• The wait is finally over for Gary Bouton's Xara Xtreme Guide. It's the perfect Christmas present!
  • Congratulations to the winner of our latest quarterly contest, Andrey Zorin from Russia, as voted by Outsider readers. You can see his icon design below. Thanks as always to everyone who entered and everyone who voted - we hope you're lining up to do the same again (details of our latest autumn themed contest below).
  • Last month's offer on an older version of Xtreme was very popular, so we're continuing the theme with a week long offer on Xara3D 5 - it's not the current version, but if you've always wondered what Xara3D was all about then now is definitely the moment to find out - just $9.99 and you can download it right now! Offer ends 6th December.

Atmospheric landscapes from three Xara artists who perfectly demonstrate the art of conveying a sense of place.

The quarterly contest continues on the theme of 'autumn'. You have until 15th January to submit your entries. The prize remains Outsider Glory, $100 of Xara or MAGIX software of your choice or a $100 credit to your Xara account.

For some starting ideas, follow this link to a selection of great iStockphoto drawings like the ones above.

Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
Xara-MAGIX Music Bundle
If you're interested in adding music to your site (or creating a site for your music) then there's a few days left in our current Xara Magix bundle offer. Xara Web Designer + Magix Music Maker 15 for just $69, saving $39 on the normal price if bought separately. Find out more

Users of Facebook will be interested to hear that Xara now has a Facebook page, and we hope you'll join our small but growing number of Fans. Even if you aren't signed up with Facebook you can view our page here.

MAGIX Web Designer
Launched this month, French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian versions of Magix Xtreme Web Designer - the MAGIX brand version of Xara Web Designer. You can purchase right now on the MAGIX websites and in stores throughout France, Spain, Holland and Italy in the coming weeks.

You can find out the latest information on the ever growing list of non-English versions of Xara software published by MAGIX - Xtreme, Xara3D and Web Designer in German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Russian - on our website.

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Icon Competition
Congratulations to Andrey Zorin, a worthy winner of the Icon contest, as decided by a popular vote of Outsider readers.

"One of the most feature-packed vector design packages available for the PC." "The program is still very easy to use; and cannot be faulted from this point of view."
Essential Website Creator

How many monitors do you use?
Drawing & Coloring with Xara Xtreme Pro
A master class from Zebtoonz on how he creates and colors his cartoons, starting from a scanned image of his hand-drawn cartoon figure. Check out the Xara Gallery for more examples of Zeb's work.

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