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Payal Tandon

To add one more thing to this,  I would like to show the following words:

Meaning

Sentence

Grammar

eGMAT

I thought that showing these words in this format may be a good representation for one of my courses.    But I am open to other ideas as well... And obviously I would like to know how to make these in teh crossword puzzle form.  I am a little fuzzy with the use of reflection and shadows.  :(

Payal Tandon

Blake Griffin said:

What about creating a word search game? The user could find the word on the screen in a group of mixed letters, and then click or mouse over it to reveal the word's definition or some other extended information relating to the word. 


Hi Blake,

Thanks for your suggestion.  But actually the output that I need is really a graphic icon that will explain one of my courses - Sentence Correction for GMAT.  I would be placing it on my website. 

Steve Flowers

Here's one way to do this. You can plot out your character squares then use the 3D format and rotation tools to set it into place. Here's an example. This is simply a grouped set of squares with text elements. I applied significant depth and some rotation using the 3-D tools in PPT.

If you wanted to do the block facing letters you could carefully create another set with minimal depth and calculate a new angle for the 3D rotation. Could take a little trial and error.

This sloppy example took about 3 minutes If you want something fancier, a 3D program could be the trick. I use a variety of tools but Blender is a free one and is much more friendly than it used to be.

Payal Tandon

Steve Flowers said:

Here's one way to do this. You can plot out your character squares then use the 3D format and rotation tools to set it into place. Here's an example. This is simply a grouped set of squares with text elements. I applied significant depth and some rotation using the 3-D tools in PPT.

If you wanted to do the block facing letters you could carefully create another set with minimal depth and calculate a new angle for the 3D rotation. Could take a little trial and error.

This sloppy example took about 3 minutes If you want something fancier, a 3D program could be the trick. I use a variety of tools but Blender is a free one and is much more friendly than it used to be.

This is great Steve.  This is what I would like to learn...  I will give it a shot and see how much I learn myself with trial and error...:)
Payal Tandon

Christine Madden said:

I think if you want it to be really slick, you should get a graphic artist to do it.  Otherwise, I saw this online... I haven't tried it myself, but it might fit your needs...  http://www.presentationload.com/en/Powerpoint-2007-charts/3D-Crosswords-2007.html

Thanks Christine...This site is nice...I will try this out
Payal Tandon

Steve Flowers said:

Here's one way to do this. You can plot out your character squares then use the 3D format and rotation tools to set it into place. Here's an example. This is simply a grouped set of squares with text elements. I applied significant depth and some rotation using the 3-D tools in PPT.

If you wanted to do the block facing letters you could carefully create another set with minimal depth and calculate a new angle for the 3D rotation. Could take a little trial and error.

This sloppy example took about 3 minutes If you want something fancier, a 3D program could be the trick. I use a variety of tools but Blender is a free one and is much more friendly than it used to be.


I am still unable to figure out what took you 3 minutes to put together...You can tell that I am a novice here...

Just as I started, when I ungrouped this figure, all the cubes separated out and re-aligned.  Now even without moving them myself, when I grouped them together, they did not come back to the position as in this image.  So what is the trick there.  I am surely missing something very obvious there...