Edited (in the loosest sense on the word) by Gary W. Priester
VOLUME 3 ISSUE 11 •  March 15, 2000

In this issue:

Winners and Stuff

Cindy Lane, from New Jersey, USA, is the winner of the third, and last copy of Xara?, the next, and as yet, unnamed version of our favorite vector application. Cindy is an Industrial Designer who said her Most Wanted Feature is the ability to create lines that can be filled like objects. And not only is Cindy going to receive a copy of XaraYour Name is As Good As Mine, she will also be pleased to hear the last your editor heard, lines that will behave as objects is going to be an included feature.

Honorable Mention goes to Dino Punzi and Rena Kallman who both entered three times! Lucky your editor can sort the entries by name.

As you might remember from last month, Grettle, our Aricana hen, was selected to draw the winning entry, and just as she was about to draw the winning entry, Buffy, the Buff Orpington hen, flew down from the perch, landed on top of the basket of entries scattering them all over the Chateau La Coop.

Well, this month Grettle got to peck again, and...

Nothing happened. Can you believe it? She had steeled her nerves in anticipation of yet another catastrophe, and nothing happened. She was so amazed, yet befuddled, that she flew up to the laying box and proceeded to lay one of her distinctive light green-colored eggs, completely forgetting her assignment. Rhoda, the Rhode Island Red hen stepped in and drew the winning entry. I don't know how much more of this I can take!

Your editor (yep, it's still me), wants to thank each and every one of you fine and learned readers who submitted your questionnaires. With all the entries received, the ratio of Gentlemen to Ladies maintained its lopsided proportion as you can see on the chart to the left (Created with new Xara by the way) .

And the age breakdown continued about the same as before with the 40-50 age group comprising a third of the readers, followed by the 30-40 age group at 28% and the 50-60 age group at 20%. I am still hoping to get the complete breakdown of Xealots and Xara Conference stats from Xara, and as soon as I do I will post them here.


XTRA, XTRA, Read All About It! I have finally been given the go-ahead to show features and give details and there is so much to cover that I am going to devote the entire issue to what's new and improved in the next incarnation of Xara.

Also, the rumors are true. Xara Whatever (no name for the new product has been decided upon as of this writing), is going to be a Corel-free product! No, Corel has not decided to give the product away, but Xara Ltd., and Corel Corporation have decided to go their own ways. (Sounds of millions cheering, curch bells ringing, and automatic riffles being discharged into the air!!!)

Speaking of names. Daniel O'Neil has posted a web site with a list of reader-suggested names for the new Xara. Please visit the site and vote for your favorite name before the end of the month. We can all have a say in what our new Xara is going to be called. CLICK HERE to vote.

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The Featured Artist for March is Quentin Roper whom many of you might remember from his short stint as the Poet Laureate for the Xealot e-newsletter. Quentin lives in New Zealand, where the clear air and beautiful scenery breeds images of wit and cleverness. The March Trompe L'Oeil Room shows you how to create 3D text without having to spend the $40 for Xara 3D! (Xara informs me that Xara 3D 4 will be available by the end of the month, providing a few last minute wrinkles get ironed out).

Feedback is always welcome, as are questions and even criticisms. Even criticisms. Did I already say that? CLICK HERE to send feedback.

©2000 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.