What’s Coming Up Next? – MacHouse Introducing Text 1-2-3D for Mac OS X

Mac OS X software Text 1-2-3D

TOKYO (MacHouse) – This year is almost over. It’s been a terrible year for me since my beloved mother passed away at the beginning of last November. Anyway, before a new year starts in several days, let me announce I submitted a new software title to Mac App Store several few hours ago. I would never have been able to complete this new release without Apple Developer Technical Support’s (DTS) assistance. This new release is called Text 1-2-3D.

Text 1-2-3D is a desktop application that utilizes the SceneKit framework (a group of APIs) that lets you create 3D text objects over a 2D scene plane. There is no limitation as to how many 3D text objects you can create. Grab a 3D text object, which you freely move with your mouse pointer around the scene canvas. Adjust the position of the light source and also change light types to illuminate text objects dramatically. You have an option of showing or not showing a floor that displays the reflections of 3D text objects.  

Mac OS X software Text 1-2-3D   Mac OS X software Text 1-2-3D

Available at Mac App Store
Mac App Store


  1. Create any number of 3D text objects.
  2. Assign a different color to each of five sides (front, back, extruded sides, front chamfer, back chamfer) of a 3D text object.
  3. Position the light source. Change light types (Omni, Spot, Directional, Ambient)
  4. Show or not show a floor that displays the reflections of 3D text objects.
  5. Apply the bold and/or italic typefaces to the selected font when possible.
  6. The application supports the hit test, which means that the user can grab any of text objects, which they can move freely around the scene canvas.
  7. Rotate a text object along X, Y, Z-axes.
  8. Copy the properties of the selected text object. Then apply them to another.
  9. Make the selected text object invisible instead of deleting it.
  10. Undo/Redo the position after moving the selected text object with mouse. (v.1.0.4 or later)
  11. Save the current scene as a picture (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF). What you see over the scene canvas is exactly what you will get (except the background color).
  12. Save current progress as a project file. Just double-click on a project file to reproduce the progress you made last time.
  13. The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
  14. The application does NOT support the fullscreen mode.
  15. Languages: English and Japanese (v.1.0.4 or later) only
  16. Application file size: 10.9 MB.
  17. The application comes with a complete user’s guide written in English. (Choose Help > User’s Guide.)
  18. The application comes with a 11-page introduction window, giving the user a quick tour over how it works.

System requirements

  1. 10.9 (tested with 10.9.5), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.0), 10.12 (tested with 10.12.5)
  2. 64-bit system


  1. The application allows the user to use bold and italic typefaces, which doesn’t mean all fonts support them.

Version history

Version 1.0.8 (Released on August 7, 2017)

  1. Fix: The application saved a blank image to disk under macOS 10.12 Sierra.

1.0.7 (Released on April 14, 2015)

  1. The application could fail to work properly for some localizations.
  2. Fix: For retina display models, the application saved 3D images twice the dimensions they are supposed to at 144 dpi in resolutions.

1.0.5 (Released on January 2, 2015)

  1. The text color of some buttons are set to light gray for Mac OS X 10.10.

1.0.4 (Released on December 29, 2014)

  1. Fix: The application could duplicate format names on the export drop-down menu in Preferences.
  2. The Japanese localization is added.
  3. The window sheet color for creating and editing 3D text objects is changed for the sake of those who run OS X 10.10.
  4. A few other minor changes and fixes are done.

User’s guide

Application user’s guide is available (only in English). Click here to access it online.

Trial/Demo version

Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it.

Video tutorial

There is no video tutorial at this time.

Text 1-2-3D is a product of MacHouse.
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