Designer Pro X

  • Posted by: 26-06-2020, 18:52
  • LICENSE: Free


Designer Pro X

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Graphic designing solution for small to midsize businesses that enables designers with creating and editing illustrations, web pages, print media, photos, and more.

Product Details

Web and print designing solution that enables designers to create illustrations, edit photos, design webpages, and more.

Contact Details

Xara
http://www.xara.com
Founded in 2016
Located in Germany


Starting Price $199.00/one-time/user
Deployment Installed - Mac
Installed - Windows
Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
iPhone / iPad
Android
Training In Person
Live Online
Webinars
Documentation
Support Business Hours



Pros:"If we talk exclusively about design, my experience is excellent, it has everything you need in a very friendly environment to make excellent designs.""Designer pro was at least for me the first online tool that allowed me great practicality as well as advanced design functions.""Also, they continuously improve it and add additional features. A great alternative to designing websites if you do not like or do not want some of the inconveniences of Wordpress.""I loved the old adobe Fireworks program and Designer Pro is the best replacement I have found. Seems to do everything Fireworks did and then some."
Cons:"Some very essential / basic features are too difficult to figure it out.""But If you for some reason, reinstall the software even on the same computer and do not pay for another 12 months of renewal, you will lose all of your updates accumulated in the first 12 months.""Product support isn't great. The company just seems to be worried about selling the product than assisting with questions.""Sometimes design elements can be hidden at the back of the page and you miss that they are there, or frustratingly you place an element on the page and you can't find it."


“Gets users away from the "same look" of built-in "out of the box" online web design”



Overall:
Easy to use, and yes, OK, sometimes a bit quirky in terms send-to-back and bring-to-front, but gives a very good result. Great price and does what I want it to do. Very convenient that as you build your main internet website, it builds tablet and mobile versions alongside.
Pros:
For those who want relatively easy-to use WYSIWYG webs-design software to get away from the relative "same look" of the instant, on-line web site space providers, this could be the programme for you. While it has a multitude of templates for purchase that are fully customisable, you do have ultimate control through the fact that you have the software installed locally on your machine, which is one of the biggest advantages. One of its other big advantages is that it is easy to get to know how to use - you just need a little experience with placeholders to get things right. That having been said, it is very easy to start a website from scratch out of the box.The software allows you to make a PC, tablet and mobile-optimised website side-by-side as you work, which is a very useful function. Adding third party elements such as html code to run widgets etc is very easy, and you can inspect things as you go along. here is the ability to view the single web page or the entire website you are working on (internally via the software or via the browsers [driven by Xara] that you have installed on your PC).The software always opens "where you left off" and the in-built tab system lets you load any multiple sites you may be working on (very useful if you are working on a main site and its sub-domains).And if you are a bit beyond out of the box website design, the software allows you to take things more into your own hands
Cons:
You do have to have access to the PC you installed the software on as well as your files for design elements you add such as images and text (this is not a collaborative piece of CMS software), although with know-how you can possibly make a portable version of the software. You need to keep an eye on where you locate your files, especially if you make a large website, so that you have access to any elements you may wish to change - the software doesn't remind you where you keep the elements you use, so if you use, for example, a photograph from a memory stick, you must remember to ensure that photograph is also stored locally on the PC in case you need to make changes.Sometimes design elements can be hidden at the back of the page and you miss that they are there, or frustratingly you place an element on the page and you can't find it.


“A well rounded, professional all-in-one software for design, photo editing, DTP, websites and more.”



Overall:
Xara Web Designer Pro 365 has an enormous number of features. It will give you an integrated solution for almost all of your design, layout, DTP, Illustration and web design needs. The learning path is worth diving in. It is a stable, professional product that belongs in the top ten tools of my design toolbox. It carries a modest price and has a rather confusing update service. If you are in a small or medium business as a freelancer, UX/UI/web designer, a publisher or a photographer just to name a few, I suggest that you give Xara Designer Pro 365 a try. Definitely recommended.
Pros:
Xara Designer Pro365 (version 15.0 tested) is an absolutely robust and well-integrated software package for design, photo manipulation, Illustration, layout, DTP and web design tasks. It is Windows Vista/7/8/10 compatible. Very fast and stable. A capable alternative to Adobe Photoshop.You can professionally create different graphic design elements for the professional looking logos, a web responsive mock websites and much more. It has a sophisticated photo edit and manipulation tool. It is an easy-to-use once you learn the basics. The following features I like:1. Help, tutorial, and support sections.2. Over a million different archive photos and illustrations. 3. Hundreds of templates, filters, effects, layouts, and elements of all kinds.4. Regular updates and upgrades.5. Unlimited Undo/Redo function.6. PDF manipulation and export functions.7. 3-D objects Manipulation.8. Many creative effects.9. Adobe plugins integration. 10. Up to 25,601% zoom for very detailed work.11. Intelligent scaling.12. Color separation.13. Many data formats including Raw formats.14. Interactive presentations.
Cons:
I would like to see a phone instead of an email only support and some people may desire Xara Designer ProX365 localization in languages other than English and German. Also, Xara Designer ProX365 comes with their version of the subscription program called the Update Service. That's why there is the number 365 in the name. It is free for the first 12 months from the date you buy the software, and it keeps your software up-to-date for one year with new updates and improvements.After the initial 365 days of updates expire, you have to pay for renewal at a discounted price. If you decide not to pay for your renewal, you can continue to use your software plus all the updates they granted you for the first 12 months. But If you for some reason, reinstall the software even on the same computer and do not pay for another 12 months of renewal, you will lose all of your updates accumulated in the first 12 months. Then, the software reverts to its original, basic form just as it was when you bought it 12 months ago.So, since it is just a preview of the next year update, Xara cannot grant you a continuous use of those new features unless you pay for the next 12 months. I suggest further reading of their fine print, terms, and conditions.


“Very powerful design software, but not too intuitive...”



Overall:
Very helpful, we use it basically to design websites, we are happy even it is not the most intuitive piece of software, but once you learn how to perform certain tasks, then you will love it.
Pros:
This is really very powerful software for designers. Once you figure it out, you are only limited by your imagination. Also, they continuously improve it and add additional features. A great alternative to designing websites if you do not like or do not want some of the inconveniences of Wordpress,
Cons:
Some very essential / basic features are too difficult to figure it out. It is not too intuitive at all, even sometimes using the help on the software.
Reasons for Switching to Designer Pro X: 
WebPlus was discontinued, so we need to find alternative software.


“3 Tools in one...”



Overall:
Overall, Xara has been a good value for our team. It is a little Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign wrapped up into one package. The file sizes are generally small and the programs run light and fast. I have been able to train our team on this relatively quickly.
Pros:
I love the flexibility of this program. It has a lot of capability and is still and light program that does not bog down your system.
Cons:
It can be buggy at times and customer support is overseas so it takes a long time for them to hit you back. I wish this was available on MAC. They have a new software that is cloud based but it is not up to par yet.


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