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Xara Xtreme for Linux

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

Xara Xtreme for Linux:

* Is very fast, very slick to use.
* Offers some of the most powerful graphics tools available.
* Is simple to use and learn.
* Has a clean, un-cluttered user interface. Few floating dialogs, palettes, menus etc.
* Is able to create a huge range of outstanding graphics.
* Has a huge resource of learning material, tutorials, movies, tips and a very active enthusiastic and growing user community.


Xara Xtreme is the world's fastest vector drawing program, by a huge margin. This is partly due to using the world's fastest vector rendering engine and partly due to the inherent Xara X architecture. In graphics software, performance matters. Performance is directly related to productivity (less waiting around) and also enables more rich, more complex designs to be created more easily.

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Vector rendering engine performance
These tests were using the platform portable C version of the Xara rendering engine. Tests performed on identical bezier shapes on the same machine calling the rendering engines directly.

More complex polygon rendering involving graduated colour fills and graduated transparency show even greater advantages. We don't believe Cairo or GDI+ support graduated transparency separate from the graduated fill (important for many graphic designs), but Adobe Illustrator, and PDF 1.4 do (as does Quartz on the Mac). This comparison, using the Windows versions of Xara Xtreme and Illustrator CS2 illustrate the relative speed of both products.

What can Xara Xtreme on Linux do?
Xara Xtreme on Linux is now close to having all the features of the Windows version. Click here for a long list of it's current capabilities.
Tar Archive Installation Instructions on Linux on 32 bit x86 architecture (i.e. most PC linux)
If you don't want to use the Autopackage provided, download one of the tar files instead and unpack it using the following tar command (the archive is bzip2 compressed):-

tar xvjf xaralx0.7_rev1692.tar.bz2

This will give you a xaralx directory which contains the xaralx executable and supporting files. Just run bin/xaralx. There is also an 'Examples' subfolder containing a bunch of example designs (XAR files). Use the File, Open menu option to open a XAR file.

The binaries we distribute require libstdc++ version 5, which is not installed as standard on some modern distributions (for example Ubuntu 5.10). To install this library you will need to install a compatibility package using your distributions package manager (called something like libstdc++5 or compat-libstdc++-33). This is not neccessary if you install using the Autopackage archive as Autopackage takes care of this automatically.
Tar Archive Installation Instructions on Linux AMD64

Xara Xtreme compiles as a 64 bit native binary. However, the binaries above are 32 bit applications, but should run in compatibility mode on x86_64 architecture (e.g. AMD machines). If you want to run native 64 bit, currently you must compile the source yourself.

The binaries above will run out the of the box on several 64 bit Linux distributions including Ubuntu Dapper. However, on some distributions, you may need a little tweaking to run the binary: you might want to try the following, which will help with other GTK applications (tested on Ubuntu Breezy Badger only, but it should also work on a Debian system - others you may have to work it out yourself).

* Follow the above instructions to dowload the 32 bit application

* Create a 32 bit pixbuf loaders file:

sed 's:/usr/lib/:/usr/lib32/:' < /etc/gtk-2.0/gdk-pixbuf.loaders > /etc/gtk-2.0/gdk-pixbuf.loaders32

* Create /etc/pango32/pangorc with the following in





* Create a script to launch 32 bit applications, in /usr/bin, called 32bit, containing the following


export GTK_PATH=/usr/lib32/gtk-2.0/

export PANGO_RC_FILE=/etc/pango32/pangorc

export GDK_PIXBUF_MODULE_FILE=/etc/gtk-2.0/gdk-pixbuf.loaders32


* Launch the application from the appopriate directory with

32bit ./XaraLX

Xara Xtreme on other Linux platforms

Sorry! We don't yet have binaries available for other Linux platforms. But just as soon as we've made the rest of the source available, you should be able to build Xara LX for any Linux platform that supports wxWidgets, and gcc version 3.4.0 or later.

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Ubuntu is a Linux distribution that offers an operating system predominantly focused on desktop computers but also provides support for servers. Based on Debian GNU / Linux, Ubuntu focuses on ease of use, freedom in usage restriction, regular releases (every 6 months) and ease of installation.
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