• The end of August is a public holiday for many of us in Europe so we're marking the occasion with a short but irresistible offer on first time purchases of all Xara titles (excludes upgrades) - a full 20% off! Don't miss out, the offer only runs until we get back into the office on Tuesday morning.

  • If you are on holiday too we'd obviously suggest you spend a bit of time looking at Xara titles you could buy in our offer! But if you already own Designer then here's another suggestion - why not create an entry for our contest, details below.

  • If you haven't visited the TalkGraphics forums for a while, then you're missing out! There's over 14,000 members and more than 44,000 threads, with forums for topics such as 3D Graphics, photography and site design. We've just updated the forum software and we're running a poll to choose a new skin - so if you want a say in how it looks, now is the moment to visit.

  • Don't miss Gary's excellent 2 part Xara Xone tutorial on creating this detailed image of a wall clock using Xara Designer Pro, details below.

  • Plus we have our regular features including the ever popular Inspirational Art which features several Xara artists, including some new names, on the theme of 'flowers'.
Flowers seem to be a very popular subject matter for Xara artists, so we're featuring a selection of work from different designers to highlight the variety of talent and styles.
Ok, we've had to go into extra time for the current contest. You've now got one more month to submit your entries on a theme of Football/Soccer, the deadline is now 20th September. 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 inspiration, follow this link to a selection of great iStockphoto drawings like the one above.
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.
Our pick of Top Talk this month:
Xara Network Versions
We now have versions of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro in stock that can be installed across networks for our academic customers. Did you know that schools can buy Photo & Graphic Designer from as little as $19! You can find the details on our site. Contact sales if you require the network version.

MAGIX PC Check & Tuning
Don't forget our special offer on MAGIX PC Check & Tuning ends 31st August - Xara customers can save 34% of this popular MAGIX title. Find out more.

PGD & Designer Pro 6 Update
We've issued a free patch to the download version of Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro, that brings it to the same level as the CD version (so only worth doing if you haven't received your CD yet). You can find details on what's updated and how to download on our site.

Xara Gallery Update
We've continued to update the Gallery on xara.com, with some fine new examples from Miro Hristov (Minimiro) and Mohamed Elhlaly (Black Panther)
Visit the Xara Gallery.

Xara News, Hot Off The Press
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"..this is a steal at £69 as the included functionality is substantial and the usability factor makes for an accessible package."

MicroMart reviewing Xara Photo & Graphic Designer.

"Anyone with a small business will drool over the stuff that Xara Photo & Graphic Designer includes."

PC Advisor reviewing Xara Photo & Graphic Designer.

PDF manual
Your Xara Xone CD includes a PDF manual!

Copy Attributes
To copy the attributes or style of an object (eg color, line thickness, fill, shadow) from one object to another, copy the source object Ctrl+C, select the target object and then Paste Attributes (Ctrl+ Shift+A).

Which TalkGraphics Skin do you prefer?
XaraXhris has been busy updating his Xtreme demo movies to V6:

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