COMPUTER SOFTWARE REVIEW
Title: AddDepth; Fractal Design Corporation.
Reviewer: Raymond Saint Arnaud, "AddDepth
is a useful utility program for anyone looking
for quick 3D effects."
AddDepth really does
Fractal Design has released AddDepth, a program
to facilitate the creation of 3 dimensional effects with
type and other 2D objects. It might be thought of as
a utility for quick design creation.
AddDepth will appeal to users who want to avoid the
cost and long learning curve of programs like Corel
Draw, Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia Freehand.
Experienced users of these programs could replicate
the effects created in AddDepth and, probably even
add some enhancements but would be pressed to do
it with the ease of AddDepth. For the casual user, these
programs demand a large time commitment to achieve
the same result.
At its easiest level, AddDepth allows the user to select
from templates in three broad categories. Art & Design
has elaborate art work, Icons has simpler graphics
and Mostly Text relies less on graphics and more on
the text message.
AddDepth incorporates type, visual symbols and
graphics associated with various business and cultural
activities. Users can simple substitute their own type
requirements and the design is created, ready to be
printed or exported to another program.
The program has a second level that uses wizards.
Here the operator progresses through a series of
windows which offer options that lead the user through
the steps required to create a 3D type design.
At its highest level, the user opens a blank screen and
has full control on all the attributes of the type design.
These controls are available to the user who choose
the template or wizards path but may want to make
changes to further customize the design,
I found myself using AddDepth with wizards before I even
opened the manual. I was not sure why it worked or what
it did, but I was quickly creating 3D type designs. Once
I did turn to the manual and ran through the tutorial, I had
a very good understanding of the essentials of the programs.
The manual is very straightforward and well written.
AddDepth has a few tools that are particularly interesting
to use. Trackball allows the operator to move text through
3D space as if it were located on the surface of a large ball
that can be rotated with the mouse.
It is possible to turn type around and see it from behind.
Fortunately, AddDepth allows the user to specify the color
and bevel settings for the back as well as the front of type
Another unique device is the perspective tool. It allows
the user to quickly change the degree of perspective
and vanishing point by moving and resizing the "back
wall" of an imaginary box.
AddDepth also provides control of the working plane
and its relation to the various planes of the objects
created. This is particularly useful in resetting the working
plane to the face of an object after it has been manipulated.
It then quite easy to add additional objects to same working plane.
AddDepth is a useful utility program for anyone looking for quick
3D effects. The average user will be satisfied with the quick
results. The power user will have the option to import AddDepth
graphics into other programs as finished elements or for
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