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GBIC >> Software Reviews >> 3D Text Editors
3D Text Editors      (July 2007)

3D Text Editors are specialized tools which allow users to create 3D images of text. The best tools provide a wide variety of options for changing the look of the image while maintaining ease of use.

Review Results
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following application for your 3D Text Editor program needs:

  • Xara3D
    This tool is particularly simple to use and produces high quality 3D graphics. 3D graphics in minutes. Simply type in the text and select the features to change. Colors, textures, shadows, anti-aliasing, 3D rotation, image export animation are all supported.

    Xara3D is the tool I use to create my web site text graphics.

3D Text Editor Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from a 3D Text Editor. Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement these features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.

  1. Fonts
  2. Surfaces (color/font/texture)
  3. Shapes (extrusion, rotation, beveling)
  4. Rotation/Animation
  5. Image capture/export
  6. Wizards
  7. Pre-defined projects/shapes

Candidate Programs
Almost all of the 3D image editors provide support for adding 3D text to the image. In this review, I tried to limit candidates to program which focussed on 3D text as their primary output.

These are the programs included in this review.

FreewareCommercial
  1. TextStylist
  2. Font Magic
  3. PFE
  1. BluffTitle DX9 $60
  2. CyD GIF Studio Pro $19
  3. Effect3D Studio $99
  4. FontTwister $35
  5. PhotoLine 32 $81
  6. Ulead Cool 3D $49
  7. Xara3D $45
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other 3D Text Editor programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.