First-Rate Commercial Vector Graphics Editor Totally Free (Expired)

For some years Xara has been developing a vector graphics editor in its family of image creation products.  Their efforts have produced a first rate illustration software.  Whether your a professional seeking an alternative to illustrators like Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator, or a casual user wanting to acquire a quality vector editor without breaking the bank, this may be just what you have been looking for.

Xara XS Screen ShotXara XS, is a special version of Xara Xtreme, Xara's flagship product, and we here at Gizmo's Freeware are pleased to be able to offer it to you completely free of charge.   Having worked in the graphics design field for many years, I have used most of the big name illustration software packages.   The first time I ran across Xara I was sceptical, but after trying it for just a few minutes I was hooked.  One of the first things I noticed is how much faster I could do my work.  Each of the tools are well designed and intuitive.  The process of drawing and editing shapes is very straight forward.   The tools for creating gradients, and transparency work beautifully, allowing for precise and visual adjustment directly on the object. The text tools work very well and the results of fitting the text to a complex path are some of the best I have seen.
Xara Xtreme Box
If you find Xara XS to your liking, but want more features, you can use XS as an upgrade path to Xtreme or Xtreme Pro.  The generous folks over at are offering a discount of 30% off the normal price if you decide to upgrade.   To get the upgrade discount simply enter the username and password you created when you registered the free XS version.  (The upgrade special is valid for 60 days after you first install the free version) For more information on Xara XS and upgrade details go here.

The special free version of Xara XS exclusive to Gizmo Freeware readers can be downloaded from the link below:

Link removed - offer expired

XaraXS.exe (45.809MB)
MD5: 2578f9d5ee45d840f6bf7f6489566b76
SHA-1: 4e9762e06b66d33251e7751b1bf52d4536b9ebc7
- these numbers are hash safety check results that can be performed on a download file, see this page :-

Commercial trial versions of both the standard and Pro editions of Xara Xtreme 4 can be downloaded here.

Xara has recently released version 5 of their software.  Downloads for trials of version 5 are available from their website here.

Note to webmasters: Feel free to publish this exclusive offer but please link back to this article rather than copy the text to your site. 


To activate this free version, start Xara XS. Up comes the small registration screen. Click the left-hand top button, 'Register this copy'. Your browser will open. If you are new to Xara, you will have to get an account with a password. Do that. After registering, the serial number will be sent to your e-mail adress. This will take only a few seconds. Check your e-mail and copy the serial number. On the Xara XS start screen click the button 'Run Xara XS'. In the next screen enter your serial number.

Also you will find that in your Xara account, there is a download option for this app, so if our server packs up due to the load, it looks like you can get it direct from Xara if you open an account and quote ''.

Thanks to Jaap NL :)



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by Anonymous on 22. August 2009 - 14:19  (31324)

48 hours and still no reg no. Do I try again?

by Anonymous on 21. August 2009 - 1:41  (31253)

Finally got through to request a registration number, but hours later it still has not been emailed to me. Checked the Spam box, too. Hope it shows up. If it doesn't, do I try to register again?

by Anonymous on 19. August 2009 - 13:57  (31160)

thank you,

by Anonymous on 18. August 2009 - 14:15  (31082)

Xara Xtreme for Linux is Open Source and is always free. - one more reason to Linuxize.

by Anonymous on 19. August 2009 - 2:47  (31127)

Thanks. That's hot!

by Anonymous on 17. August 2009 - 6:53  (27278)

Can't register the product, it says " There was an unexpected problem communicating with the data servers. If the problem continues, please contact the support team.
Click back to try again, using your email address and password. "

Server still down is it?

by Ritho on 17. August 2009 - 18:28  (31030)

The registration server as of Monday is back online. I just tried it an it worked fine. If you don't get your key right away be sure to check your spam folder and settings. Some have reported problems with yahoo mail, but after trying a different email they got their key immediately.

Gizmo's Freeware Team

by Anonymous on 16. August 2009 - 16:23  (27236)

Hard to review a limited version with registration errors all weekend. I sure hope the software is not as buggy as their registration server

-edited- for brevity.

by Ritho on 16. August 2009 - 19:34  (27244)

Sorry you have had trouble with the registration process, and thank you for bringing this to our attention. I made a note to our readers above. Hopefully they will be able to get their server back on line quickly after the weekend.

Gizmo's Freeware Team

by Anonymous on 16. August 2009 - 9:20  (27201)

I've been trying for two days to register for XaraXS at the Xara site, but their submit page just keep crashing with error messages about problems with their database. Consequently, I have not been able to register and so I've still not been able to get a license key.
I hope Xara notice this soon because it is useless right now.

by Anonymous on 15. August 2009 - 19:58  (27173)

I'm getting this message when I try to register:

..Server Error in '/STRATUS' Application.
..Error communicating with Magix servers.


by Anonymous on 15. August 2009 - 19:37  (27171)

Error at registration

Stack Trace:

[MagixAPICallFailedException: Error communicating with Magix servers.]
Stratus.User.Mx.MxSend2(String post_data)
Stratus.User.Mx.MxSend(String dtd, String id, String xml)
Stratus.User.Mx.MxUserExists(String email)
Stratus.User.StratusUser.CreateAccount(String Email, String Password, String PasswordHint, String FirstNames, String LastName, String Country, Int32 ReferrerID, Int32 MarketingCode, Boolean bMailshot)
Stratus.Pages.StratusClass.Call(StratusClass instance)
Stratus.Pages.StratusClass.Call(String name)
Stratus.Pages.StratusClass.Process(StratusContext Context, String RootTypeName)
StratusWebApp.main.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) +67
System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() +35
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +720

by Anonymous on 14. August 2009 - 15:46  (27091)

I have used Xara Xtreme 5 (not pro), Corel Draw, Corel PhotoPaint, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as several lesser (read: cheapo) programs.

The first thing is that users always like what they are USED TO.
The second thing is that more power equals more complexity.

The reason Adobe products are "king of the hill" in the graphics world is that they are so incredibly powerful, they can do virtually anything you can think of. However, their two drawbacks are their complexity (comes with the power), and their file sizes.

Power users, those people who take the trouble to wade through the complexity and learn the programs, love the power this gives them.

Also, with today's cheap disk storage, file sizes aren't the issue they used to be; the only big issue with huge files is sending them to someone else.

Given a choice for a quick project, I will always turn to Xara products because (a) they are relatively small and load quickly, where Adobe products usually take five to twenty times as long to load; (b) their user interface is infinitely more intuitive than any other graphics program; (c) they have relatively miniscule file sizes; When you do layers of a photo in Photoshop, the program saves multiple copies of the photo, the layers, etc., but in Xara, they never even save one copy of the original photo. The XAR files only point to the original photo and then save INSTRUCTIONS for all the changes you make to it. This results in tiny file sizes, the same way a vector graphics image is usually much smaller than a raster graphics image - the vector graphics only saves locations and instructions; (d) The Xara programs have at least 92% of the power of Photoshop, which usually includes everything I would ever need; (e) Xara has EXCELLENT tutorials on their website; and (f) the Xara prices for their products are amazingly low, and I want to support them to keep them in business this way.

Not everyone likes Xara, but I'm sure that's because they're used to something else and don't want to take the time to learn it.

By the way, Xara has another new product out, Xara Web Designer, which looks to be pretty good, but I haven't found the way around several obstacles yet, so the jury is still out on that one. The tutorials on many of its features are still too skimpy.

Hope this helps.

by Anonymous on 14. August 2009 - 2:53  (27063)


Just a note for the security conscious...

Immediately after installing this version of XaraXS on my XP machine, Secunia PSI popped up an alert. PSI reported that "This installation of Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) 4.x is insecure and potentially exposes your system to security threats".

It seems that Xara installed an old insecure version of msxml4.dll. Not a disaster but perhaps it would be wise to use as a safety measure after installation.


by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 23:05  (27055)

Downloaded, registered and installed without a hitch. Thanks for the great find!

by mr6n8 on 13. August 2009 - 22:20  (27053)

I downloaded from the main server ( and it was an .exe and I had no problems installing.
On first opening it has a link to register. All went very quickly and I received my serial number in the email almost instantly. Entered the serial number and I was up and running.
When opening it has a nag screen to upgrade, but you can tick do not show again.
Also asked me if I wanted to download updated help files and movies. I said download and man there were a lot of help movies (short).
There also is a nag screen for upgrade on exit that I do not think can be disabled.

Looks very impressive.


by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 21:24  (27044)

The download from 'Main Server' has 'txt' extension. Change it to 'exe' and it works fine. Great prog. Thanks.

by dollyp on 13. August 2009 - 19:20  (27033)

Does anyone know if it can import files from Serif DrawPlus?

by dollyp on 14. August 2009 - 20:19  (27105)

Installed Xara and answered my own question. There appears to be no common format between these programs that will allow DrawPlus to export to a format that can be imported as a vector drawing into Xara.

by caktus on 13. August 2009 - 17:04  (27025)

The Xara Pro (61.605MB) download setup was corrupt and of course would not install, even after several attempts to down load.

by ianjrichards (not verified) on 14. August 2009 - 3:07  (27065)

I'v uploaded a new copy Caktus. Prior to uploading I confirmed that it installed OK. Let me know if this is now working for you.


by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 19:59  (27037)

Same here. Program did not complete installation or run.

by chris.p on 13. August 2009 - 19:27  (27035)

Always use a download manager for any download over 5MB, even on broadband.

I recommend FDM (Free Download Manager), it works directly with Firefox without using any additional plugin. It sections downloads, like Jetcar / Flashget does (and was first with as far as I know), so you run 3 or 4 simultaneous downloads and it fills the bandwidth efficiently.

I would be fairly cautious about blaming a firm like Xara for a corrupt download.


by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 21:44  (27045)

Free Download Manager works well with FF IF you install it. For stuff <1GB I also use NO DL Manager without problems.

by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 20:02  (27038)

Noone is blaming anyone for anything.. the download simply does not work... should it not be discussed?
As for download managers I use none and never have problems with files.

by webart on 13. August 2009 - 14:16  (27020)

Thank you Gizmo for the great stuff!

by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 14:11  (27019)

I was using AI for last 5 years from time to time. Now tried Xara for 10 minutes and only can say WOW.

I think the difference is that Adobe makes products the way they like them (feature-oriented) and Xara is made the way users like (user-oriented).

I would recommend Xara to all "semi-professionals" like me.

by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 1:33  (26975)

How do you activate the free version ?
Mine won't let me.

Any help out there?

by Anonymous on 13. August 2009 - 9:47  (27001)

To activate this free version, start Xara XS. You will first get een little screen, which asks you to register. Click on 'Register this copy'. Your browser will open. If you are new to Xara, you will have to get an account with password. Do that. After registering, the serial number will be sent to your e-mail adress. This will take only a few seconds. Check your e-mail and copy the serial number. On the little start screen of Xara XS click then on the button 'Run Xara XS'. In the next screen enter your serial number.

I hope this will help you. Or did you do that already?

Jaap (The Netherlands)

by Anonymous on 15. August 2009 - 18:16  (27169)

I got the register screen--browser opens (FF 3.5) input email for account sign-up, get error message:
"Error communicating with Magix servers."
and a bunch of script.

Cannot get a serial number.

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