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Xara Xtreme Xbecomes Xopen Xsource.

Xara Xtreme is a vector based software. It runs under Windows and Linux environment. It is a "crossover" software, means it manages pixels and vectors at the same time.

After 15 years of proprietary software status, Xara is operating a strategical migration to open source. The fact that Adobe purchased Macromedia put the developper in a uncomfortable concurrencial situation.

Opening the software to GPL is hoped to bring "consolidation" via FLOSS communities, inspired by the succesfull Inkscape model.

The 2 societies are currently in contact to synchronise on a common file format, and to develop a converter which would enable to turn Xara (Xar) into SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics - around which Inkscape is constructed). This would give the ability for both sotwares to import and export numbers of other formats as well.

The Mac OSX version is still in development.
Xara Xtreme on the Mac
We have a new cross-platform code base, WXWidgets based, that is cross platform C++ and should work on the Mac, but we're short of Mac developers and testers that can help progress this. If you're a Mac developer willing to help us please contact us. Our first stage goal is simply to get a working viewer to the same level as the Linux build.