There are a number of features available in version 3.5 of Ulead's COOL 3D. The features can be grouped into the following categories: Create, Add Effects, Animate, and Output. Some of the specific features are outlined below:
, the main component of the application, which is arranged in a very logical format, is great for managing the design process because it maintains all of the available design selections in a single location. Users can begin by making a selection from the Studio Folder, such as a composition, background, shape, or symbol. [See image 1] Once dropped onto the palette, the real work can begin. Users move through the EasyPalette, customizing their design with additional effects ranging from color, light, and texture to distortion, animation, and transitions. It is even possible to begin with a 2D image or text design and then convert it to 3D by simply clicking a button. Drag-and-Drop
technology allows users to easily create new designs and instantly see their creations. Presets
within COOL 3D take the pressure off of being creative, making non-creative users more comfortable with the application. The ability to work with True Type
fonts takes the designs to a new level. The Attribute Toolbar
allows for customizable 3D settings. The bonus EnVector Module
is a simple 3D solution for creating either vector 3D text or objects, which can be used as vector-based Macromedia Flash movies.
Original image dimensions can be either user defined or set to the application standard, making it even more flexible for a user to create just the right image. Ulead also provides the ability to export the files to another format such as Macromedia Flash. [See image 2]
Ulead COOL 3D can be used in a number of capacities within a business organization, including a company logo design, a company sign design, and/or brochure development. This application makes it easy for both a startup marketer and a seasoned professional to achieve high-quality professional results.