The new Xara Xtreme Pro is proving incredibly popular, and we now have a large backlog of orders. But the
box, manuals, CDs etc have just come in and so we're starting to ship these as you read this. This is
slightly later than we anticipated, but it means we managed to get more recent updates of Xara Xtreme
and the PDF import filter on to the CD. What's more, we've just concluded a great deal with iStockphoto to bundle 10 free credits with every copy of Xara Xtreme Pro, and the pre-paid iStock cards will be included in your box.
We think the new box and manual design look great. They're created by 'Miro' who many of you will know as a regular on the TalkGraphics forum.
As we mentioned in December, orders are being despatched on a first come first served basis, but we hope that over the coming week or so everyone who has ordered Xara Xtreme Pro will receive their copy (but we know from past experience it can take 2 weeks to get to some parts of the world).
So we anticipate that by the middle of February everyone who has ordered should have their copies. But please do not chase us about this until at least the middle of the month!
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs. Our pick of top talk this month:
The quickest way to crop a photo or picture in Xara Xtreme is to draw a rectangle over it, at the required size and position, then select the bitmap AND the new rectangle (go into Selector tool and and just Shift click on the picture, so that both are selected) and then press Ctrl+3. The picture will be cropped to the rectangle. What this option does is the same as the menu option Arrange -> Combine Shapes -> Intersect Shapes. So in other words it creates a new shape (with the bitmap as a fill) that is the intersection of the rectangle and photo.
Graphics tablet: an indispensable tool?
We've created a new beginner movie covering graduated color, photo drag & drop, transparency, clipart, and the text tool. See movie...