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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer has a program interface that resembles the rest of the programs in this category. The menus are on top. You have 14 toolbars filled with icons at hand. Any single toolbar can be displayed and dragged to the bottom or to the right side of the program's window. Indeed you can visualize all the available icons by the Button Palette toolbar. The Page and Layer Gallery pane sits on the right side. Its right side has seven tabs, but only two at a time can be shown with their description. The rest of them are minimized down to an icon view.

The main toolbar by default is located on the left. Its name is Toolbar and it comprises the most used functions. When you hover over the icons which have little arrows, they expand to the right and show all their possible features. You can find most of the tools and options listed in the Utilities menu.

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Xara Photo & Graphic Designer has a very comprehensive help file. In addition to that there are movies on the developer's website for almost any single feature and function. A Tip of the day guide can be turned on as well. Another way to receive help is if you turn the “Info pop-ups” on. An online forum, workshops, support pages and even an online survey exist on the producer's website.


Xara Photo & Graphic Designer is a superior product which gives you power to easily create or edit images. However it may not be the proper tool for novices. Most of the time you have to guess what the button functions are because there isn't a text description for them. They have only tooltips which show up when you hover above them with your mouse. The program might have a very short trial period, but it is completely enough, because there is almost no settling-in period.


  • Lots of features and tools
  • Compatible with many formats
  • Drag-and-Drop support
  • Excellent help and tutorials


  • Only 7-day trial period
  • Trial version has limitations
  • Icons are without text
  • English version only
  • Nag screen
Reviewed by: Ivo Rusev

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