In this issue:
Covered in this month's Workbook
In the XaraXone this month
Here is what is happening in the XaraXone this month. The August tutorial continues the obsession with Gel effects creating Gel text. Graeme Davidson is August's Featured Artist. Graeme demonstrates his newly acquired skill with Xara in his gallery of photorealistic images. The Guest Tutorial by Brett Shand shows how with a little experimenting you can create a cool landscape.
Nothing new this month in the Fills and Brush Page, nor the Shareware Page or the Xara Links page. I am accepting your contributions if any are forthcoming. If your site has Xara graphics and is not listed, send me your link and a brief description of how you have used Xara on your site.
Xara 3D 5 is Now Available
I just got my copy a few days ago and I have been having a ball. The Flash export is unbelievable (unfortunately so are the file sizes—but for on-screen presentations or company Intranets, it's a killer feature. The
Ripple and Wave animations are way cool as is the Screen Saver capability. I have already created an awesome screen saver for one of my clients and they have put them on all their computers.
- NEW - Flash Export Xara 3D 5 can now export in Flash vector and bitmap formats - so you can use them as standalone .SWF files, or incorporate them into existing Flash movies. Work in Flash Mode to see
exactly how your graphic will look once it's exported... »more information
- NEW - Create Screen Savers REALLY let loose and make 3D animations at full screen size with Xara3D's new Export as screen saver feature. You'll be amazed at what you can achieve when combining different
animation settings for individual lines of text - see examples... »more information
- NEW - Enhanced Functionality THERE are hoards of new and enhanced features for you to explore and play with in Xara 3D 5. More animation options, bevel types, text positioning - to name just a few... »more information
- FREE Copy of Webster 2 When You Buy WHEN you purchase Xara 3D 5 online from Xara, we will give you a FREE copy of our Webster 2 vector drawing package. Use Webster to create 2D shapes and import them into Xara
3D. Upgrade Webster to a full version of Xara X at a special discount price... more information
There are a ton of new and improved features here and I am anxiously waiting to see what new ways we can come up with to extend the envelope with this version just like we did with version 4.
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?