• The Outsider tutorial this month takes a closer look at collaborative online editing of websites created with Web Designer 11 or Designer Pro 11 using Xara Online Designer. Don't miss it if you think you might want to work on your website in collaboration with friends, colleagues or clients.

  • September offers include a return to the launch offer on Photo & Graphic Designer. So if you own v10 and you haven't yet upgraded to v11 or you don't yet own Photo & Graphic Designer at all, jump in now and grab a bargain. Offer ends 1st October, see below.

  • Check out all the new updates from the last month, including free patches for all v11 titles, four great new web themes in Web Designer 11 Premium, and non-English versions of Photo & Graphic Designer 11. See Other News below.

  • Last but never least don't miss Inspirational Art, which showcases another selection of recent images from the Art Gallery forum on TalkGraphics.
As promised last month, a second selection of images from the last few months in the Xara Art Gallery forum at TalkGraphics. - Find out more
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • Here's a TalkGraphics challenge with a difference from iamtheblues. See if you can draw a design using just word(s) and make the result a visual representation of the meaning. Join the challenge in this thread.

  • You may not realise that the Resources forum has a sub-forum for Xara Brushes. Angelize and Christine Farrelly have posted some of their Art Brushes in the last couple of months, free for you to download here. Plus we spotted a cool chain brush from Egg Bramhill in this thread and railway lines from Xara's PhilM here. Suitable for Photo & Graphic Designer 11 and Designer Pro 11. We're glad to see so many of you are having fun with this great new v11 feature.


We've added a new Photo & Graphic Designer 11 intro movie to our YouTube channel, but you'll also find all our tutorial movies there, so why not subscribe to our YouTube channel now to be notified when we add new movies.

Photo & Graphic Designer 11


Collaborative Online Editing with Xara Online Designer
Non-English Versions of Photo & Graphic Designer 11
During September MAGIX has released French, Spanish, Dutch and Italian versions of Photo & Graphic Designer 11 (German was released at the end of August). You can buy them now on the MAGIX sites and they will be appearing in local stores in the coming weeks. Find out more

Download The Free 11 Patch
In September we released a patch for all the English v11 titles. The update is free if you already own v11. More info on the update

Make sure you have the latest free updates by selecting Help > Update within the program.

New Web Themes in Web Designer 11 Premium
We've just added 4 new contemporary web themes to Web Designer 11 Premium (they are already in Designer Pro 11), based on the popular v11 demo sites. The new themes are in the Designs Gallery under Web Themes General (Mobile Ready): Ultimate, Hipster, Cooking, John James. Note: these themes require the patch mentioned above.
Example based on Hipster
Previews of the web themes in Web Designer 11

V11 Academic Network Licenses Available
Academic network licenses are now available for all the v11 Designer titles. Find out more about our competitive academic pricing on our site or contact our sales team for more information.

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Easy Ways to Zoom
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%.

New Combine Shapes Option in v11
There's a handy new option in the Arrange menu that's easy to miss amongst all the v11 updates. Arrange > Combine Shapes > Intersect all shapes makes all the overlapping areas of your shapes into separate shapes.

“Verdict: A hugely capable design tool which comes packed with high-end features, yet remains generally very easy to use and is amazing value for money.”

Download Crew gives Photo & Graphic Designer 11 an Editor's Choice. Read the full review.

“For the price, Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 11 is a rather excellent piece of software that offers a whole host of tools, many of which you'll find in more expensive pieces of software, such as Adobe Photoshop, but for a fraction of the cost.”

ePHOTOzine gives Photo & Graphic Designer 11 a Recommended award. Read the full review.
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