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Review by Tanya Metaksa
Their online "walk-through"
is a good overview when getting started. In addition Webstyle
includes a "viewlet" tutorial to get the user
up and running.The tutorial for Webstyle 3 has been improved
over the version 2 tutorial. They now explain the range
of options available in far greater detail than they did
in version 2. If shadows are your thing, Webstyle 3 makes
it very easy to add shadows of every description to most
objects that can be produced. Figure 1 shows the basic
shadows available, but Webstyle gives the user flexibility
to move the shadow in directions and angles more dynamic
than those produced by just the plain template. Unfortunately,
the tutorial never explains how to use this more advanced
feature shown in figure 2.
Opening Webstyle gives one the option of creating all the Web objects available. If one wishes to start with a theme set, all of Xara's 44 theme templates are found under Templates. However, there is much more to Webstyle than just using pre-made theme sets. Webstyle comes with 264 different backgrounds and as colors are changed the number of backgrounds becomes almost infinite: from water drops (Figure 3) to rocks (Figure 4) to abstract wavy lines (Figure 5). And changing the sizing of the background such as was done to Figure 5 to create Figure 6, the entire site can change as well.
As for the ubiquitous button, Webstyle supplies over 200 templates for button design. The color, the size, and the text are configurable, as well as the shadow, which can appear as a "floor" or "wall" shadow. Figure 7 shows a floor shadow, while Figure 8 demonstrates a wall shadow.
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