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The Xara Xone Workbook #7

The Xara Xone WebXealot Workbook - The best, easy and fun Xara X tutorials

Edited by Gary W. Priester Number 7 •  October 15, 2002

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 October tutorial shows you how to build a cheeseburger. From the ground round up. Very tasty, I might add! Author Marius Gabriel premiers his delightful first children's book, Princess Smartypig in the Featured Artist Gallery. In the Guest Tutorial page you'll find: Sketching a woman's face by the incredible Xara artist Vladimyr Savvateew. And there is something new again this month in the Free Xara Fills and Brushes page by the prolific Christine Farrelly to add to her Lace Brushes sets posted last month. Four new sets of number templates. Christine adds, "As you will see even Arial can come up with some interesting shapes." Also added this month are a set of Abalone Shell fills by Rich Hoffman.

I am accepting your contributions (TIPs, Brushes, Templates, stuff like that). 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.

Ands the Winners of the auto fx Gel Series plug-in filters are...

Those of you who remember the early days of the WebXealot will remember the monthly prize drawings with the winning entries being plucked from the hat by a variety of your editor's (that's me) household pets including Faustina and Carmina, chickens, (now retired in Petaluma, California), Wilbur and Orville, finches (on permanent retirement in finch heaven), plus Harry the extraordinary canary a the five cats, all happy and well and living in New Mexico. Those were wild and crazy California days.

Here in New Mexico we have a new cast a characters and the winners of the drawing were picked (one winner each) by Robin the Roadrunner, Terrible Tom the tarantula, and Jaques the jackrabbit. Sam the centipede was back-up but was not needed.

The three winners of the auto fx Gel series plug-in filters are:

    Stefan (no last name)

    Margaret Borders

    David R. Fischbacher

The names will picked entirely at random. Congrats! If you missed last month's mini-tutorial on using the Gel plug-in with Xara, click here. The winners names have been forwarded to auto fx who will be contacting you for your mailing addresses.

Xara 3D 5 is Still Available

Since I got my copy a few months ago 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. The hot new features include:

  • 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—by a thread) 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.