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Edited (still!) by Gary W. Priester Number 2 • May 15, 2002


In this issue:

I occasionally do listen!

Several of you fine readers took the time (and risk) to write your editor (old Mr. Grumpy sides) and take issue (complain) about the gratuitous design of the first issue. Specifically, the graph paper background. And after several hours of intensive psychotherapy, during which my therapist advised me to "GET OVER IT!" I decided that simple is better. After all, we are here to learn (you) and to inform (me), not to show how clever we can be. Right? So, to those of you who were so bothered by the graph paper background I ask, are you happy now?

Covered in this month's Workbook

In the XaraXone this month

Here is what is happening in the XaraXone this month. The May tutorial builds upon last month's old wall tutorial creating an old weather stained, carved wooden sign. Roger Weikers is May's Featured Artist. You've seen his Xara logos, now see the rest of his wild and crazy images. The Guest Tutorial is presented by another Roger, Roger Cotgreave (aka TaoJones) and reveals the secrets of his unique water color painterly illustration style.

In case you missed this last month, Renaud Gombert has provided two excellent sets of plug-in filters in the Shareware Page. Christine Farrelly 's fantastic Star Brush #3 set is yours for the download in the Fills and Brush Page along with a nifty set of fish scale fills also provided by Christine. And Brian Etherington has updated his palette creating utility, XPal, which was featured in last month's Workbook #1.

The Xara Tutorials, On-line Xara X Manual
and WebXealot CD is here!

Tens of you have asked your editor (still me hanging in there—just barely) over the years for a CD containing the Xara Tutorials, WebXealots, and On-line Xara X Manual. Well thanks to Grant E. Remington, all this (and more) is available on a CD in Adobe PDF (Adobe's Portable Document File) file format for easy viewing and printing! (Hold your applause, please).

Grant has provided an Adobe Acrobat reader on the CD for those of you who may not have one, for viewing the PDF files. Xara Ltd. has included a folder of 19 cool fonts, not available on the Xara X CD, as well as trial copies of Xara Webstyle and Xara 3D 4. If you have never tried Xara 3D 4 you are in for a treat with this incredibly easy to use 3D and animation creation application.

So where do you order your CD and what is it going to cost? Click Here to go to Grant's site to place your order. The price for the CD which includes everything; Xara Tutorials from 1996 - 2001, WebXealots 1-35, including #s 16-35 the on-line Xara X manual, the fonts, the trial versions, the Acrobat reader, the whole enchilada, is $20.00 US which includes free shipping in the USA. The cost outside the USA and Canada is $22.00 US and also included shipping. A great price if I do say so myself.

For a small additional fee, Grant can print your own label design if you decide that you don't like all the worms featured on my handsome label design. So don't delay, order your CD today! And order several for your friends and relatives!

Thanks to all of you who have already ordered (and received) your copies. If you have not ordered yours, as they say in the TV commercials, there will never be a better time to buy!

And last but not least, your editor is always looking for new talent to showcase in the XaraXone Featured Artist page. If we don't get some more talented folks to step forward, your editor is going to have to make another guest appearance.

If you think you have the right stuff (10-12 really cool images—created with Xara, or created mostly with Xara), drop me a line and if possible send me an URL where I can see your images. The world is waiting to see your images, so don't be shy. OK?

©2002 Gary W. Priester, All rights reserved. No portion of this publication,
including the illustrations contained within, may be reproduced in any way
without the express written permission of the author.