• Following the recent launch of Web Pack 1 we've created a new page at xara.com/packs featuring all our template and widget packs for Web Designer and Designer Pro. And on a subject of packs, this month's offer bundles template and widget packs with new copies of Web Designer and Designer Pro. More information below.

  • But that's not the only offer. Just launched today is Samplitude Music Studio 2013 from MAGIX, with the first of a series of 'Anniversary Offers' we'll be featuring in the coming year to mark MAGIX's 20th Anniversary. You can find more about this offer below and details of all the MAGIX title's sold on xara.com here.

  • Halloween is almost here so we have a perfectly timed tutorial on how to create a Halloween graphic using Photo & Graphic Designer or Designer Pro (and all the elements of the graphic can be downloaded, perfectly sized for a Facebook cover photo). Also on the tutorial front, anyone interested in using these products for illustration or design shouldn't miss Gary Bouton's in-depth look at the Shape Tool in the Xara Xone. More info below.

  • Plus don't overlook our other regular features, especially this month's Inspirational Art, the 'People' topic is a perfect showcase for the many different styles among Xara artists.
This month we start a two parter loosely on a theme of 'people' starting with the work of 5 accomplished Xara artists.
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.
Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • It's easily missed so we'd just like to draw your attention to the forum dedicated to TalkGraphics questions, suggestions and feedback. Have your say right here.
  • There are some ambitious scribbles being submitted in the scribble challenge this month (great lightbulb Rik!). It's the perfect place to make your first post so why not get scribbling and join in the October Scribble Challenge.
Foreign Language Versions
MAGIX has just released Dutch language versions of Web Designer MX and Web Designer MX Premium, and a Turkish language version of Web Designer MX. They are available now in the MAGIX online stores.
More info on all localised versions

Xara Gallery Updated
We've just started an update of the Xara Gallery at xara.com/gallery, adding the work of professional designer Bill Dale, and some updates from Alfonso Montalvo. More to follow shortly!
Updated Xara Gallery

V8 Designs Gallery Free Template Update
Owners of V8 might not have noticed that we've done an update of all the web themes and many print templates in the Designs Gallery, to support the new Text Styles feature of v8. The update is free and you don't have to do anything to get them - next time you are online the Designs Gallery will auto-update!

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"Releases of Xara always provide significant new functionality and version 8 is no different."

Xara Designer Pro X reviewed by Graphics.com
Push Tool Shortcuts

Did you know that the space bar is a shortcut to the Push tool? It works in two ways: You can either tap the space bar once to switch into the Push tool, tap it again to return to the last tool. Or you can just press and hold the space bar, push the document around, and then let go to return to the last tool.

But there's an even easier way to push the document around: Simply use your center mouse button (or scroll wheel). Press this and it switches into the Push tool. Once you get used to this you'll never revert to using the old fashioned keyboard based method!
We've added new movies on xara.com - you can see at a glance what's new on our resource page. And there are quite a few new ones this month!

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