Xara Launches Xara3D 6 – 3D Graphics for the Masses

Xara Launches Xara3D 6 – 3D Graphics for the Masses










(PRWEB) February 23, 2005

Xara announces the release of a major new upgrade to their popular 3D graphics creator. Xara3D 6 can be used to create stunning static or animated 3D graphics, headings and logos in seconds. “It’s so low cost that everyone can afford it, and so easy to use that anyone can use it”, says CEO, Charles Moir.

Xara3D 6 sees a total overhaul of the user interface. A new docking panel provides clean, uncluttered access to all the main control features. The menus, keyboard short-cuts, toolbars are all now completely customizable. A new feature is the interactive adjustment of the extrude depth and bevel by simply clicking and dragging the image on-screen.

Version 6 includes new bevel types and a completely new system of boards and borders, where the 3D object can be placed on the board background or cut-out of the board, or a border can be placed around the object.

Xara3D can save in all the popular bitmap and animation formats: highly optimized PNG, JPG and static or animated GIF and Flash formats, and a wide variety of movie formats. Version 6 includes improved integration with Xara X¹, the Xara flagship vector graphic product. Users can now directly copy vector graphics to extrude into 3D, and copy directly back into X¹ with just 2 key presses.

Version 6 includes the main functionality of the Xara ScreenMaker software (SRP $ 14.95) so it can produce really smooth 3D screensavers that can be freely distributed.

“Xara3D has been the most popular Xara product of all time” says Charles Moir, CEO of the Xara Group . “This version offers a dramatic advance in software usability. The beauty of Xara3D is the direct on-screen manipulation of the 3D object. By dragging on the object you can extrude, rotate and alter the bevels. You can drag the 3D lights to shine on the object from any angle and simply double click on a light to alter its color. It has to be the easiest interface for any 3D program”

The free trial version can be downloaded from the Xara website. The cost of Xara3D 6 is $ 44.99 with a special upgrade cost of $ 29.99 for existing version 4 and 5 users. A CD is sent to everyone who purchases with a backup copy of Xara3D, plus over 700 example files, 400+ textures, 65 TrueType fonts and a tutorial movie.

About Xara

Xara has been producing software since 1981 and has developed particular expertise in the area of graphics software. Our aim is to combine clean, simple user-interfaces with ultra fast performance, in packages that create compact, screen-optimized graphics. For further details on Xara and our products visit xara.com

Besides graphics software Xara also has an online division, Xara Online, that has developed a range of web site add-ons for non-programmers. These enable anyone, from business owners to experienced webmasters, to add a wide range of online page components and data functionality to any website. For further details on Xara Online visit: xaraonline.com

10 Key Features of Xara3D 6

•Easy and fast creation of 3D text, graphics and animation for websites, presentations and print.

•Animate any TrueType font or 3D shape in seconds.

•Style Picker for copying settings from previous work (700 examples included).

•Real time shadows, bevels, textures and extrusions.

•Apply separate animation to individual characters or shapes.

•New design styles include boards, boards with holes, borders and buttons.

•Full, interactive control over color, extrusion, bevels and lighting.

•Outputs JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG (including full PNG alpha channel), ICO (icon), CUR (cursor), animated GIF, AVI, SWF (vector and bitmap) and screensavers.

•Full optimization of output graphics and animation for use in web pages.

Systems Requirements

Windows® 98, Me, 2000 SP2+ or XP. Pentium® processor or better.

64MB RAM. 16bit color. 50MB of available hard disk space.

For review copies and full press information contact:

Nova Fisher at Xara, email: nova@xara.com

Tel: + 44 (0)1442 350000

Fax: + 44 (0)1442 350010

Xara Group Ltd

Gaddesden Place

Hemel Hempstead

Hertfordshire

United Kingdom

HP2 6EX

Further press information and materials can be obtained at http://www.xara.com/press

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