The Xara Xone Workbook - The best, easy and fun Xara X tutorials
Edited by Gary W. Priester Number 22 • February 15, 2004
In this issue:
Covered in this month's Workbook (Decorating for the Holidays)
Your editor (still me) took January off for his holiday and so there was no January content. But he is back now and here's what's going on. The February Xara X tutorial creates a DNA double helix, the building blocks of life. Your editor provides some insights into simple photo editing in Photoshop in December's Guest Tutorial. The February Featured Artist Gallery features the isometric drawings of John Clements. The next Guest Tutorial will be posted in March and then we will be all caught up.
I am accepting your contributions (Tips, Brushes, Templates, stuff like that). I'm starting to run out of ideas and could use your input. 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.
Many of us prefer to create our website graphics in Xara X. And who can blame us? But for those of us who would rather let someone else do the heavy lifting, there is Xara Webstyle, version 4 of which has just been introduced. Webstyle is a nifty utility into which a lot of very good designs have been included. With relative ease, you can create any number of elements for a website including: buttons, banners, titles, and other site graphics, all of which can be customized ten ways to Sunday and back. And getting your graphics into Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft Front Page has never been easier. Below is the official press release from Xara Ltd.
Webstyle 4 boasts two brand new tools to let you to create and customize complete Web Page designs and fully-functioning web Photo Albums - tasks which are usually complex and time-consuming and now, thanks to Webstyle's intuitive design, are quick and simple enough for anyone.
It also includes new graphic template designs, better integration to the leading web-authoring programs and UI and workflow enhancements which make creating graphics even quicker and easier than ever.
The new tools sit alongside Webstyle's existing feature-set, enabling you to make all the web graphics you're likely to need, including NavBars with DHTML menus, enhanced photos, headings, buttons, bullets, banner ads, dividers, themed graphic sets, logos and more.
It means that if you are a time-pressed designer, or a web-graphics novice, Webstyle 4 is the only tool you need for professional-quality web-page graphics and designs - no skill required.
"Our aim with Webstyle is to make it possible for absolutely anyone to create top-quality graphics and photos quickly and easily for their web site, regardless of their technical or artistic skills," says Charles Moir, Managing Director of Xara. "Webstyle 4 follows in the Xara tradition of including innovative, industry-leading technology and yet being really simple to use. Webstyle has always been hugely popular and this version 4 is set to be our most popular yet", he added.
Webstyle works by providing a huge range of customizable graphic template designs. All you have to do is change the graphic properties - colors, fonts, text, size, background etc. - to create the look you want. The possibilities are virtually limitless, but because the templates are professionally-designed, they will always look great.
It also includes perhaps the easiest-to-use and fastest photo-enhancement tool on the market. With its one-click auto-enhance adjusting the contrast, brightness, sharpness and color saturation of your photos, you can save hours of experimentation.
A free trial version of Webstyle 4 is available for download now. Click here to download your copy. If you purchase, you are sent a CD containing the complete set of over 1600 graphic templates, plus 50 professional fonts and some useful tutorial movies to help you on your way. Additional templates can be automatically downloaded into Webstyle as they become available.
Webstyle 4 retails at $69.00 (+ VAT in Europe) and existing owners of Webstyle 3 can upgrade online from just $19 (+ VAT in Europe)
Dozens 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!
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