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A great many people use Xara Xtreme as their primary and often sole graphics tool to create all their web graphics (as do we of course - all graphics on all Xara websites are created entirely in Xara Xtreme and Webstyle). So we thought we'd give this month's issue of the Outsider a web graphics flavor.

We've recently made some new web graphics templates available for Webstyle - template pack 5. And also a limited-time offer on Webstyle itself, which is the easiest way of creating great looking web graphics - without actually having to draw or design anything!

At the other end of the scale, we have some stunning new images, both as Outsider inspirational art and in our new screenshot gallery. There are some truly talented artists creating wonderful images with Xara Xtreme.
There's been a flurry of outstanding artwork examples appearing in the Xara gallery. So this month there's not one but four separate inspirational examples, all in different styles. Find out more

We've recently announced the release of 0.7 as the stable version and recommend that you update to this version if you have not already. http://www.xaraxtreme.org/download/

And we've created a new screenshot gallery: http://www.xaraxtreme.org/about/screenshots.html

All of these drawings were produced on the Windows version, but it graphically demonstrates the huge variety of styles and work that Xara users create with Xara Xtreme. It also shows that the Linux version is now fully capable of loading all these files.

You can create some cool effects like this with Alien Skin's Classic Mosaic effect, just one of 17 great plug-ins included free with Xara Xtreme. It's part of the Xenofex 2 collection of 14 plug-ins normally sold by Alien Skin for $129, but available to Xtreme owners for just $59!

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Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs. Our pick of top talk this month:

Xtreme tip: Select under. Select inside
These are two of the most commonly required key shortcuts. Hold the Alt key down while in the Selector Tool. The mouse-pointer changes to an upside down pointer, and each time you click it will select the next document 'under' in the stack of objects.

You can also select an object inside a group (something you can't do with most other illustration software) by holding Ctrl while in the Selector Tool. Click on the object and it's selected inside the group.

If all else fails change to outline mode and click directly on the object's outline - you can still use Ctrl to select object inside groups.

Template Pack 5 offers some great new page layouts and heading designs for owners of Webstyle 4:
  • 5 new web page designs in up to 9 layouts, including a photo album
  • 13 new heading designs, several with additional variations on a theme and with both heading and sub-heading designs
And that means there's also a new great value bundle of all available packs, Bundle 1 - 5.
Check them out

  • New Support Center
    The Xara support site has been given an overhaul, with an expanded FAQ section and new Troubleshooter.
  • Updated TalkGraphics.com
    A recent update of the talkgraphics forum software has added some useful new features. And we'd like to welcome some new moderators.
  • New Webstyle 4 tutorials
    If you're wondering what Webstyle can do for you, then check out these new intro tutorials for Webstyle.

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Creating Banner Ads using Webstyle 4
If you've ever wondered what Webstyle can do, then check out this movie. It shows how to create stunning banner ads in a few clicks - just one of the graphic types that Webstyle can handle with ease. Click here to view.