• There’s a bonanza for cartoon art this month. We have part 2 of our cartoon themed Inspirational Art (part 1 was in January) and Gary Priester features the work of 3 more cartoonists in the Xara Xone in this month’s Featured Artist. More below on both.

  • And we’ve got no less than 3 tutorials from José Campoy, who has kindly given us permission to reproduce all his Xara Xtreme 5 tutorials on the Outsider pages.

  • It’s also a good month for offers, with special discounts on upgrades from Xtreme 5 and Photo & Graphic Designer 6 to Designer Pro 6 (last day 22nd March). And there’s an intro offer on the new MAGIX Music Maker 17, especially for Xara customers (ends 11th April). You can find the links to both below.

  • A big thank you to all of you who voted for us in the about.com Reader’s Awards, you can see the successful outcome below! We realize that the loyalty of our community of owners is one of the things that distinguish Xara, and we really appreciate your support.

  • Finally the web designers among you should be looking out for some interesting news within the next month...
Part 2 of our cartoon art feature introduces 4 more talented designers who use Xara software to create their images.

Plus don't miss the new drop down menu that lets you browse thru all past issues.
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.
Our pick of Top Talk this month: TalkGraphics
  • Not all the forums at TalkGraphics are solely for Xara products. For example there's a forum about 3D graphics with some 2000+ threads. Why not join in the 3D Graphics Forum today.
  • There are some interesting scribbles in this month’s scribble challenge. Join in to find out more.
Just Released: MAGIX Music Maker 17
MAGIX recently released the new V17 of their popular Music Maker software, which is a great way to create songs, remixes and beats. If you think it's time to nurture your musical side, check out our launch offer on the left.

Find out more about the MAGIX software available from Xara.

About.com Awards Update
It’s an incredible clean sweep for Xara Designer Pro in the about.com Reader’s Choice awards for DTP software! Best for Graphic Designer, Best for Business Professionals and Best for Personal Projects! Thank you everyone for your fantastic support in voting for Xara.
See the finalists and winners

Xara News, As It Happens
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"An updated user interface makes this fast, fun package an even stronger contender for budget image editing and creation."

"We’ve always liked two things about Xara: it’s fast, and it puts most of the controls you need right up front."

Photo & Graphic Designer 6 reviewed by Expert Reviews

"An easy and fast way to add eye-catching effects to text strings"

Xara 3D Maker 7 reviewed by Micro Mart
Widget Guide
There's huge potential to increase the functionality and features of your site using Widgets, and they're easy to embed in pages created in Xtreme or Web Designer. Find out more in our Widget Guide.

Web Features Guide
If you haven’t explored the Web features of Xara Designer Pro 6 yet, then check out our example site (created in Pro) which is also a guide to the web features. A copy of the document is in the Designs Gallery.

Do you use Open Source software?
Another cartoon artist in the making. 76 rage creates a simple but effective drawing with Xara Xtreme and a Wacom pad. Enjoy!

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