Launched today is a new version of Xara3D6. Just like the no-frills airlines Xara have launched a stripped down version – it’s a download-only – no CDs, no free Webster and no manual, – just the program itself and associated resources, such as sample images, textures and fonts. Users can now buy this version for only US$29 (+ VAT in EU).
The boxed retail version remains but the price has been adjusted to US$49 (+ VAT in EU) slightly lower than it was before. So now there are two versions, the download costing US$29 and the boxed including Xara3D and Webster CDs and a manual for US$49. It operates on Windows XP/Vista.
Xara3D can be used to create top quality still and animated 3D text and graphics, such as titles, headings, buttons and logos – perfect for web pages, mailshots and presentations.. It’s extremely popular with Photoshop owners for creating 3D typographic effects for use in Photoshop.
“Using 3D software is notoriously hard. It’s not just expensive, but the UI, the usability of almost all existing 3D software is intimidating to say the least. This is not so with Xara3D. We call it simple-ware – the easiest, simplest 3D software you’ll ever likely to come across. It’s designed to do one thing – create stunning 3D text headings, and to do that job supremely well with the absolute minimum learning curve”. said Charles Moir, “Now with the launch of a download only version at a very low price, it’s affordable for anyone wanting to create high quality 3D headings and logos in seconds. With millions of downloads, Xara3D remains Xara’s most popular product.”
For more information, including a demo movie, trial download and example graphics visit xara.com/xara3d
Xara has been developing mass-market software since 1981, the early Microcomputer era. It has focused mostly on publishing related software products, starting from Wordwise, a hugely popular Word Processor in the ’80s, to desktop publishing software (Impression) and graphics products in the ’90s for the Acorn RISC computer. Xara’s first Windows product, Xara Studio, was quickly snapped up and marketed by Corel in the late ’90s as CorelXara. The rights were acquired back from Corel and it has since evolved into the successful Xara Xtreme. .
Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques used by the industry today. It was the first to introduce vector anti-aliasing, the first with vector transparency and graduated transparency and the first with vector feathering. Many of its User Interface techniques have been adopted by the industry. The graphics engine that is at the core of many Xara products still remains the world’s fastest and most powerful.
In January, 2007, Xara Ltd was acquired by Magix AG from Berlin, Germany. The company now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary.