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Edited by Gary W. Priester Number 37 June 15, 2005


Covered in this month's Workbook:

The June Xara X tutorial features a yummy strawberry topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Su Lawrence continues with Part 2 of her Sparkly Stuff Guest Tutorial featuring glitter and fireworks in this month's Guest Tutorial. Gary David Bouton returns to the Featured Artist Gallery (Gary was also featured in June 1999) with a show of fun new work. (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). Dmitry Malutin has released his SPRAY GENERATOR utility version 0.0.0.8 which you can download for free from the Shareware Page. And for those who need direction, Egg Bramhill has donated a free Arrow Brush which you can find in the Fill and Brushes page.

I am always receptive to 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 Menu Maker 1.1

Dynamic menus in an instant

Xara Menu Maker dynamic menuMany of us create graphics for menus and other web graphics in Xara X. But there are some of us who don't want the bother of having to convert all those graphics into JavaScript code. Xara Menu Maker 1.1 is for you. And while Xara X can create menus with back bars and rollover buttons, users are limited to simple rollover buttons. With Xara Menu Maker 1.1, you can create menus with multiple fly out sub-menus as shown in the screen capture above. Special filters make it easy to bring these menus into Dreamweaver and Front Page.

He more info from the Xara.com Website:

Create professional, high-quality NavBars & DHTML menus at the click of a button. Xara Menu Maker takes the mystery out of dynamic hierarchical menus and lets literally anyone create cool and clever DHTML menus with classic graphical  NavBars.

All NavBars and Menus on the Xara.com site are created with Menu Maker.

Menu Maker key features...

With just a few clicks, you can create stylish navigation bars and professional menus - and there's no artistic or technical skill required! Menu Maker makes it so easy to add your NavBars to your web page - even your granny could do it.

Menu Maker includes over 300 top-quality graphical NavBar designs which can be easily customized. Rollover states and DHTML menus can be added with ease. Click here to see examples

  • A quick and easy solution
    • Menu Maker is a dedicated tool for creating NavBars and menus so there's no UI bloat! Its clean and simple UI is so intuitive to use that even your grandmother could use it
    • Creates dynamic NavBars and menus in just a few clicks
    • All necessary JavaScript and HTML is automatically created for you
    • Graphics are automatically optimized for the web to keep file sizes small
    • Seamless integration with Dreamweaver and FrontPage so you can add and edit Menu Maker NavBars from within these popular html editors.
  • Professionally-designed fully-customizable NavBar templates
    • All Menu Maker's NavBar templates are designed by professional graphic artists
    • Change color, texture, font, text, background and size with absolutely no loss of quality due to Xara's world beating vector graphic engine
    • Uniquely, buttons automatically stretch and shrink to fit your button text
    • Choose from vertical or horizontal NavBar designs
    • Customize in real-time so you can view changes instantly
  • Create hierarchical DHTML menus
    • Vertical or horizontal pop-out menus
    • Add animated transitions
    • Totally customizable: change colors, fonts, border and spacing
    • Uniquely compact menu code produces small file sizes
  • Great value for money
    • The cheapest professional solution around for NavBars & Menus
    • NavBars & menus can be created for multiple sites with no extra payment
    • Suitable for designers and webmasters

To find out how Menu Maker works for yourself, check out our product tour and example templates or download the free 15 day trial.

 

©2005 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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