The latest news, offers and tutorials from Xara

In this month's edition...

  • This month's featured offer is a chance for owners of all older versions of Photo & Graphic Designer and Xara Xtreme to grab a 30% discount on an upgrade to 365 (including a free backup DVD). And there's a great deal on Update Service renewals too! Details below.

  • The September tutorial is Part 2 of our feature on creating documents in Online Designer, using just the Online Designer templates.

  • Don't miss our Other News, including our final v11 stock clearance offer, and a Top Ten Reviews Gold award for Page & Layout Designer. And last but never least, don't miss Inspirational Art, with not one but TWO designers new to The Outsider!
Inspirational Art // Bruno Costa and Sandor Beres

Two professional designers who we haven't featured before: Bruno Costa from Brazil and Sandor Beres from Hungary. - Find out more

Upgrade & Renewal Offer // Photo & Graphic Designer
Featured Tutorial // Xara Online Designer

Creating your company documents - Part 2

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

Our pick of Top Talk this month:
  • TalkGraphics currently has over 30,000 members, more than 70,000 threads, and more than 560,000 posts, In other words if you have questions and suggestions about Xara products then this is the place to be! Xara Graphics Chat and Xara Web Chat are the most popular for Xara matters of course, but don't forget there are lots of other more general forums, such as 3D Graphics, Photography and General Graphics chat.

  • Fred van der Zee has started a super-ambitious crowd funded project to paint the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha and fund a new Digital Thangka Art School. Find out more.

  • The Outsider is a bit earlier than usual this month, so there's still plenty of time to join in the Scribble Challenge!
Movie // Using SmartShapes

Owners of desktop versions of Designer will be familiar with SmartShapes, but you might not realize you can use them in Online Designer too. So this month we have a brief intro to SmartShapes in Online Designer, one of more than 40 movies in our Online Designer playlist on YouTube. Why not subscribe to our channel while you're there.

Using SmartShapes
Adding Stock Photos
Aligning Photos in your Text

Other News

Designer Pro X11 Stock Clearance
There are just a few days left to buy Designer Pro X11 at a bargain price in our final v11 stock clearance offer (current version is 365 v12). More than 60% off the v11 price, including backup DVD and printed manual! Ends 24 Sept.
Designer Pro X11 Offer

Online Designer Updates
Online Designer is being updated all the time - another update due in the next few days - to keep up with the latest why not bookmark our What's New Page.
What's New
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Hints & Tips

Change a Curve to Straight Line
If you want to change a line segment from a curve to straight line, click the control point at one end of the segment, shift click the control point at the other end, and click on the 'Make Line' icon on the InfoBar (or simply type the letter L). To change a line to a curve type C or click MakeCurve.

And Other Control Point Tips
Double clicking on a control point converts it from a cusp to a smooth joint.

A quick way to move from control point to another is to simply hit Tab. Click the Reverse Path icon in the InfoBar to reverse the direction (or use Shift + Tab).

Press Reviews

Top Ten Reviews has awarded Page & Layout Designer the No 1 spot in the desktop publishing category, beating Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher to the coveted Gold Award.

Read the full review.

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