24 October 2005

"So we decided to do something dramatic"

Xara Xtreme on Linux displaying a carOh, good. Something else to do with all of my spare time.

It seems that a small UK company has decided that it doesn’t want to be crushed or bought out. I’m wondering if they will suddenly be made an offer that they can’t refuse, but meanwhile it’d be great if they do succeed in Open Sourcing Xara Xtreme. Either way, the cat is out of the bag (another favoured way of putting it is “The can is open, the worms are everywhere!”); they’ve even published a Torrent for it.

Open Sourcing is a good, productive reaction to the threat of destruction. DeScribe launched one last version of their software for free before closing their doors forever, but it would have been even better if they’d also published the source. The GPL wasn’t a major force in those days.

Xara aren’t shy about their big ideas:

  • To create a new cross-platform industry standard
  • To change the graphics landscape forever
  • To create the best drawing / vector graphics software that has ever existed
  • At the same time create a genuinely useful, general-purpose graphics tool for everyone

The program itself looks very cool, a kind of broad-spectrum/generalised Blender.

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