by Lisa Casler
The already excellent
features of Cool 3D 2.0 have been expanded on with Ulead's
newest version, 2.5. Ulead has added more plug-in's to
Plug-in Madness, including dance, surface and path animation's.
Use motion blur for that speeding text effect or make your text
or objects glow to get attention. You can use token based motion
to animate text and/or objects by size, skew, position and rotation.
Cool 3D 2.5
also supports direct 3D hardware accelerators, creates documents
larger than the screen resolution and independent motion keyframes
for position, size and rotation. With so many animation effects
and templates included, you should have no problem finding one
that suits your requirements and if none do, you can easily
create your own.
You have the option
of creating animation in avi or animated gif formats. You can
also output still images in gif, jpeg, tga and bmp formats.
The system requirement recommends a 166 Pentium and 32 MB RAM,
I tried the software on a 166 with 64 MB RAM and a 300 with
64 MB RAM, the 300 Pentium. Both performed nicely, but the 300
Pentium did speeds things up quite a bit.
A picture of the menu bar shows the control you have over your
Cool 3D's Easy Palette system is easy to use, look for the type
of animation, background, etc. and double click to use it on
your selected text or object.
This is a view of the motion blur effect in the Easy Palette.
I used it on the text in the image below.
motion blur effect applied.
These are some
more animation's with various effects applied. All started with
the same text, I just changed colors, textures and effects.
||The bend effect
effect applied. Using this effect on round objects of various
colors would make great confetti. The dance effects that
are included range from a mild jump to a frantic, bouncing
all over dance.
and animated texture effects applied. As this shows, you
can use more than one animation effect in an animation.
||The Move effect
applied. This filter moves the letters or objects around.
rotate effect applied. You can use the X, Y, and Z angles
to rotate your objects or text
resize effect applied. Nine different animation motions
that you can use.
skew effect applied. You can skew in forward, backward and
effect applied. Use a sphere, cylinder or a cube path and
wrap styles for different effects.
this out of two supplied objects. I used an explosion effect
on the heart and had both move towards the camera.
||Here I used
an object included with Cool 3D and had the text use a surface
Plus: Cool 3D 2.5 adds alot of excellant effects and ease
of use. Even for the home user it will give Cool 3D 2.5 a lot
of use. The professional will certainly want to get this version
of Cool 3D as soon as possible.
The Minus: At this writing I found no problems, had zero
crashes and found nothing that I see as a minus.
· Pentium 120 MHz
(166 MHz recommended)
· Windows 95/98 or NT4
· 16 MB RAM (32 MB recommended)
· 24 MB HD space (32 MB recommended)
· Direct X 5.0 driver or above
· CD-ROM Media
Cool 3D V2.5