Vector graphics (those commonly created using Adobe Illustrator) got a boost this week when Xara Networks released the beta version of its browser plug-in which allows vector graphics to be viewed on the Web.
Vector graphics are generally smaller than equivalent JPGs or Gifs and they don't break up into a jagged mess when you scale them - either larger or smaller.
Xara's plug-in also allows smooth shading, full anti-aliasing (smoothing out fonts and so on) and transparency, which, according to the company, solves the problem of cartoon-like quality typically associated with vector files.
Xara also claims to have ultra-fast redraw capabilities, making it up to "10 times faster than alternative plug-ins for vector graphics".
You can download the plug-in at http://www.xara.com.
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