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Edited by Gary W. Priester Number 38 July 15, 2005


Covered in this month's Workbook:

The July Xara X tutorial creates a gold and chrome symbol. Su Lawrence continues her sparkly stuff tutorial with Sparkly Stuff Part II in this month's Guest Tutorial. The July Featured Artist Gallery is another 4 artist Group Show. Included in Group Show are: John Chiarello, Dennis J. Newman, Mary O'Neill, and Danny Gregoris. Fun and diverse images as always. 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 a new release of his terrific font utility Font Seeker, free in the Shareware Page. There are new tips in the TIPS section.

I am always looking for contributions (Tips, Brushes, Templates, stuff like that) to share with the Xara Community. I'm also 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 Webstyle 4!

Xara Webstyle 4Many 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.

Xara Webstyle 4Webstyle 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 $79.00 (+ VAT in Europe) and existing owners of Webstyle 3 can upgrade online from just $29 (+ VAT in Europe)

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