Cool 3D version 2.0
Cool 3D is a fantastic program for creating animated 3D text
and objects. The included effects, textures, and templates makes
creating your own 3D animation a snap. Cool 3D image titles
can be placed as objects in programs that support Object Linking
and Embedding (OLE) and in place editing. You can save your
titles as a still image in BMP, GIF, JPEG and TGA formats and
animated as GIF Animation or AVI. You can import WMF/EMF as
graphic objects. Included are Plugins for Explode, Twist, Fire,
other great effects and the ability to mount your text or object.
Share your presets with friends or bring them home from work
by importing or exporting thumbnails in EasyPalette. Multiple
frame control makes creating simpler.
I created this COOL animated gif in less than an hour.
First I created the text that will show. You can animate the
text whole word or letter by letter. Any font you have installed
can be used, however some are better for 3D than others. I usually
stick to the blocky or thick rounded fonts. In this case I used
a fun font for a bit of whimsy.
The Cool 3D program at work showing the text I created in 3D.
The highlighted wheel is the color I will be applying to the
text. This color is included with Cool 3D. You can create your
own color combinations, use textures, change the lighting, ambiance
and specular. Animated colors and textures are also included
and as with the colors, you can create your own.
The text after applying the color.
Here I am applying an explosion effect. The one I have chosen
is highlighted, all you do is double-click to apply. The explosion
effect I chose explodes the letters from the center out one
at a time.
This is a screen shot of the finished animation in Cool 3D.
You can export in GIF Animation or AVI formats or as a still
in BMP, GIF, JPG or TGA format.
created in Cool 3D
The paper manual is small, but is very concise on how to use
Cool 3D. The help file has a nice tutorial. Very stable, I had
zero crashes all the time I was using it. If you want an above
average, easy to use 3D Text animation program, Cool 3D is it.
Be sure and check Uleads web site for additional plugin's and
The small manual.
Minimum System Requirements
Pentium 166 with MMX or
Windows 95/98 or Windows NT
DirectX 5.0 or above (Windows 95/95)
DirectX 3.0 Driver for Windows NT 4.0
At least 16MB of RAM (32MB recommended)
At least 32MB of disk storage (64MB recommended)
can buy Ulead COOL 3D online for $39.95 or upgrade if you have
version 1.0 for $24.95.
Visit the Ulead
web site for a demo on Cool 3D and a free Shadow plugin for