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Xara Designer - very good alternative

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Xara Designer - very good alternative

Postby tomas-arad » Sun Dec 19, 2010 9:47 pm

For windows user is a best alternative, very fast, great features, many export format including pdf, pdf-x, tiff, svg, png, jpg, ai, eps, swf, html (pro version). Multi-page edit. Not to expensive.
http://www.xara.com/us/
But I missing the Freehand artboard, the very good and inegalabile fh text tools.
Sorry, my english isn't perfect.
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Re: Xara Designer - very good alternative

Postby Albacore » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:10 pm

I am a strong Xara user since FH has had no development since MX and PDF exports have moved on leaving me with little or no reason to keep on using FH as my main tool. I find my work output much faster using Xara Design Pro 6 however it lacks many useful features found still in mx. I would recommend all FH user to have a 30 day trial of the new Pro version and I still think they are offering a small discount for FH users. If you try this programme forget all about using the Pen Tool as your main drawing tool as this is all done by the Shape Editor.

The main draw back of using Xara is the colour management as it is all done in RGB but then PDF export filter converts to CMYK leaving the output a bit of a lottery.
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Re: Xara Designer - very good alternative

Postby gormur » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:51 pm

What is the best alternative for Mac users.
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Re: Xara Designer - very good alternative

Postby allenlw » Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:50 am

I have been using Canvas X for the Mac. But its publisher abandoned development for the Mac about 5 years ago. Still, the existing Canvas X for the Mac does an excellent job -- even with the Intel processors.
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Re: Xara Designer - very good alternative

Postby thorpug » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:14 pm

Yes Designer Pro 6 is very good.. am also using Web Pro 6 on Windows 7 BUT alas I have not found anything like Freehand for the MAC. Wish I could say I did.
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Re: Xara Designer - very good alternative

Postby tomas-arad » Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:32 pm

eazyDraw can be the one alternative on Mac
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