• If you haven’t seen the new Xara Xone, rush over now and check out Gary Bouton’s take on our favourite resource site. New look, new tutorial movie, new tips, new artist of the month! And never fear you can find all of Gary Priester’s material in the ‘archive’ section. Also don’t miss Gary Bouton’s new Xone forum on TalkGraphics, and his Xone channel on YouTube. All links below.

  • It’s also another bonanza month for offers! There’s a great value bundle for anyone considering a first time purchase of Web Designer, and big discounts on MAGIX Photostory for all Xara owners. Also we’ve just released Template Pack 2 for Web Designer 7 and Designer Pro 7, and there’s an intro offer on that too! More on all of these offers below.

  • There’s also an offer just about to end on upgrades from Photo & Graphic Designer or Web Designer Premium to Designer Pro. Anyone considering Pro might be interested to know that we also offer discounts on Pro for owners of competing products. So for example if you’ve got anything in the cupboard with ‘Adobe’ on it, and you’re looking for an equally professional product at a substantially lower price, with a fair upgrade policy, free support and a great community, find out more under Other News.

  • Last but definitely not least, don’t miss the art of Mohamed Elhlaly in Inspirational Art and Derek Cooper in the Xara Xone.
A selection of images from Mohamed Elhlaly.
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.
Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • Farewell But Not Goodbye: You can show your appreciation to Gary Priester for all his hard work over the last 15 years in this thread.
  • And on the subject of the Xara Xone, Gary Bouton has added a new Xone forum on TalkGraphics. Find the latest Xara Xone news, give your feedback, make suggestions and join in the discussions in the Xara Xone forum.
  • Why not make it your New Year's resolution to show your work in progress in the Stop & Post thread. Here's your first chance with January Stop & Post. It doesn't matter if it is finished or not as long as it has been done with Xara software!
Designer Pro Offer
The current offer on upgrades from Web Designer 7 Premium & Photo & Graphic Designer 6 & 7 is just about to end, save a full 30% on the normal upgrade price if you order before Jan 31st.

Don’t forget you can also upgrade to Designer Pro from other competitors' products, just select 'other competitor' on the upgrade page.
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Tutorial & Movie Index Update
We've updated the resources index on the Xara site with additional movies and tutorials from Xara and third parties. Look out for more updates in the coming months, and let us know of any resources you think should be added.
Updated Tutorial & Movie Index
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"Fast, efficient and a good all-round illustration and design package, ideal for artists new to vectors."

Xara Designer Pro reviewed by Digital Artist, Issue 27.

"Xara is powerful, lightening fast and responsive and because it offers lossless vector-based photo editing it produces files that can be much smaller than in other programs."

Photo & Graphic Designer 7 reviewed by Digital Photos 101.
Creating Evenly Spaced Shapes (Advanced)

The options dialog is non-modal, so you can quickly create an XY grid of evenly spaced shapes: Draw a shape, click Ctrl+Shift+o to open the options dialog. In the ‘Document editing’ section of the General tab enter an X duplicate distance of the spacing you require e.g. 2cm, and set Y=0. Click Apply, select the object and Ctrl+Alt+D to duplicate the object across the page as many times as required (the Options dialog remains on screen). Now just adjust the Y value eg -2cm (remember y has to be a negative number to copy down the page) and set x=0. Click Apply again. Select all the objects and now Ctrl+Alt+D for as many rows as you want.
We've added some new short demo movies on Photo & Graphic Designer & Designer Pro to our movie page, under 'New'.

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