Easily create eye-catching text animations
- Intuitive interface
- Includes lots of ready-made material
- Exports to many different formats
- Lots of support
- Messy download/installation process
- Strangely old-fashioned looking
Xara 3D Maker is a animated text maker targeted at users with little or no animation experience.
If you need some eye-catching text for your website, presentation or home-made movie, Xara 3D Maker could be exactly what you need. It's an app that's targeted at beginners, which means it has a very intuitive interface and is very easy to use. If you need even more encouragement, the Xara 3D Maker website is packed full of tutorials, guides and other forms of help.
One thing to bear in mind when using Xara 3D Maker is that many of the options available under the menu bar at the top, the menu down the right and the options on the left is that they all do the same thing - they are just different ways of accessing the options.
These options include a bunch of animation effects, patterns and styles, ready for you to use at any moment. You can easily customize the animation's color, bevel, shadow and design options – among other features – from the sidebar, and preview results in real time. Some of these Xara 3D Maker options can also be manually changed on the preview window, by simply dragging the animated text on your screen and moving the mouse.
Once your Xara 3D Maker animation is ready, you can export it to several formats, including animated GIF, bitmap- or vector- based Flash file (SWF), AVI movie, animated cursor (CUR) and Windows screensaver (SCR), ready to insert wherever needed. The one thing we couldn't help but notice about Xara 3D Maker, however, is that both the app and the designs it creates are beginning to look dated.
If you like the style, Xara 3D Maker is a great tool that lets you easily create text animations, even if you haven't used animation software before.