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Edited (in the loosest sense on the word) by Gary W. Priester
March 15, 2002

In this issue:

The End of the Manual?

In this issue, your editor, whomever that might be, hopes to complete the Glossary, and at the same time, the On-line Manual.

Grant E. Remington has generously taken the time to create PDF files of all the XaraXone tutorials, and the WebXealots and on-line Xara X manual which we will be making available by the end of the month as a two CD set. Each CD (Tutorials on one and WebXealots/Xara X manual on the other) will sell for $15.00 US each or the pair for $20.00 plus shipping. In addition, I am reworking a few of the earlier chapters in the on-line manual to bring them up to date. (The manual was started before the final release of Xara X and many of the icons and functions have changed).

We will post the ordering information as soon as the discs are ready to ship in the Xara Conferences and in the next tutorial and WebXealot. In addition to the above mentioned, we will be trying to add some additional goodies in case you feel $20.00 is too much to pay for some PDF files. So, as they say, stay tuned.

I'm not sure where the WebXealot is going from here. I asked for suggestions last month and received a whopping one response. I am open to suggestions as to where the WebXealot should go next. If you have any ideas or would like to see any features not previously covered, covered in depth, feel free to suggest away. If not maybe the WebXealot has outlived its usefulness and needs to quietly fade away?

TIP of the Month

This week's TIP of the Week repeats the age-old question, how to create a transparent GIF image  without the white fringy stuff. You all should know that already as it has been covered here ten ways to Sunday, and back again. But I cannot tell you how many times each week your editor receives a frantic e-mail message on this shopworn topic.

Insider Information

The Featured Artist for March is Steve Newport, boy art whiz. Steve may only have just reached driving age (16 years in the USA) but his images show maturity well beyond his years. In fact if Steve were 36, or 56, his images would still be amazing. See if you don't agree.

The March Xara X Tutorial combines a few of the techniques from the previous month's tutorials, namely the vector fisheye lens effect and the crackled glaze effect to create an exploding sphere in outer somewhere image. Oh, and I'd be remiss if I did not credit the light spilling out of the crack effect was also inspired by one of Steve Newport's Lord of the Rings image.

The March Guest Tutorial #13 created by Tony Roberts (aka Tony London) is Part II of his Mould Madness tutorial of the previous month. In Part II Tony explores 1 and 2-point perspective in what can only be described as an excellent crash course on perspective. I spent an entire year in art school learning perspective and did not learn one half as much.

Price change for Xara Modules Graphics Users
This press release just received from Xara Modules:

Now it's even easier! We have simplified our graphics and effects range of Modules so that you can either buy them individually or as one single collection. Our previous collections, Web Graphics, Photo and Text Effects are now combined into one new Web Graphics and Effects Collection, at the great price of only $11.95 monthly or $119 yearly. Excellent value - saving an amazing 80% on the total individual price. Yes, 24 text and graphics effects for only $11.95 per month!

Click here to learn more about these great effects which include:

Are you a Dreamweaver or FrontPage user? Click here to download our new Dreamweaver Extension or FrontPage Add-In - it makes your page builder even more powerful!

Please contact us if you have any queries at

Xara Modules is a product of Xara, Ltd., who I do not need to remind you, makes all this free Xara-related content possible. Enough said?

©2002 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.










Leroy Stanley's Printing TIP: Printing the Xara tutorials and WebXealots cuts off some of the right hand side of the page. Here is how I get around this problem. In Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, select Page Set Up (File pull down menu) change the margin settings from 1" all around to .25" for the left and right margins, and .300 for the top margin. You must leave the bottom margin at .70 These settings will remain until you change the settings again.