before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. If anyone knows any developers with experience of SVG, then our new import / export system should make it very easy for them to create a great SVG plug-in filter. Charles – that sounds nice. I am exicted about hearing which object model you will support in X2. Will the Xara drawing be visibel as a sort of DOM tree, will it be a XML model or… Charles typically does not like to talk about a product that is still in development in the open forum. You might have better luck with your questions if you PM him. If anyone knows any developers with experience of SVG, then our new import / export system should make it very easy for them to create a great SVG plug-in filter. In other words, we’re not supporting SVG in the next release. Features, otherwise incorporated by other software in the main program, will be available to Xara by means of an extra download (read, added costs) and depend on the experience or willingness of third-party developers. Seems to me that, though I love Xara X very much, i will not upgrade to a new version. If I buy a piece of software I expect it to perform the most common tasks one has intended to do with that piece of software. If the developers decide not to support im/export of important graphic formats than I’ll consider that software as badly crippled. (the most important graphics formats are imho EPS, TIFF, AI, PSD, SWF, SVG, JPEG, EMF, PNG, GIF, PDF, XAR in no particular order…) I my self is a professionel application developer who also does graphics (webdesigner). It has never happend to me to find any! piece of software which has a 360 degrees coverage of all my needs in a specific area. For instance Microsoft Visual Studio.NET Architect Edition does NOT cover all my needs in the area for building websites!!! No, I need Xara X1 (!) for any Graphics task related to a website (or other graphics programs). You might argue that it is a poor comperation, but I think not. The Graphics lack in MSVS.NET is only an example of an App not covering 360 degrees, and to be honest: It’s okay! Another point you might view it from: In a football team you have 11 players – why? Well, not one player playes EVERY role on the ground 100% perfect (not even Ronaldino! ,-)). The thing which is a very nice upcomming feature is the ‘open door’ which will allow for other ‘players’ to access the ‘ball’ (read: your drawing), do something with, and pass it back to Xara X2, or another external player… The thing which is a very nice upcomming feature is the ‘open door’ which will allow for other ‘players’ to access the ‘ball’ (read: your drawing), do something with, and pass it back to Xara X2, or another external player… this plug-in feature has been developed years ago. And even to Xara’s vectordrawing flagship by means of the Photoshop-filter architecture. Such a pity that it only supported the v4 plug-in architecture. I’ll keep my point that a modern graphic application should support the main file formats that are around these days out of the box and not as an afterthought. If a new file format pops up after it’s initial release than it’s nice to have a way of adding it afterwards or to have a possibility to write one’s own import/export filter (I, for one, would benefit from a plug-in which would allow me to import GIS maps like ARCView shapes or Autocad files) if needed. But I stake my case that there should be at least SVG import/export for the new application. What else should urge me to leave Illustrator CS2? (And don’t mention the intuitive interface! After all, cardriving isn’t intuitive at all and still everybody is putting effort in it to learn. Let alone driving a F1 car.) The PhotoShop plug-in interface is just one kind of letting other apps. access Xara X objects. I expect that other API’s will be added. Speaking of cars – I see Adobe Illustrator CS2 as a Mercedes high end car, while Xara X is a small litle charming sports car. We would all like to drive Mercedes but our money and feelings tells us to go for the charming Xara X2. – But who says that you cannot have 2 cars? You for one need the robust serious Illustrator CS2 and then for some special tasks, you could prefer Xara X2. I do wonder whether Xara have been holding off on this to wait till they get their hands on the new Macromedia release – in case Flash does anything differently. the image is chopped in blocks that are annoying. If you wan to convert to format that Xara X1 recognize, you can try with several formats that have in common with Xara X1. Source.