In today's economy, survival of small companies is highly dependent upon their ability
to manage money wisely. Marketing tools with extensive graphic capabilities and easy
web interfacing are normally very pricey and are consistently dropped from the budget
when forecasting for the future. That's why eZ-Motion is an ideal tool for this market.
Priced from $69 to $99, even those with tight budgetary constraints can afford it.
eZ-Motion provides all the tools needed to create fantastic animations that will
grab the attention of any Web Surfer, stopping them dead in their tracks and drawing
attention to your web-site. 3-D text is a snap. With customizable templates and animations
that can be easily manipulated, and simple import/export capabilities, you'll be
up and running in no time.
eZ-Motion is moderately intuitive for simple animation needs with a relatively quick
and easy learning curve. The user simply places objects on the canvas, and sets the
start and end frames. For a first time user of animation software, there is an immediate
satisfaction as things begin to move (at a constant rate and in a linear path). Speed
and direction are altered by adding keyframes or through manual manipulation of the
pathway. Additional keyframes are automatically created whenever there are significant
changes to the file.
3D animation is eZ-Motion's crowning glory. The program contains an extensive array
of 3D objects and allows easy importing of files from popular formats such as LightWave,
Flash, Quicktime and Photoshop, just to name a few. A nice feature is the ability
to manipulate the imported object without compromising the integrity of the original
eZ-Motion allows exporting in a wide variety of formats, including QuickTime, Animated
GIF, and Flash. The Export Wizard is an especially handy as it automatically compares
the various file types and compression settings prior to export. Preview of the animation
sequence is somewhat skippy and erratic, so it is wise to fully test the exported
image to ensure the proper time sequence prior to use.
One thing that I found extremely frustrating was the huge amount of resources required
to run the program. My computer kept freezing or displaying the 'additional resources
were required' message if other programs were running concurrently. I also found
the documentation somewhat lacking for a Mac user. The screen shots for the tutorials
were Windows-based, making it rather difficult to follow along. There were also a
few slight interface problems, such as the Fill inspector didn't properly tab in
the first RGB box (although it did work in the 2nd and 3rd boxes), and changing number
of frames does not take upon tabbing, only after pressing the RETURN key.
Overall, for a simple, inexpensive animation program, eZ-Motion delivers a quality
product without all the bells and whistles of the more expensive animation software.
- Cool 3-D and animation
- Easy import/export
- Basic enough for
a first time user
- Good price for an
- Entering 3D text
- Memory hog
- Documentation not
- Slight interface
3 1/2 out of 5 Mice