Thursday, July 22, 2010

XaraLX (Xara Xtreme for Linux)

Hello normal people, today i will review a prettygood software, Xara LX.

First of all What The Flying Fuck is XaraLX??, well as it says on their website:

"Xara Xtreme for Linux is a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X."

..OK... WHAT? xD

XalaLX is an image editing software (like inkscape or gimp) with a very intuituve interface, and is really easy to learn how to use it (unlike inkscape). Or, again, as they say on their website:

"Formely known as Xara LX, it is based on Xara Xtreme for Windows, which is the fastest graphics program available, period."

-you must think: "WOW WOW WOW, ain't Xara guys beign too narcisist there?"

and i can answer to that: well, NO.
Ii have used many windows programs to edit vectors and can say XaraXtreme is pretty good, i even use it more than Freehand, why? because the interface, in my opinion one of the best optimized interface i ever seen on  a graphics software.

- But samedog, that's just the same shit that any other graphics software.
Well my friends IT'S NOT:
First, everything you need you can reach it on screen.
Second, no stupid hidden menus
Third, it's still FASTER than any other software.

As example in my system inkscape loads in almost 6 seconds, the GIMP in about 7~8 seconds and Xara in about 3~4 seconds, also Xara renders faster than inkscape, and has more options to export or import files.

- And what about size??

Well, installed XaraLX + deps it's about 70-80Mb, but if you want QUALITY you must make sacrifices.

Overall XaraLX is the best you can get for VECTORS on linux (gimp beats it's ass on "normal" graphics), fast and professional it's one of my favourites apps for daily use.

Link to dotpet [mediafire] md5sum
deps: Imagemagick [mediafire] md5sum
(dunno of any other deps, because i have lots of libs on frankenpup, will try it on a puppy431 base system to see the whole desp and upload them)

samedog out.

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