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Edited by Gary W. Priester Number 10 • January 15, 2003

In this issue:

Covered in this month's Workbook

In the XaraXone this month

It's a new year and a new look both for the Workbook and all the areas related to the Xara Xone. The January tutorial expands upon last month's Workbook tutorial on floating object stereograms creating a 3D hidden image Stereogram. Steve Newport, the pride of Canton, Ohio is back for his second solo exhibit in the January Featured Artist Gallery. Steve just gets better and better. Brian Etherington figures prominently in January both as the author of the Guest Tutorial, Creating a Palette of Harmonious Colors, but also with his new color mixing utility, called appropriately enough Color Mixer. Brian's Color Mixer provides a more intuitive way of mixing colors. You'll find it in the Shareware section.

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.

Free! Japanese Stereogram Magazines!

I create Stereogram images for a Japanese company that publishes what they call MOOKS (Magazine and Book). Last year they published several of these MOOKS and sent me some sample copies. In addition to my efforts are those of Gene Levine, one of the best Stereogram creators around, as well as a number of Japanese artists. I have three of these MOOKs available. If you are interested, let me know and I'll have a drawing to see who wins. The MOOKs are written in Japanese but you don't need to know Japanese to appreciate the stereograms. Use the Response Form to let me know you're interested.

Xara Launches Webstyle 3.1

Xara Webstyle 3.1 screen capture

I received a press release from the folks at Xara announcing the release of Webstyle 3.1. I happen to know that there are quite of few of you clever readers who prefer to use the built-in templates and handsome predesigned website graphics that come with this application to create images for your website including customizable button bars with rollover button effects, titles, and more. But what a lot of people don't realize is Webstyle 3.1 also has some pretty terrific tools for editing bitmap images. This free upgrade now includes a function, Auto Enhance, that is very similar to Auto FX's AutoEye which takes the guesswork out of color correcting bitmaps. This new feature examines the image and then enhances the contrast, and corrects the color without you having to do more than press a button. And the results are pretty incredible. I experimented with a few of my less successful photos taken with my digital camera (I'm still trying to figure it out) and with the help of Webstyle 3.1 they now look like I more or less know what I am doing!

A free trial version of 3.1 is available for download now from XARA.COM. A CD is sent to each purchaser with the complete set of over 1500 Webstyle templates, plus 50 bundled fonts and tutorial movies. List price of Xara Webstyle 3.1 starts at $69.00 (+ VAT in Europe) and existing owners of Webstyle 3.0 can upgrade online to 3.1 free of charge. Win 95/98/2000, Me, XP and NT.. Click here for more information.

The Xara Tutorials, On-line Xara X Manual
and WebXealot CD. The perfect Holiday Gift for any time of year!

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!

©2003 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.

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