• There's been a major addition to the Xara website, with 6 of the most popular audio, video and photo products from our parent company MAGIX joining the Xara line-up. These products can now be purchased direct from Xara and our site includes demo movies and free trials - we hope you enjoy exploring them.
  • Don't miss Gary's workbook on the Xara Xone (see below) which is a focus on the brand new Web Designer 6, covering key new features such as NavBars & menus, photo galleries & slideshows and adding a Googlemap. If you own V5 and haven't yet upgraded, the intro offer is still on!
  • Plus we have our regular features, the ever popular Inspirational Art which features 5 well known Xara artists on the theme of 'drinks'. And there's a great offer on Xara Xtreme/Xtreme Pro.
  • Last but definitely not least, congratulations to the winner of our web design contest, Mark Tabaka. Many thanks to all entrants and voters - we hope you're ready to jump straight in to our new quarterly contest, details of winner and new contest below.
Something to drink? Five different artists offer six different answers, demonstrating yet again the sheer depth and variety of talent among Xara artists.
​We have a brand new contest and this time the challenge is inspired by the upcoming Football/Soccer World Cup. Entries can be on any subject that's at least somewhat related to the World Cup/Football/Soccer, so long as it's created with a Xara product. You have until 15th August 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 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:
MAGIX products on xara.com
We've added some of the most popular photo, video and audio products from parent company MAGIX: the download versions of Movie Edit Pro, Music Maker, Audio Cleaning Lab, MP3 deluxe, PhotoStory on CD & DVD and PC Check & Tuning can all now be purchased from Xara direct!
View the product listing

Network version Web Designer 6
We now have a version of Web Designer 6 in stock that can be installed across networks for our academic customers. Did you know that schools can buy Web Designer from as little as $12 per seat, Xtreme from $19! You can find the details on our site. Contact sales if you require the network version.

Xara Gallery Update
We've continued to add new art to the Gallery on xara.com, with some fine examples from TalkGraphics' 'Black Panther' and Leo Gonçalves, with plenty more to follow in the coming weeks.
Visit the Xara Gallery.

Xara News, Hot Off The Press
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Web Page Competition
Congratulations to Mark Tabaka, a worthy winner of the Web Page contest, as decided by a popular vote of Outsider readers.
"Here's a drag and drop paradise for designers wanting to produce convincing sites with a minimum of code hassles."
"It doubles as a powerful prototyping tool, and its drawing capability alone makes this a tempting option."
"The wealth of automation that Xara has crammed into this application is pretty impressive."
.net on the new Web Designer 6

Function key shortcuts
You can use function keys to choose tools and open galleries. Perhaps the most useful are: F2 for the selector tool, F3 for the Freehand tool (in Xtreme) and F4 for the shape editor.

Adding points to your line
You can insert a new point into a line by selecting the line and clicking on it with the shape editor tool.

Is Flash really floundering?
We know you love these animations from Zeb so here's a recent offering, created with Xara Xtreme Pro and Toon Boom Studio.

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