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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 6 Nov 1998 14:16:58 -0500
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>I am wondering how useful Adobe Dimensions is to fellow sci-arters?
>I am taking an Illustrator class, and the teacher wants us to use
>Dimensions also. She's only got it on five computers at school, so it's
>hard to get to use. Anyhow, I do most of my homework at home, and since
>my schedule is so tight, it's real hard to get up the hill to school.
>Is it worth my while to buy this program (no, I don't have friends at
>Adobe) for future use? It seems like a pretty nifty thing, but I'm
>looking at buying Quark in January, I need other things, like printers,
>scanners, and memory, so I'm not sure If I want to make room in the
>budget for this if it's not the right program.
>Margaret Sloan
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Dimensions has very limited 3D capabilities. But it is very easy to master
(Big Plus).

But unless you need to create 3D Shaded renderings of relativly simple
objects or apply Photoshop images to relatively simple objects, and then
expoert them to Abobe Illustrator for further vector editing, it may not be
worth it.

But it could do a bang up job in special situations such as conecting a set
of balls and sticks (molecules) or generating a oddly shaped cylinder.  It
would pay for itself in time savings on one job, if it was the right kind
of job.  I used it to create a simple pocket watch I could rotate to
different angles and move the hands to different times.  Took the output
into Illustrator and tweeked it, then made EPS files.   They ended up as
additions to a hand rendered image in a National Geographic book on
Everyday Science.

I could also have moved it into PhotoShop and used it as the basis for much
more rendering there.


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