The Xara Xone Tutorials Xara Tutorials April 2005
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A Timely Xara X1 and Xara 3D-6 Tutorial

Xara Ltd. has just released the latest version of Xara 3D-6. Creating cool animations and 3D effects on type has never been easier. But with a small amount of effort, you can push the envelope and create realistic objects such as the wall clock in this month's tutorial. The technique we will use is based upon Mike Sim's brilliant Guest Tutorial in which he created a photorealistic astrolabe (see the screen capture below). Some knowledge of Xara X1 is helpful, but most users should be able to complete this tutorial.

Xara 3D 6 Has just been released.

Xara 3D-6Traditional 3D programs are notoriously difficult to use and understand. Not so Xara3D 6. Unlike much modern 'bloatware' that offers more  features than are ever likely to be used, and take an age to learn and understand, Xara3D has been created to perform one job, and performs that job with style, speed, and slick simplicity.

Xara3D 6 is solely designed to create the highest quality 3D text and graphics, such as  logos, titles, headings and buttons. It's the perfect way to add impact to your web pages,  mailshots and presentations (all images are fully anti-aliased for that smooth, professional  quality). Xara3D can also create awesome 3D animations in seconds - GIFs, AVIs and simple Flash  movie sequences - and you can even enhance your desktop by saving any animation as a screen saver!

The previous advertising copy is from the Xara 3D-6 web page. And while I cannot argue with any of it, what Xara left out is how much fun Xara 3D 6 is and how even the least artistic person can create something way cool just by keying in some text and then applying any of the dozens of predesigned animation templates. As those persons who are 1/3 my age would say, it rocks! And the big news is now you can create and copy a shape in Xara X and paste it directly into Xara 3D 6.

Xara 3D 6 interface - Astrolabe 2005 Bill Sims

In this month's Xara Xone Guest Tutorial, Mike Sims shares his secrets for how he created this incredible brass astrolabe in Xara 3D-6.

The amazing thing, to me at any rate, is once you get the idea of how to do it, the possibilities are endless for what other cool things you can create using Mike's technique.

Click here for more information, and to download your free trial version.

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©2004 Gary W. Priester
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