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Xara & McGraw Hill combine to offer graphic artists a chance to see their work in print

April 21, 2009

​Xara has announced a new artwork contest and they’re offering something very unique as a prize: the chance for six lucky winners to have their work published in 'Xara Xtreme, The Official Guide' by Gary David Bouton, to be released by the fall by McGraw Hill Professional.

Six full color pages will be devoted to showcasing and celebrating the talent of Xara artists. The contest is open to anyone and artwork can be in any style or on any theme of the artist’s choosing – though naturally the artwork must be created in Xara's award winning graphic design software Xara Xtreme (full or free 30 day trial). Five judges from the graphics industry will pick the fortunate winners in early July.

The book is being written by popular computer guide author Gary Bouton, who has documented a wide range of graphics applications and techniques, including video editing and special effects, photo retouching, 3D modeling, and illustration. Readers will see how to create both commercial and fine art using Xara and more importantly, how to develop techniques that display their own style of artistic expression.

Charles Moir, Managing Director of Xara said "Gary has written a series of excellent and very popular books on Photoshop, so it's great that he's creating a book about Xara Xtreme. It helps support the growing popularity of Xara software. The opportunity from McGraw Hill Professional to showcase some new and original Xara created artwork in his book is a great idea."

The closing date for entries is June 15th and you can find out more at


For more details or a review copy of Xara Xtreme please contact: Nova Fisher, [email protected] Tel: +44 1392 209509

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About Xara Group Ltd

Xara has been developing cutting edge software in the UK since 1981 making it one of the very earliest European software houses. Xara has developed a wide range of products covering the whole realm of publishing and graphics software. Xara Designer remains the world's fastest, and many believe, the world's best drawing and illustration software.

Xara has a particularly strong technology and innovation history. It pioneered many of the graphics technologies and techniques now standard in the industry today such as anti-aliased vector graphics, vector transparency, object feathering, etc. Many of its user interface techniques have been adopted by the industry. Xara's latest innovation is Xara Online Designer, a cloud based service that offers the ability to create rich graphical documents in a web browser, using any device and in collaboration with colleagues.

In January, 2007, Xara Group Ltd was acquired by MAGIX AG and benefits from a distribution partnership with another wholly owned subsidiary, MAGIX Software GmbH.


MAGIX has been a leading international provider of high-quality software, online services and digital content for multimedia communications since 1993. The MAGIX product range is targeted towards both laymen and professionals alike, going beyond the PC platform to include seamlessly integrated online and mobile applications. MAGIX operates internationally from branches in the USA, Canada, the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands.