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.

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.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 June 2006 16:28 )