Box Shot 3D
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Photorealistic image rendering for package design.   Shareware ($80.00)
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Box Shot 3D allows you to render software boxes, ebook covers, CD and DVD boxes, brochures, magazines and much more. Powered by raytracing engine Box Shot 3D creates photorealistic images just in a few mouse clicks.
What's New
Version 3.6:
  • 50 sample scenes to start from
  • new "Canvas" shape
  • new "Dust Jacked Book On The Floor" shape
  • some old shapes' mapping fixed
  • one sad crash fixed and some other issues
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Box Shot 3D User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Mikebenda reviewed on 09 May 2011
As a graphic designer, I've created and produced a lot of packaging, which I normally render for my portfolio with Photoshop. The only problem with this method is that it's time-consuming and can be a bit difficult getting all of the renderings consistent with angle and lighting.

This application seems to work pretty well, although it was a bit irritating to have to import the same dieline in three times, once for each visible surface; plus the open file dialog window didn't remember the last location, making me have to navigate back to my portfolio folder each time.

I also couldn't find any way to set defaults, so that I could save a few standard different angle/lighting/shadow settings for different uses.

Although it seems to be a good application, I can't see spending $80 for it as I would only need to use it occasionally.

Also, I'm not sure what "shareware" means anymore, since one has to purchase the application to get it out of demo mode. Wouldn't "demoware" or "commercial" be a better category?
[Version 3.3.2]

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Appsforlife (developer) replied on 09 May 2011
You can use presets to store the standard lighting/camera settings.

As for the file dialog, this sounds strange, as it should work well. What version of OS X do you use?
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Mikebenda replied on 02 Aug 2011
I was running Snow Leopard. Sorry, but although I searched I couldn't find a way to save presets.
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Revco commented on 13 Dec 2010
It's getting there. Can still be inaccurate when matching panels of wrapped around art. Hey dev, can you add an option to remove the rounded corners on the Tagged box shape? And the ability to punch out shapes/holes in panels. Also, what I'd really like is for it to output a Quicktime VR file so that my clients can see their artwork in a faux 3D environment.
[Version 3.1]


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Kobalt reviewed on 02 Nov 2010
What can I say? It just keeps on getting better! Good on you, devs! :)
[Version 3.1]

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Kobalt replied on 06 May 2011
I wonder about some people. I just received a negative rating for the above comment by way of someone clicking the sad face emoticon. Why would that be appropriate? Or is it to do with the way MU has reversed the position of the two emoticons when they redid their site layout? I sure got caught out with that a few times in the early days.
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Dokter_mac replied on 09 May 2011
Here you Go. There will always be a few of those... You know :). Thanks for the feedback. Sincerely.
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Kobalt replied on 11 May 2011
I know it has nothing to do with the subject at hand and it doesn't really do much for our material or spiritual wellbeing, but reciprocated, Dokter_mac. Cheers ;)
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Chas_m commented on 13 Sep 2010
Wish they made a less-expensive "lite" version for people who only need this ability very occasionally. :(
[Version 3.0.3]

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Revco replied on 13 Dec 2010
I'd go the other way and suggest they make a more expensive version with pro features.
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JasonE replied on 09 May 2011
I like the idea of two versions. I recommend this to clientele and there are some that need it for very simple needs and others that would love a version that did more, but was not too complicated like Vectorworks, etc.
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Zweetlucht replied on 09 Jun 2011
Yeah! I would love to use this app, but since I'm only going to use it once or twice, I can't justify spending 80 dollars on it....
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+30

Glenbo reviewed on 16 Aug 2010
Absolutely awesome, the best app I have ever used for this type of thing, bar none!

Brilliant support as well!

I can't praise this app enough.
[Version 3.0]


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Gobra reviewed on 05 Apr 2010
It's simply awesome: really easy to use and the result is outstanding. Rendering time isn't very impressive, but i can wait a little to the best output i've ever seen in such kind of software products.
[Version 2.13.3]


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Facenormal reviewed on 28 Mar 2010
Box shot 3D is a wonderful program If you need to produce beautiful realistic 3D virtual simple product shots in a quick and simple way (ie without having to learn or set up your standard complex 3D software). The program is easy and fun to use even for non-designers.
There are many customizable template objects you can wrap into your designs and you can also import external 3D Studio objects (I have not used this feature yet, though).
Images can be rendered up to 4000x4000 px which makes them usable even for producing print ads or posters.
The program worked works without any quirks on my MacPro, using all 8 cores when rendering raytraced images.
If you are interested in this kind of stuff I encourage you to give the demo a spin. Don't try the pirated versions because they will produce all kind of quirks and errors and will give you a completely wrong impression of the app. Try the demo instead and then go and support quality Mac software developers.
[Version 2.13.2]


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Shmk commented on 06 Sep 2009
The demo doesn't seem to render in 10.6
[Version 2.12.1]


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kobalt reviewed on 11 May 2009
The lack of suggestions for similar products (at the time of writing) is a fair indication of this app's uniqueness on the Mac platform.

In my business, this app is a heaven-sent - we generate at least 3 to 5 images with it every day and I'd hate to think how much time that would take in Photoshop.

Sure, there a few quirks I'd like to see ironed out - like the size change function which doesn't do much for me when we have a wireobound book to do and which stretches the wireo unnaturally instead of creating additional coils - but overall, this is a pretty good product with a *very* responsive developer.
[Version 2.12.1]

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Anonymous commented on 12 May 2009
Since version 2.11 Box Shot 3D has several new binder shapes that have correctly-stretched coil. Plain old "spiral bounded book" was left for compatibility reasons.
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Glenbo reviewed on 26 Mar 2009
Absolutely brilliantly simple app to make 3D pack shots.

Yep it can be done in PhotoShop or in a 3D app, but this makes something quite complex extremely easy.

The developer is responsive and actively improves the app, in the 6 months since buying it it has had 6 updates each adding new features.

I can't rave enough about how good this app is!
[Version 2.11]


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Mabba rated on 23 Oct 2012

[Version 3.6]



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PaperCutPro rated on 06 Apr 2011

[Version 3.2.2]



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Aragorn07 rated on 11 Feb 2011

[Version 3.1]


Downloads:10,063
Version Downloads:1,384
Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
License:Shareware
Date:19 Oct 2011
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $80.00
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Box Shot 3D allows you to render software boxes, ebook covers, CD and DVD boxes, brochures, magazines and much more. Powered by raytracing engine Box Shot 3D creates photorealistic images just in a few mouse clicks.


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