Photo & Graphic Designer ( PGD9 ) offers completely non-destructive photo editing , and it uses a fraction of the RAM required by other products. It can handle multiple very high resolution images with ease, even on a modest PC. Photo & Graphic Designer is unique in the way it handles and stores photos. PGD9 offers both manual and automatic real-time photo enhance (brightness and contrast, sharpen/ blur, saturation and temperature) plus real-time scaling and rotation even on 50 Megapixel images. Other features include flexible cropping, red eye removal, advanced levels control, perspective correction, photo erase and masking tools and the innovative content aware scaling and zooming (you can find more on some of these below).
The success, achieved PGD9 is mainly due to the following utilities:
The Magic Photo Erase tool, The Color Select & Erase tool,The new Background Erase tool, the Photo Healing tool ( which can remove spots, blemishes and scratches from your image, or for even larger scale deletions it can be used as a 'paint brush' for the Magic Erase tool), the easiest to use panorama maker, the innovative intelligent image scaling technology, the 'content aware zooming', the powerful bitmap tracer.
PGD9 is the primary tool of many illustrators and includes a set of powerful but really easy to use vector line and shape drawing and editing tools. Here belong: The Quickshape tools, the powerful new Shape Eraser and Shaper Builder tools.
PGD9 offers everything you need for adding creative text to your designs. Like any word processing program, you have full control over the text style, and indeed you can create Text Styles such as 'heading' - you can change the font, size, color and justification of the text, alter the line spacing and kerning, and have bold, italic, superscript or subscript.
PGD9 includes a selection of over 60 creative 'Live Effect' plug-ins that can transform bo+th photos and vector drawings Effects include oil painting, pencil drawing, canvas, crayon, pastel, crumpled, fish-eye, television, newspaper print, waves, blinds, 'liquid paint' for creating caricatures and many, many more. See some examples. PGD9 enables the combination of feathering and transparency is great for any photo composition work, as well as realistic vector shading, vital for any good illustration. PGD9 performs blending in a very quick and memory-efficient way compared to other drawing packages - meaning less waiting for you and less draining of your systems resources. PGD9 enables to take any shape, and just drag on the face to create a beautifully lit and shaded 3D version. Drag on the sides to extend the extrude depth. PGD9 offers a easy way to create really efficient Flash animations.
PGD9 offers several powerful tools that allow you to add realistic effects with a single click. Apply, remove, and modify semi-transparent (or 'soft') shadows to any object with the Shadow tool. Use the Bevel tool to add bevels to any object, giving them the realistic appearance of depth. And add contours around objects with the Contour tool. All resolution independent (don't lose quality when you scale them)! PGD9 is based on the sophisticated, highest performance vector rendering engine. The Direct Action Tools allow to create effects such as transparency, shadows, bevels or gradient fills in an interactive, fast and intuitive way. PGD9 offers solid live object manipulation, which simply makes it much easier to see what you're doing! It is fast enough to do this on complex vector graphics Photo & Graphic Designer offers support for a huge range of file formats, making it easy to exchange your work with other users and programs. This includes common bitmap types (eg GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, PSD, and RAW photos) and key vector types (eg PDF and AI/EPS, SVG, and EMF/WMF). For text Xara Designer supports RTF (Rich Text Format).
You can get much more information direct from the web-portal of XARA:
and from my All-in-One Slideshow-review: