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Cover Commander 3.1 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Cover Commander 3.1

Cover Commander helps to create Software Boxes and EBook Covers.
$69.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 159 (46%) 184 (54%) 63 comments

Cover Commander 3.1 was available as a giveaway on December 20, 2009!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.95
free today
Enhance your videos in an all-round way within minutes.

Cover Commander creates professional, custom-designed virtual boxes, books, dvd-boxes, manuals, CD disks, and screenshots. Just a few mouse clicks is all that's necessary to get the job done. The program’s extensive light, shadow, and reflection controls will allow you to create an image of just about any complexity and see the final picture as it is being made in the real-time preview window.

What's new:

  • Added Monitor, TV models.
  • Critical error with file dialog fixed.
  • Few minor bugs fixed.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows Vista/7

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Publisher:

Insofta Development

Homepage:

http://www.insofta.com/cover-commander/

File Size:

5.39 MB

Price:

$69.00

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#63

To the Publisher: It would be fantastic to have a 'Notebook' template!

Like this: http://computer-reviews.net/files/HP-pavilion-dv9410us-notebook-pc.jpg

Thank you! Your software is awesome!

Reply   |   Comment by John Stevez  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#62

It may not be often, but when GOTD hits the ball, it is out of the park. THANK YOU Cover Commander and thank YOU, GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Lee Daniels  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#61

Installed over version 2.910 without any problems.

It created three extra chm. files that I don't need, French, German and Russian.

Reply   |   Comment by Kickapoodle  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#60

Installed with no problem, I ran set up first, then activate. Then closed program and re open and watermark will be gone and confirm like # 55 said by going to help and about. Looks like a great program, thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Ralph  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#59

Just installed on xp Pro 2
32 bit
Installed flawlessly.
Can't wait to try it out.

Thanks so much!!

Reply   |   Comment by jmhsrv  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Same problem as #6 and #36.
I cannot run the setup.exe

The setup file does not work. I get the following error message: “Windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have appropriate permissions to access the item”.

I am the admin of the PC...

Running Vista Home Premium, SP2, 32-bit
Tried to install on a Windows 7 Ultimate PC - same result...???

Any chance to have this soft running?

Reply   |   Comment by Cliff  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

#55 and #56
Thank you! Problem with resizing solved.

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#56

The program works very nicely in all aspects except for transparency backgrounds. A tracer image was left behind on all tests as the image rotated, very disappointing. Any colored background works fine in the multiple directions and lighting tried.

Cembook Notebook, win XP Pro sp3, 2 GB Ram, 3.2 GHz duel core Intel processor.

Reply   |   Comment by Ray  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#55

@ #43 Janet
Click "Save Image", there you can customise the size.

Thank GOTD and Insofta for the update of Cover Commander.
The monitor and TV models are the highlights of the programme for me.
graylox

Reply   |   Comment by graylox  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#54

To register this is what I did. (Running XP SP3)

1. Extract all files into an empty folder. (Running programs from inside a zip file does not always work as expected).
2. Run Activate.exe (no need to run as Administrator)
3. Run Setup.exe
4. Run Cover Commander
5. Get to the About Box (Help -> About...) The about box should say

"Registered to GiveAwayOfTheDay-12-09"

as shown in This Screenshot

If it says this - you are registered/activated (Ignore the messages about purchase etc in the help menu. These menu items etc appear for everybody).

To resize the preview image.

Mouse Skills:

Holding the -

Left Mouse Button & Move the mouse pointer over the preview = Rotate Image.
Right Mouse Button & Move the mouse pointer UP and DOWN = Resize

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#53

I believe INSOTFA needs to work on the registery problem. I am still waiting for some response from one someone on how to resolve the problem referred to by nr. 6 & 34.

I am running Win 7 / 32 version.

did manage to get another error which reads:

Cannot execute “C:\DOCUME~1\Mike\LOCALS~1\Temp\Rar$EX00.296\Setup.exe”

about ready to give up on this offer.

thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Donald Bowker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

Having the same issue as a few others - does not say it's registered and cannot size over 100x100. Yes, I followed the readme instructions. Ran setup, turned off option to launch the program, finished install and it exited. Ran activation, then opened program.

Reply   |   Comment by R  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

Really nice product! :) It's simple & easy to use, & does the job excellently, with quality. Very professional look to the final project. I make free kids e-books once in awhile, & I assume since they are free online that it's OK to use this with one. But I will contact the company & ask too, just to be sure. Thanks a ton! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#50

I am also getting the access error, i cannot install the software at all.
Vista home premium 32-b, logged in admin account.
(right-click and run as admin produces no change)
Today's game installed no trouble, and others have the same problem, so what is wrong?

Reply   |   Comment by Toris  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

I downloaded....followed directions...on my Vista 64-bit laptop it would not activate. I did not open until tried to activate. On my desktop after having trouble with the laptop activation, I followed the same steps without any problem. Why did it activate on one and not the other. It is very confusing. I would use it more on the laptop.

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Msg from BuBBy (Moderator): The 64-bit laptop might be the source of the problem. Is your desktop running 32bit windows?

Reply   |   Comment by Evelyn  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#48

I installed and activated Cover Commander on my XP Sp2 laptop with no problems....until I tried to start the program. The computer froze so I had to hit the emergency exit button. Second try after rebooting, same story so I uninstalled. I then tried installing it on a XP SP2 virtual machine and everything - including the GOTD activation - works fine. There's something on my main machine that really, really doesn't like CCommander and I have no idea what it is.

Reply   |   Comment by John Sullivan  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#47

According to some others, my program is registered if it says in the About file that it is registered to GiveawayOfTheDay. Mine does, so maybe I'm asking the wrong question. Has anyone else tried to size their book, screen or whatever it is you made, to any size larger than 100x100 pixels and had success? The help files say it can be resized up to 4000x4000. The program I installed does not do that, which in my case, is not a good thing.

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#46

The register part is very confusing and there is nothing in the readme that says it will still say you need to register or to look in about nor does it say anything about not installing before running the activation. I imagine many that download it will turn around and uninstall it. Seems someone could have made clear exact instructions for giveaway of the day users.

Next problem is the limited size. I see others have the same issue as it does not allow you to resize using those arrows. Choosing the other save, custom, seems to resize it the size you want but there is no preview. After saving to your puter and uploading some where, is the only way you can then see if it appears clear in the larger size you set.

Reply   |   Comment by valerie  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#45

will not work following error on four different com.! Cannot execute "C:\DOCUME~1\Mike\LOCALS~1\Temp\Rar$EX00.296\Setup.exe"

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#44

I TOTALLY needed this! Perfect for school projects!

~Joji~

Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#43

This is such a cute little program and so user freindly.
Perfect for what I need.
Thanks
jane

Reply   |   Comment by Jane  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#42

To BuBBy or anyone else who might know:
There is no registration code in the readme file. I followed the directions to run the activate.exe file as administrator, since I'm a Vista user. I did NOT run the program before I activated it. It's still a no-go for me. In the About file, it says it's registered to Giveaway of the Day 12-09. Where it says (under HELP) to register, it asks me to purchase the full version and there is a blank for the user name and a code, which I do not have. I cannot create an image larger than 100x100 pixels. I tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it. Same result. When I uninstalled it via control panel, it left behind a couple of files in the registry.

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Set up, do not run on install. Activate! Always read the text file before installing!

Clicking on Help and About clearly shows the program IS registered!

Some programs do not remove the purchase full version icon even when registered!

Reply   |   Comment by C L  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#40

Final update: I created a CD image, didn't seem to have any restrictions, saved the image -- they didn't watermark it or anything.

So, I think that despite all other indicators, my activation and registration was successful. I didn't say it, but I have Vista Home Premium 64.

To others, simply install the software but don't run it. Then run the Activate.exe file that comes in the ZIP. the worked for me.

Reply   |   Comment by JB  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#39

Update to me previous post (#23), I haven't done anything since then but I thought to click HELP | ABOUT, and there it says "Registered to GiveAwayOfTheDay-12-09. I haven't had a chance to use any of it yet, so I'll see. If I find out it's not fully functional, I'll let you know. Strange... under the Help menu it still gives me the option to "Register..." or "Purchase the Full Version..."

Reply   |   Comment by JB  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#38

What is the value of this program if it is for 'strictly personal use'?

Ebook covers etc. are meant to be created for products to be sold.

The GOTD terms say I can't do that. So, I can create an ebook cover and do exactly what with it?

Terms clarification needed here regarding the practicality of this offering.

Reply   |   Comment by Bluestar  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#37

Like some others I downloaded - tried to activate before installing - said it is registered but appeared not to be so. Uninstalled - reinstalled then registered - still given "Purchase full version" in welcome screen. Help/about says it is registered to "GiveAwayOfTheDay-12-09".
I am running XP sp2
Any ideas?

Reply   |   Comment by Bruce  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#36

same as number six comments: have tried downlading many times, different zip programs and open run as admin, nothing working. WIN 7

the setup file doesnt work “windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. you may not have appropriate permissions to access the item”

any ideals from INSOFTA.

don

Reply   |   Comment by Donald Bowker  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#35

Re 'registration'. If you've activated, close the program and then open again. The 'trial version' heading will have gone.

Reply   |   Comment by Bhaylett  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#34

This is really good stuff -- in fact I've paid for earlier versions of this software. If you need to make little 'virtual' representations of e-books, DVDs, etc. --> this will do it and the price ($0) is right.
Bongo

Reply   |   Comment by Bong Lighter  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#33

Hello I have OS vista I did not run Setup.exe and Activate.exe in the name of administrator on My PC. should I have? It Activate and ran ok. One last think whats the "software informer" and shoud I have install it??

thank you giveaway of the day and Insofta Development for this wonderful program.

Reply   |   Comment by Jhon  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#32

Hi,
Installed fine (win 7 64bit) and did not run as administrator. But, I do read the readme's first :).
I am hoping I can use this as icons for folder or pdf's I make for homeschooling and scrapbooking. This would allow my kids to just click on a familiar icon to access what they need, instead of me finding it for them. I just played with it a little right now and I like it. Will have to figure out how to accomplish what I want after Xmas, though, unless someone can tell me??? ((No, I don't really need for someone to, :) ))
Thanks, I like new software to try and master, and figure out a new use for it-for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Suzy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#31

For JB.Don't lose your time with nothing.Click on :New Project,choise from models,make settings and work.After Activate your program is Registered to GiveAway............Click on Help>About and you will see that is registered.

Reply   |   Comment by Do re mi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#30

Hi all!!

Great piece of software no way!!

It is very easy to use and has a great interface with excellent features, including full control over environment and setting as well as the live view rendering option, so you can see the results as you make them.

So THUMBS UP for me despite being very computer resource intensive (not suitable for old PC with low RAM and slow CPU) and, in my humble view, quite useless for most GAOTD home audience (how many GAOTD visitors may be interested in creating e-covers?? LOL!!)


BEST FREEWARE ALTERNATIVES:



- 3D-Pack.com


- 3D Box Shot Maker


- BoxMaker Classic


- Virtual Hardbox Designer


- Bobyte Boxmaker Classic 1.0


- FREE EBOOK COVERS FOR DOWNLOAD

http://www.sallys-ebooks.co.uk/free_ecovers/


Finally for those who don’t want to take up their HD space or mess up their registry there are also online services allowing users to create FREE eCovers using an eCover script through an eCover Wizard.

One of them can be found here:

http://www.nick-james.com/public/32.cfm

Unlike 3D-Pack.com, with this FREE ONLINE SERVICE it’s also possible to design and personalize unique professional EBOOK ECOVERS starting from scratch, because users can draw their own images on their PC, using graphics editing programs such as Adobe PhotoShop, and then create a professional eCover following the eCover Wizard steps mentioned above.

If you can't afford to buy Photoshop, be happy & don’t worry!!


You can replace it with other astounishing FREE or CHEAPER ARTWORK ALTERNATIVES such as:

- GIMP (see this nice and easy tutorial to get to know how to use it properly: http://www.gimp.org/tutorials/)

- GOOGLE SKETCHUP

- PD PRO DIGITAL PAINTER 3

- COREL PAINTER

- DAZ STUDIO

http://www.download.com/DAZ-Studio/3000-6677_4-10717523.html?cdlPid=10900816

DAZ STUDIO is a fabulous FREE 3D figure posing and animation tool enabling users to easily create stunning digital imagery and 3D images:perfect for eBook designers to design and create vivid cover images. Caution, it requires at least 1GB RAM to work smoothly even though 512 RAM can be enough if you are not too much demanding.


Enjoy!!

Cheers from Italy where is damn freezing cold!!

Reply   |   Comment by giovanni  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#29

For Mohammed.Simple.First open a new project,next choise what do you want:Book,etc(a lot of models).Next browse at your images with what do you want(create your image and scan whith a scanner or use a grafic editor),next make the rest of the settings and at finish,save like animation(format swf)or like a project.

Reply   |   Comment by Do re mi  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#28

Many thanks to GAOTD and Insofta for re-offering this prog. Though I am not a publisher of books, CDs, I use the prog for special effects on photos.
The animation is too fast,so no one can see what is on the cover, but if one changes the number of frames per second to 10 (under Save Animation dialog), then it revolves slow enough to see the picture.

2 thumbs up from me.

Question: Has the vendor considered adopting this software to produce a 360 degree pano for objects?

Reply   |   Comment by dr vajra  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#27

Where do I get the code to register the software? It's activated and runs (Vista 64 bit) but how do I register it? Maybe, if I can register it, the size of my resulting images won't be limited to 100x100 (not of much use to me). I think it is the trial version until it's registered, although, on my computer, it doesn't say trial version at the top of the screen and there is no company logo on the final creation. Thanks in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#26

Downloaded and registered just fine unnder vista home premium SP2, does everything it claims it does GIF 1 bit transparency needs to use a little inteligence in determining the transparen colour. It used Black which is no good if the untextured portions of the 3D object are coloured Black. It needs to do some colour calculations and dither the object to 255 colours and chose a unique unused colour for the transparency bit.

To make this a complete cover commander I'd like to see this print a textured flat box/cover that would then just need to be cut, folded and glued to make the real covered box.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#25

#10 to add text to a cover you have to add it to the covers texture before you apply it to your project using some graphics editing program like GIMP or even paint or paint.net

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#24

Nice job Insofta Development..

Installed easily and worked 'out of the box'.....
Just a couple of observations:

A few Undos would be nice, and it needs to have a File Overwrite warning.

   Thanks GoTD,
       Nickalf. . .

Reply   |   Comment by Nickalf  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#23

Activation question: I understand what is supposed to be done, and I did it. I installed the program, ran Activate.exe, and then started the program. I still get the option on the Welcome Screen to "Purchase the full version." That makes me think activation didn't work.

I have to admit, first I downloaded and installed it and allowed the installer to launch the program. Then I shut down the program and ran Activate.exe. GAOTD's website said it was activated, but I still saw the option above.

After doing that, I saw Lokesh's suggestion to not run the program before activating, so I uninstalled, downloaded again, and reinstalled. This time I didn't run the program before activating. I activated it, got GAOTD's confirmation that it was activated, and checked again. I still have the option on the Welcome Screen to purchase the full version.

Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by JB  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#22

In the help files it says "Set the result image size (up to 4000x4000) and margins in pixels. If I enter the size manually or if I use the sliders, it defaults to 100x100 which is very tiny on my screen. Is the free version limited or am I missing a step?

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#21

I downloaded this program the last time it was offered and it worked pretty well on the day of download., But, I went to open again a couple of weeks later and some files were missing. I had to use "Revo-uninstaller" to get rid of it.

Reply   |   Comment by Fast_Gun  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#20

For users who cannot work out how to register the software - there are instructions just below the download link you would've clicked on to get the software.

See Here for Instructions

Reply   |   Comment by BuBBy  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#19

Very cool Software.. you can design cool things. Thanks a Lot.. GOTD..

Guys.. Please do not run the program before activation it..

Remove the check mark for "Run the application after installation" in the setup program when it appears and after the application setup, run the Activation program.. Then only run the Application..

Check the About in Help menu. If it shows Giveawayoftheday, then its registered. No need for any reg keys or code.

Thanks a Lot GODT

Reply   |   Comment by Lokesh  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#18

This is and excellent piece of software. It downloaded and registered fine. I imported a picture using the monitor function. The large picture file was reduced and resampled. It looked great.

I then created a CD using a logo that I had just created yesterday. The results were the same. This is very user friendly and does an excellent job.

I can also find a lot of uses for this for web work and graphics, not just for covers and CD's. Thanks for a real keeper. I'll also check out more of the Insofta software because of how well this works.

Reply   |   Comment by Rich  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#17

An excellent program, but uses up way too much memory. On my XP machine, its using over 430 MB and thats using just the 'monitor' project with the sample wallpaper image from Windows.

Brilliant at what it does though.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris Locke  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#16

Works fine on Win7 64 bit. I downloaded the previous version on my old machine, and was very happy to see this come up again. This is a neat little program which does what it's supposed to do very well.

Reply   |   Comment by Drew  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#15

This time I'm foxed about the registration code. No sign of it. Any ideas?

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Joseph Harris  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-17)
#14

AWESOME! I was just looking for this product earlier in the week. I can't believe it is a GOATD giveaway right when I need it. :-) The price is a bit steep if you have to purchase it but the program does exactly what it says.

It installed on Vista Home Premium for me with no problems.

Use 'run as administrator' and uncheck the box that says 'run when installed' (or something similar, it's 4AM people, lol) so you can run the activation key before it opens otherwise it will say 'trial version' at the top.

If you forget to uncheck the box and run the activation key with it open, you just need to close the program and reopen it to see the 'trial version' statement is gone and you can save your work.

Thank you Insofta and GOATD! Merry Christmas everyone!

Reply   |   Comment by Krisann Robles  –  11 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
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