Posted by: Anonymous
on November 01, 2007 04:47 PM
Granted, they did have a spurt of activity recently, after a long hiatus, obviously trying to grab a piece of the DTP market. Whether it will help them to stay afloat or not nobody knows, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Xara is losing the mindshare. It has never been known for its typography power, and it's not easy to reposition an application which is so old. It has always been valued for its speed and UI, and in those areas there's no development. Speed is becoming less of an advantage with modern hardware, and UI is no longer unique: yes, Inkscape has borrowed a lot of Xara UI ideas, but in many areas it has developed it much further by now. Most importantly, Inkscape innovates in creative features, something Xara hasn't done in years. Inkscape's Tweak tool, Clone tiler, absolutely superior Calligraphic pen, Paintbucket tool - all these are quite unique and have no counterpart in Xara.