Boxshot 4.7.1 Description
So, you decide to create a virtual cover. Good decision. As you already know people will not buy things thay they cannot see. Software box will be the deciding factor for many potential customers. Creating a virtual software box for your product is a really good idea.
You need a best virtual cover for your software. Why? Stupid question, I know.
But I have an answer: Software box is a deciding factor for your customers, so you have two ways: customer sees your box and decides to try your software or customer sees your box and decides to look for another one. Yes, ugly software box can force your potential customer to go away.
So, you decide to create a best virtual cover in the world. Congratulations! You've found the right tool for your task: Boxshot 4.7.1! Why? Here are the answers:
Boxshot 4.7.1 uses raytracing algorithms to produce photorealistic virtual covers. It is an unique feature of Boxshot. You will not find another virtual cover software that does the same.
- Raytracing allows creation of photorealistic images and shadows. Box Shot 3D calculates millions of light rays passing from the light source to the object. The result is a very realistic looking object. Raytracing is usually used for special effects in movies. Box Shot 3D allows you to use this technology for creating box shots!
- Realistic Shadows:
- The use of raytracing leads to "realistic" shadows. Box Shot 3D calculates the amount of light for every pixel in your image. Box Shot 3D also calculates skylight (or atmospheric light) - light emitted by sky. This makes images look even more realistic.
- Supported shapes:
- Box Shot 3D contains tons of different shapes that can be used for rendering boxes, DVD- and CD-cases, screenshots, books, stacks of books, brochures, paper bags, cans, bottles etc. Select the shape you need, insert your images and press "Render", it's that easy!
- Box Shot 3D has probably the largest built-in library of shapes among the competitors, but even if your shape is missed, you can import and render any 3DS file.
- Advanced Materials:
- Box Shot 3D allows to load height and specular maps and create relief-effect on the flat sides of shapes. This gives endless possibilities for book covers, cards and other objects. See the examples of materials usage in the gallery.
- Supported Image Formats:
- Box Shot 3D can load JPEG, PNG, BMP, TIFF and PSD files (both in RGB and CMYK). Transparency channel is loaded too and may be used in the number of shapes (like Image or Brochure).
- Rendered images can be saved to JPEG, BMP, PNG or TIFF (the latest two format support transparency).
- You can fully control the box reflection, transparency and depth on the floor and adjust them with sliders to see result in realtime. More, you can adjust blur level for reflections.
- Transparent background:
- If you want to use the rendered image in a complex project, you can easily output your image with transparent backgrounds (PNG or TIFF formats) for use in your favorite graphics editor. You may also select a solid background color as well.
- Box Shot 3D uses many tricks for fast and efficient antialiasing. You will never see rough or pixilated edges again. Everything will be smooth and very realistic.
- Quality control:
- The quality of the rendered image can be adjusted. If you need a fast draft render for preview, set the "Quality" combo-box to the "Draft" value and rendering will finish faster. When you need full production quality, select "Production" or even "High End" values for the desired output.
- Easy to use:
- Yes. Box Shot 3D is a one of the simplest applications of its kind. It has easy "step-by-step" tabs that quickly guide you through the entire creation process.
News in Boxshot 4.7.1:
- It fixes a nasty crash in the new raytracing preview mode and also improves error handling in materials processing code.
- Besides that we improved keyboard navigation in the new rendering window and animation/batch rendering wizards. Default buttons, keyboard focus and all that stuff.
- The turntable animation window has been redesigned to match the new rendering wizard style (click for the full-size images).
- Boxshot can now render a transition between two snapshots as a sequence of images. Create two snapshots and click the Transition Animation... in the Render menu. You will need to pick two snapshots and setup a transition curve to render the animation.
- Batch rendering is a sort of animation, but it replaces images instead of moving the camera. Click the Batch Rendering... item in the Render menu to start. You will need to pick a shape and a side and then make a list of images for rendering. Boxshot will apply images one by one and render the scene for each applied image.
"Render later" folder:
- This version finally allows you to define a folder for the queued jobs. You can do this in the application settings window, there is a field for that there. Make sure you provided a full path there, as otherwise Boxshot will revert to the default one