Boxshot 4.8.1 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 4.8.1! Why? Here are the answers:
Boxshot 4.8.1 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 4.8.1:
NEW RENDERING ENGINE:
- Since version 4.7 Boxshot has a new preview driver called "Raytracer 2 (beta)" - you could find it in the View -> Drivers menu. This is a completely new rendering engine that utilizes some crazy-complex algorithms to offer you a state of the art rendering quality.
- In this version we also added it as the production rendering option, so you can now choose between the old "RayTracer" and the new "Raytracer 2 (beta)" in the rendering settings window.
- Compared to the old rendering engine, the new one renders sharp but noisy image from the very first frame and then improves it step by step, until the quality becomes acceptable. You can configure this in the Settings window.
- The new engine makes better edges and takes much more care about glass and semi-transparent materials. But best of all, it is about 30% faster on most of the scenes!
- Although it is still in beta, you are more than welcome to use it in production. So far we see no cases where it performs worse than the old one. Give it a try and let us know.
- Unfortunately, the new engine does not work on Windows XP, so please consider upgrading your operating system to get the most of the new Boxshot. It is also much recommended to run it on 64-bit OS, as the new engine consumes a lot of memory and may fail on 32-bit systems.
NEW "PHARMA PILLS" SHAPE:
- This update comes with a highly-configurable pills blister shape. You can define the number of pills, choose from about 20 different shapes, add some randomization and render a perfect shot.
- You can bend packs to make them more realistic, tile or stretch images and configure gaps. Then render another great image.
- The shape is available in Professional and Ultimate editions.
OTHER SHAPE-RELATED IMPROVEMENTS:
- Until this update Boxshot tried to be smart when scaling book shapes. The idea was to prevent the non-uniform scaling of spine and corners, but for some cases this ends up with weird results. So we added a Smart scaling option that allows you to control how smart Boxshot needs to be.
- It is enabled by default for Hard Cover books and disabled for Paperbacks. We also improved paperbacks' spines and the side geometry of the "Image" shape. Both look slightly better now.
- We did a lot of tests while adding the new rendering engine and spotted some issues with the old one. We improved texture mapping, transparency handling (especially the "transparent shape over the transparent background" case) and improved blurred floor reflections rendering.
BOX SHOT 3D RELATED CHANGES:
- This update improves the import of old Box Shot 3D files. We added tagged boxes and paper bags and also made the imported shadows closer to the Box Shot 3D ones. If you still use the now-retired Box Shot 3D - it is definitely the time to upgrade.
- This version comes with the OBJ format exporter. The format itself is pretty odd as every application that supports it, gives its very own results when reading the file, so we decided to target Photoshop. It doesn't support all the features, as well, though. Turn the back faces off in Photoshop after importing the shape to get the best results.
- We have also improved Collada format support in this update. Boxshot now handles materials better while importing and exporting the shapes.
- After adding paper thickness to Origami we had to add the UV scale and offset options to Boxshot. We also improved texture wrapping and clamping support. Now you can render a perfect cardboard shape exported from Origami. You need the Ultimate edition to use this feature.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL:
- We also improved OS X compatibility, enhanced graphics acceleration support, fixed file naming for queued renderings, updated 3rd party components and fixed some bugs.
- reverts the Pharma Tube shape that has been missed since 4.8 update.
- Updated the new raytracing engine for speed and stability.