Xara Offers a Variety of 3-D Basics

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2005-03-14 Print this article Print

Xara3D 6 provides simple 3-D graphics manipulation at a low price point.

Im not a big fan of flashing, rotating or otherwise animated logos and graphics, but some companies want these kinds of three-dimensional graphics for their presentations, promotional materials and Web sites.

These types of capabilities are often included in high-end graphics tools such as those from Adobe and Macromedia. However, these tools may be too costly and complex for a business that wants to create, for example, only a 3-D animated version of its company logo.

For these businesses a good option might be Xara Groups Xara3D 6, which provides simple 3-D graphics manipulation at a low price point of $44.99.

Using Xara3D 6, which shipped last month, I easily created a wide variety of 3-D shapes and designs for text logos and other images. All my design options were reflected in real time, and the product provides a good amount of sample designs and textures.

Simple animations, such as light movement and rotations, were easy to apply, and our 3-D content could be output in a variety of formats.

For more information or to download a trial version, go to www.xara.com.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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