Edited (in the loosest sense on the word) by Gary W. Priester
VOLUME 3 ISSUE 10 •  February 15, 2000

In this issue:

Winners and Stuff

Rory Toner, a graphic designer from Perth, Australia is the second Xealot winner of a copy of Xara 3, or the Holy Grail, which ever one is discovered first! Rory hopes for better image slicing in Xara 3, and without revealing anything too specific that could get your editor in hot water, let's just say, Rory won't be disappointed ;-)

The winning entry was drawn at random by Grettle, our gold-colored Aricana hen. Grettle has impeccable (or I suppose in the case of hens it might be impeckable) taste and a keen eye for picking winners. As is often the case, when I conduct these drawings however, Grettle was not the designated entry picker (or pecker as it were). The honors went to Doctor Dove, a gray ring-necked dove. Why we call him Doctor is a long story and one I shall not go into at this time. About the time DR. Dove was about to select the winning entry, and it just might have been yours, Grettle swooped down from her perch after laying one of her green colored eggs, and landed directly on top of the basket of names, and I'm sorry to report, on top of the hapless ring-necked dove to boot. The entries were flung into the air caused by her considerable down draft. As they were settling, Grettle snapped up Rory's winning entry in her beak. As the rest of the entries were scattered all over the straw, encircling the flattened dove, the judges (the other three doves and the remaining five hens) awarded Mr. Toner the prize. Congrats Rory. It's never easy!

The new entries, pretty much mirrored the previous demographics with the men greatly outnumbering the ladies. Your editor is open to an explanation for this discrepancy if any of you readers care to offer one. Are there just more men who read the WebXealot, or are the ladies afraid to stand up and be counted?

Insider Information! News and More News

We are getting closer and closer to Xara 3!!! I received Beta number 2 for Xara 3. I'm pleased to say that things are coming along well. Many of the features that were not operational in the first beta are now working. I'm estimating another two months until Xara 3 is released. I know we're all growing impatient, but unlike some software companies who shall remain nameless, Xara Ltd. in England wants Xara 3 to be as bug free as possible before they release it into the atmosphere. I think we can appreciate that. I sure can.

If the previous paragraph sounds a bit like last month, it is. Nothing has changed and so the text remains unchanged from last month. Sorry about that.

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The Featured Artist for the the first month of the new millennium is William Clegg. Bill resides in Puerto Rico and is a multiple prize winner in the Corel World Design Contest. The February Trompe L'Oeil Room showcases Xara's capabilities as a world-class illustration tool while at the same time revealing the workaround to Xara's nonexistent Spiral Tool.

Your editor wishes to thank all of you who used the form to submit your entries and your encouraging comments. Feedback is always welcome, as are questions and even criticisms. Even criticisms. Did I already say that?

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