The Xara Xone Workbook - The best, easy and fun Xara X tutorials
Edited by Gary W. Priester Number 34 • March 15, 2004
Covered in this month's Workbook:
The March Xara X tutorial rises to Andrew Farrell's Giant Soap Bubble Challenge. Mike Sims, the Xara 3D Master Artist continues to push Xara 3D to its limits. And beyond! This month he creates a photorealistic brass astrolabe using the brand new version of Xara 3D-6 (see below) for the March Guest Tutorial. The March Featured Artist Gallery features 4 very different but talented artists. Included in the March Group Show are: Romanowicz Darek, Bruce Stawicki, Ed Foreman, and Amanda Hayler. Amanda also has contributed her 3rd set of "Fun Brushes" in the Fills & Brushes page. If you would like to be considered for one of the group shows, e-mail me and let me know where I can see a few of your images.
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.
Xara 3D 6 Has just been released.
Traditional 3D programs are notoriously difficult to use and understand. Not so Xara3D 6. Unlike much modern 'bloatware' that offers more features than are ever likely to be used, and take an age to learn and understand, Xara3D has been created to perform one job, and performs that job with style, speed, and slick simplicity.
Xara3D 6 is solely designed to create the highest quality 3D text and graphics, such as logos, titles, headings and buttons. It's the perfect way to add impact to your web pages, mailshots and presentations (all images are fully anti-aliased for that smooth, professional quality). Xara3D can also create awesome 3D animations in seconds - GIFs, AVIs and simple Flash movie sequences - and you can even enhance your desktop by saving any animation as a screen saver!
The previous advertising copy is from the Xara 3D-6 web page. And while I cannot argue with any of it, what Xara left out is how much fun Xara 3D 6 is and how even the least artistic person can create something way cool just by keying in some text and then applying any of the dozens of predesigned animation templates. As those persons who are 1/3 my age would say, it rocks! And the big news is now you can create and copy a shape in Xara X and paste it directly into Xara 3D 6.
In this month's Xara Xone Guest Tutorial, Mike Sims shares his secrets for how he created this incredible brass astrolabe in Xara 3D-6.
The amazing thing, to me at any rate, is once you get the idea of how to do it, the possibilities are endless for what other cool things you can create using Mike's technique.
Click here for more information, and to download your free trial version.
Trust me on this one, you got to have it!!!
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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