Ulead Systems has launched Cool 3D 3.5 - an update to its 3D text and animation tool for creating Web graphics and effects. Ulead says that new additions are focussed on allowing increased control over the design process. New features include the ability to import adobe Illustrator files, as well as converting static raster images into scalable vector paths. An "instant wire-frame display mode" has been added, providing a new special effects as well as giving a clearer overview of a project when designing and animating. New geometric shapes include a frustrum (truncated pyramid), torus, and metaballs. 3D vector-based Macromedia Flash files can be created with Cool 3D 3.5, and several additional plug-ins have been added. These include lightning, texture embossing, and wave animation, says Ulead. It will ship for Windows and cost £45 plus VAT.