is an easy-to-use and effective tool for creating animated 3-D clip art. Often, such applications are little more than a library of pre-composed models providing limited opportunity to adjust a few basic settings, but Effect 3D
manages to provide pretty broad creative scope without getting bogged down in technical detail.
The key to its success is the interface. The Effect 3D application is a small panel that takes up less than a quarter of your screen. Eight small buttons across the top of the panel take you through each stage of 3-D model selection, adaptation and animation.
There's a good selection of base models organised into categories including animals, cartoon characters, computers (there's even a Palm), food, stationery, toys and vehicles.
You can add effects to change the surface rendering, so that your object appears to be hewn from wood or brass, or outline sketched, or stippled, or just like the real thing. The next button allows you to further tweak the appearance of object surfaces by using four sliders to control reflectivity.
Having selected a background there's yet more opportunity to tweak--this time environment parameters including colours, glows, anti-aliasing, lighting and shadows can be controlled from a sort of uber-panel with six buttons of its own to subdivide the tasks.
They saved the most fun bit until last--this is where you get to choose the animation style and make your floppy disk, chicken, Palm or whatever flutter in the wind, backflip, do the twist or make like a cheerleader. As well as object animations, there are animated lighting effects like thunder and lighting and neon night.
The quality of the animations is first rate. Objects don't simply bounce around, limbs make all the right moves and body shapes morph on contact with other surfaces. Users of Discrete's 3-D modelling application can import and animate 3DS models, but for most people Effect 3D will simply be a fast and fun way to produce 3-D cartoon animations for the Web. --Ken McMahon
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