Thursday 16 April 2009

Xara Xtreme

I want to let you into a secret. Xara Xtreme.

Many of you bloggers and personal webpage authors run busy families. Or are just simply not in the market for professional software prices. Adobe Photoshop is the current standard, and I know Adobe have produced "Elements" to fill the gap in this market.

Well, over the years of perusing computer mags, I became aware of Xara.

Their programmes grew and grew in power and now they not only have one of the most user friendly photo and drawing packages "Xtreme" but do a web authoring package "Web Designer", which is also just about everything you'd ever need....but at a fraction of the cost. The best way to get to know their stuff is to watch their demo movies.
I use Xtreme for messing around with photos here, creating designs, trying to illustrate 3rd level stuff....when as you know it's interior you can't hand it to someone and say here's a packet of Jesus Christ, just plant it here in your stomach and it'll grow and you'll raise all the dead in your neighbourhood by Tuesday!. (Well why not I just thought?!)
I've used Xtreme for preparing the cover and words booklet to "Early Harvest". I've not really had too much success with the animation part of Xtreme...but I have not given enough time to it. It's not particularly complicated.

On their site you will find THE MOST inspiring pieces of artwork and illustrations from intricate watches and microscopes to the most incredible portraits.All done in Xtreme.

Their original speciality was rotating word graphics and logos for webpages.

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