by September 6, 2000 0 comments

The simple and easy-to-use interface lets you add animations to your work in minutesUlead
COOL 3D is a 3D titling and animation software that lets you create high-impact
3D titles and amazing
special effects for use in Web pages, multimedia, videos, presentations, and
documents.

Starting up

The program window is divided into two parts. The upper half
is the working area, which has all the menus and toolbars. From here, you can
choose to work on plain text, graphics or a geometric object. You can also
import graphics file made in other programs, by selecting Import>Graphics
from the File menu. Dimensions of the object you’re working on can be defined
under the Image menu.

Applying animation

Working with geometric shapes is another interesting optionThe
lower half is where you can choose the animations and effects and apply them
accordingly. There are tons of animated affects to choose from. Apart from
backgrounds, compositions, texture, etc, there are four kinds of special effects
that you can apply to your work. The first is Bevel effect, which lets you
customize the edges of your 3D object in different ways. Object effects let you
create titles that jump, dance, and spin. Transition effects make one object
replace another with effects like jumping, colliding, and exploding, while you
can use Global effects to apply effects like fire, shadow, glow, etc.

You can use the Import>Xmodel command in the File menu to
import 3D objects that have been created in another 3D program. You can then
work on these and apply animation of your choice. You can also choose display or
output quality for an object from the Image menu, and preview your work before
saving it.

Saving your work

After satisfying yourself with the effects and animations
that you’ve applied, you can choose the format to save it in. The supported
ones are GIF, BMP, JPEG and TGA. You could even save your work as a movie file–in
AVI format.

The best part about this program is that you don’t have to
be a graphics expert to use it. The animation controls are easy enough for
novice users and powerful enough for advanced users who want finer animation
settings. So, all you have to do is install COOL 3D from this month’s PCQ CD
and get going with it.

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