• Hot off the press: We’ve just released a set of Business Print Templates for Page & Layout Designer or Designer Pro X9 that will make creating all your company documents (such as letterheads, brochures etc) quicker and easier than ever before. These match the Business Web Themes already available for Web Designer. More info below.

  • We have two offers for you this month. If you’ve been considering Web Designer or Designer Pro, then now would be a good moment because every first time purchase includes free Web Packs. And if you already own Photo & Graphic Designer or Page & Layout Designer then you might be interested in our other offer – 30% off the upgrade to Designer Pro X9 (and you’ll get the Web Packs too!). More info below.

  • This month's Outsider tutorial takes a look at the best way to create screenshots, plus there are two great tutorials on the Xara Xone; a Guide to Guidelines & Guide Layers relevant to all Designer titles, and a movie tutorial following Gary as he creates some 3D-like paper cut out letters in Designer Pro. Links below.

  • Don’t miss our Other News including the release of MAGIX Video Pro X6 and another great selection in Inspirational Art. Finally web designers among you might want to keep a closer than usual eye on our news page, Tweets, Facebook or G+ page in the coming weeks...

Our choice of images from posts on TalkGraphics and Featured Artists on the Xara Xone. - Find out more
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Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • You all know there is a Xara Xone forum, right? It's the place to discuss the latest new resources added to the Xara Xone and the place to find Gary Bouton when he's not busy making movies.
    The Xara Xone Forum.

  • Both the Scribble Challenge and the Drop Cap challenge have some really fine entries this month, amazing what you can make out of a scribble! Don't be left out, join in The Drop Cap Challenge or the Scribble Challenge. Or both, why not!

  • Acorn's Minimalist Film Poster for March will exercise the old grey cells. Not only do you have to guess the film from Acorn's clue, if you think you know the answer then you can only answer cryptically or present your answer as a counter-poster. Take up the challenge in the Minimalist Poster March 2014 thread.


We mentioned our YouTube channel last month, but don't forget that you can also see all Gary Bouton's video tutorials on YouTube. And just to remind you how good they all are, here's the one that was most viewed on YouTube last year, Advanced Image Retouching.

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Creating Screenshots with Annotations and Blurred out areas
NEW: MAGIX Video Pro X6
We’ve just released the latest version of the top of the range video editing title from MAGIX. MAGIX Video Pro X6 and it is available right now in the Xara online store!
MAGIX Video Pro X6
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Ellipses, Squares & Triangles (v9)
When using the Ellipse tool, select ‘Bounds creation’ on the InfoBar if you want to draw an ellipse instead of a circle. When using the Rectangle tool, hold down the Ctrl key and you’ll get a perfect square. Need a triangle – create a polygon with the Quickshape tool and select 3 from the ‘number of sides’ dropdown on the InfoBar.
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