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Chapter 7. 3-D Tools > Low-Cost Animation Systems

Low-Cost Animation Systems

Although in comparison to the really top-end applications it may be tempting to call programs such as CrystalGraphics' 3D Impact Pro and MetaCreations' LogoMotion "low-end" 3-D tools, they are actually quite powerful tools for generating Web art. Both 3D Impact Pro and LogoMotion enable you to import a vast variety of 3-D objects, to work with lights and textures, and to generate fairly complex animations in standard Web file formats quickly.

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The fact that the low-end programs are easy to use and have scaled-down feature sets can actually be a big advantage for users who don't want to tackle complex 3-D animation systems. For tasks such as building animated logos and buttons, these tools are ideal.



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