The latest news, offers and tutorials from Xara

In this month's edition...

  • Our recent surveys tell us that most of you will regularly use at least one of the SmartShapes included in all the Designer titles, so we've decided to cover a selection of them in the next couple of tutorials. We're starting with arrows (the most popular), rectangles & ovals, pie charts and spirals in this month's Featured Tutorial.

  • If you're already an owner of any version of Photo & Graphic Designer, Web Designer Premium or Page & Layout Designer then now is a good moment to consider an upgrade to Designer Pro X, because this month's Featured Offer is a tempting 25% discount on upgrades to Designer Pro X, see below.

  • See Other News, below, for the latest releases under our Update Service, announcement of our survey winners and some tips on Update Service Expiry. Also don't miss Inspirational Art, two classic images from the TalkGraphics Art Gallery forum.
Inspirational Art // Art Mix 20

Two excellent illustrations, in very different styles, from Derek Cooper and Andrew Wrigley. - Find out more

Designer Pro // Crossgrade Offer
Featured Tutorial // Smart Shapes

Arrows, Rectangles, Ovals, Pie shapes, Spirals

Other News
Visit the Xara graphics forums to discuss or find answers to your graphics needs.

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • Egg challenged TG members to create a logo for a Secret Garden and there have been some excellent entries. You might have seen a couple of examples from ernie-f and Gary Priester on our Facebook or G+ page, and here's a couple more from Rik >>> but see them all in the thread here. And then you can pick your favorite in the Secret Garden Poll!

  • Meanwhile Frances has been pulling apart some of the Photo Filter pre-sets (Online Content Catalog > Components > Image Resources) and creating her own, find out more here.
Other News

Web Designer & Online Designer Updates
Following updates to Designer Pro X and Web Designer Premium at the end of March, we've now also released an update to Web Designer, as part of our 365 day Update Service. Additions include a stock photo & illustration library in the Content Catalog, SVG import & export and much more.
Web Designer What's New
The Update Service

And there's been another update to Xara Online Designer, including the addition of a library of over 1500 symbols and icons.
More about Online Designer

Survey Winners
Our surveys closed at the start of April and the lucky winners have been picked at random. Congratulations to George Bale in the USA (Designer Pro), Ian Smith in New Zealand (Photo & Graphic Designer) and Hans Spin in the Netherlands (Web Designer Premium). A big thank you to everyone who took part in the surveys.

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Hints & Tips

Full Width Slideshows
Did you know that you can now create full width slideshows for your website with the Xara Slideshow widget? It's new in the latest Update Service update of Web Designer Premium 365 and Designer Pro X (check out other new features on our What's New page for Web Designer and Designer Pro X).

Top SEO Tip - Headings
If you use the Text Style Heading 1, 2 or 3 they are inserted as H1, H2 and H3 headings - great for your SEO.

Update Service Expiring?
It's a year since we released Web Designer 365 so look out for a pop-up message within Web Designer that alerts you when your expiry date is drawing near, follow the links to renew. We have an 'early bird' offer on renewals before expiry, which is the same great value deal as our Launch Offer on upgrades last year, so look out for the pop-up!

Press Reviews

Check out the latest positive review for Web Designer 365, from Pandia

"Allows you to create modern, feature-rich, and mobile-friendly websites easily, with easy-to-use user interface."

Read the full review.

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