Carol, I have a wacom tablet. I know most artists who use the wacom do their work on photoshop. but if I want to do mostly pencil-type sketches, would it be better from a workflow standpoint to do it on Xara or photoshop? When I first got into it, I wanted to use Illustrator for sketching because of the vectors being lossless and all. However, the big problem with Illustrator vs. Photoshop is the selection features. In PS, the fundamental powerful feature is being able to select all different kinds of things (funky shaped areas, colors, etc.). In Illustrator, it's not really meant for that. I find Illustrator is more meant for crisp kind of graphics, with well defined borders and sections. Photoshop is more "messy" and more drawing-like.
Anyway, I guess I'm wondering about Xara's capabilties as a artist's sketching tool vs. the Adobe products. All we ever hear about is Adobe and sometimes Painter. Not many people talk about Xara's capabilties.