• With the Easter holidays in mind we have a massive, one off 50% discount offer on Xara 3D Maker 7; a fun time filler (and not just for the kids) for only $19.99 or £/€14.99. If you have something more serious in mind, we also have a launch offer on MAGIX Video Pro X5. More details on both offers below.

  • Alternatively you might want to spend the time brushing up your Xara skills. You can browse through all of our tutorials and movies in the Resource Center. New this month we take a closer look at adjusting photo brightness levels in Part 3 of our photo tutorial series, and Gary Bouton is creating eye catching neon effects over on the Xara Xone. More on these and other new Xara Xone resources below.

  • You might have noticed we have a new design this month. We hope the simpler design will be deliverable on a wider range of email clients and devices (you can help by adding [email protected] to your safe senders list or address book). We hope you like the new design, we'd love to hear your feedback on this or other Outsider issues via (select marketing).

  • Don't miss our Other News, including especially a new addition to the Xara Artist Gallery, and Part 2 of our eating & drinking theme in Inspirational Art.

  • Finally, web designers among you might want to keep a closer than usual eye on our news page, twitter feed or Facebook page in the coming weeks...
Part 2 of our Eating & Drinking theme. - Find out more
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • If you are looking for free fonts then why not browse through the Free & Fixed Fonts Gallery Forum. Gary has just suggested a good source for retro fonts here.

  • Here is a challenge for you. Can you find the $ symbol in less than 30 seconds in this month's Trivial Puzzle thread here.

Here is a great compilation of animation work created by Zeb in the past year. All images were created with Xara Designer Pro.

Brightness Levels and Color Balance
Xara Gallery Updated
We've added another great new artist to the Xara Gallery this month. Check out the superb aeroplane illustrations of Graham Ward (Gray on TalkGraphics). If you do the Facebook thing, don't forget to click the Like or Share button on the Gallery home page!
Updated Xara Gallery

Multi-Language Software
Don't forget that Xara titles are available in many other languages. You'll find German, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Polish and Turkish in the MAGIX online stores. Find out more:
Localized Software.

Xara News, As It Happens
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Zoom In/Out and Scroll
Did you know that you can zoom in / out by holding the Ctrl key and scrolling the mouse scroll wheel? And there are other useful Zoom shortcuts: in the Zoom tool simply press 1, 2, 3 or 4 to get 100%, 200% etc. 5 is 50%.

If you prefer you can make the scroll wheel do a zoom instead of a scroll. In the Options dialog, Mouse Tab, change the mouse wheel movement to zoom in/out. You can still scroll the page by pressing the scroll wheel down while moving the mouse. So that means just using the mouse, no keys required, you can scroll and zoom in and out. Try it. Once you get used to it, you'll never do it any other way!
"Xara Designer Pro X is still by far the fastest illustration software out there. With the new features added in this latest version, it is definitely a tool you should evaluate to see if it meets your needs. There is a free trial available and it has good bang for the buck if you decide to purchase."

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer and Designer Pro X reviewed by Graphics Unleashed
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