^ well that's a judgement in itself
I expected it would be interpreted that way.
Thing is, Xara (for vector work) is, and has been for many years, superb. Particularly the speed:functionality ratio is stunning. I want to get better with it, just because what can
be done with it is quite breathtaking.
I'm usually a bit behind the curve with Xara, however. The pricing is normally beyond me so I pick up special offers on older versions and because it does stuff that (for me, anyway) is a bit less than mainstream, I keep it for cases of specific need but don't use it much.
The current thing brought a specific need (an awkward bit of photo manipulation that would have taken a very long time with a normal clone tool) and a special offer on pricing together and I bought into it. The "magic" extraction tool really is very good (even if I still have difficulty remembering how to get at it) and seems to match the capabilities of things I've only seen as very expensive Photoshop plugins.
The vector capabilities of Xara remain better than anything else I've ever used. It and a graphics tablet create the smoothest freehand lines I've ever been able to manage, without much (or sometimes any) need for post-editing of curves. But I CAN'T learn to like the interface.
I have Sagelight myself (and illustrator & Freehand for vector) so probably not going to be investing in Xara anyway...
I've never had the chance to play with Freehand. Well out of my budget range!