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Giveaway of the day — Cover Commander 3.0

Cover Commander creates professional, custom-designed virtual boxes, books, dvd-boxes, manuals, CD disks, and screenshots.
$69.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 629 (63%) 364 (37%) 110 comments

Cover Commander 3.0 was available as a giveaway on May 24, 2009!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$59.88
free today
Make Graphic Design Much Easier.

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.

New 3.0 version:

  • added saving animation in the SWF, GIF and AVI formats;
  • added command-line and batch processing mode;
  • optimized memory usage;
  • improved compatibility with Windows Vista;

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista; 7 MB of free disk space; No additional system components are required.

Publisher:

Insofta Development

Homepage:

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

File Size:

5.79 MB

Price:

$69.00

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#110

Very disappointed to find that i missed downloaded day for this. I am really looking for this kind of software, all the freeware outthere came with low quality of pictures. Can we have a rerun on this one, please... Thanks GOTD. U r the best!

Reply   |   Comment by Master B  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#109

@G : that's called false positive. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Sz  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#108

My first GAOTD download - installed easily, and on my first try I was able to develop an animated SWF to use on my personal web page. It's full featured and provides lots of innovative ways to be used to add a little attention grabbing graphics on your web page. Well done!

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#107

@#62,Lu Hulu: Yes, of course I've tried it with WindowsME and yes, the system requirements are wrong in that way - it does not work with WindowsME (error message says it requires a newer version of Windows)!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#106

Thank you very much for this product. I like it a lot, and what I particularly appreciate about it is that, unlike 3D Text Commander, it includes presets so I can get an idea about how the technique works. My only quibble - I created an animation, and saved an animation, but there is nothing that actually runs the animation once you've created it.

Reply   |   Comment by Linda  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#105

Once in while there is a real gold mine in GAOTD. This is it! The programe installed perfectly on XP. I created some graphic designs with powerpoint and saved them to "jpg". I uploaded those images and used the Cover Commander 3.0. Perfect. I would have bought it for $70 bucks - but it was free. I love this site. Thanks Insofta Development and GAOTD!
-Dean V

Reply   |   Comment by Dean Villegas  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#104

Intend to use this to create my own icons. Great program. Ignore the negative reviewers... They get something for nothing and still they complain. Thumbs Up! Very easy to use.

Reply   |   Comment by EatonBear  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#103

A really nifty program, thanks very much. One small request: when selecting the image, it would be great if the dialogue box had a 'preview' block - just something small, the way many other graphics packages have.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken Masters  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#102

Thumbs Up! Great program.

Reply   |   Comment by J  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#101

Installed it on top of my version 2.3, also from GOTD. Although I have no actual need for this software, I have fun using it to make various icons for various uses. Easy to understand, self-explanatory interface, without much need for Help. Thank you for such a fine software.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#100

This downloaded to Vista and ran without problems. Proboably obvious to everyone but me, this does not output templates you can fold into boxes - it is purely Virtual, for web pages.

Reply   |   Comment by Bruce Morgan  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#99

I am unable to Register Today's GiveAwayOfTheDay.--Cover Commander 3.0.

Please update User Name and Product / Serial Key.

Reply   |   Comment by JP1  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#98

Because of comments mentioning two different scans that said this software "inserting" code into windows, and the developer not answering and saying why....
Not going to risk a DL.
Thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by CB  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#97

Looks great with my paintings on the "box" option. However, in swf the size parameters for the box are not "taking" in firefox browser. Doesn't matter what size I make the box, it still shows up the same size on output - which is huge - no matter what size my source image. Also the File / Save Animation / Browse button has a glitch from time to time where it won't browse. Hope I can get it all to work. Very nice!

Reply   |   Comment by aussiegirl  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#96

#75 - The is no trial messages or watermarks on output. Did you properly enter in the registration information that is in the text file that is included in the .zip file?

For what it's worth regarding animation rendering speed:

The .swf output isn't too bad. It's a bit of a wait, but no more than is to be expected with animated 3D rendering.

For me the .avi output is another story. It take soooooo long.

A workaround for this is to save it out as a .swf, and then bring that .swf into a conversion program.

I saved as .swf and then brought that into Sothink SWF To Video Converer that I got here at GAOTD.

It's much faster this way if you need an .avi.

Also, I'm not getting any type of warning at all from Avast Antivirus.

Reply   |   Comment by Tina  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#95

I haven’t posted any reviews on any of the Giveaways here in awhile but after trying today’s giveaway, I thought I’d drop a few lines about this product.

Opening the program you get a very easy understandable interface. Four tabs to work from. First tab choosing a template, next tab for inserting your design photo, another tab for shadowing and the last tab for reflections. Moving the 3D template around in any position is handy to get the best views before saving a project. Nice to have.

First problem I had with this program is that when you go to browse and insert a photo or design, it will not allow me to see my choices in my photo folder in thumb nail view. All my photo files would just show up with windows default icons. After a few right clicks in the file box switching from all the other modes like detail or list, the thumbnail view just doesn’t work. I’m first thinking some where I might have done something in my computer settings somewhere, so I open a few other photo editors, converters and whatever other photo software I have. (And coming here every day I’ve seemed to have acquired many good ones too.) They all work fine in showing my photos in the file box in thumbnail mode.
If you don’t know the name of your photo file then already this is a handicap when pressed for time and more difficult in deciding which design or photo to first choose from making this very time consuming.
I had to work around this by having this program in a small window view and have my photo album folder open in thumbnail view side by side with this program so I could see what photo or design I wanted to try.

To top it off I never got to finish a project with this program it keeps freezing up before I get to save anything, and happens no matter what part of the project I’m at. It crashes when I load a photo, it crashed at times when moving the design around, crashed adding a photo and it even crashed when hitting cancel. It seemed to freeze when ever it felt like crashing. Had to use the task manager to shut it down each time.

In fairness I do have Insofta 3D Text Commander and that works great. I have no problem at all with it. Don’t know why today’s program shouldn’t work.

All drivers updated as well as directX, all netframes installed. The only updated I haven’t done on this computer is installing xp sp3.


Windows XP Pro Media Center Edition SP2
Duel Core Pentium D830 3 GHz
Onboard Intel 829945G chipset / Intel GMA Graphics 3D Accelerator 950
2 gig ram

Seemed like a good program to try out, but for the license prices they have for this software and if this program is geared towards the pro media base, then there’s no reason this 3 year old XP Pro MCE couldn’t run this.

As always thanks GAOTD and Insofta for trying this but too bad it didn’t work for me.
Of about 300 or so programs I’ve tried here only about 10 have ever given me any problems counting today’s.

Reply   |   Comment by Messenger  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#94

Downloaded, installed it and I did so because of an ebook I need a cover for to make it more marketable and visually appealing on my website, therefore it's very useful. A few of you people act like you're being forced at gunpoint to download and install GAOTD software. If you don't need it, don't waste your own time but please don't speak for all of us when you say it's worth nothing. I don't play video games but I bet I'd get jumped all over if I said a game was worthless, which obviously it would be to me. Thanks to the developer, nice software!

Reply   |   Comment by Destinie  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#93

after download says it is a trial only. will be trying it out anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by tammy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#92

This might be very useful to a friend of mine headed off to college. I'm rebuilding his system and giving him every possible edge I can. Thanks to all - developer, GOTD Team, and commenters.

Reply   |   Comment by GeekCSI  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#91

I finally got it to run, but I have to put it in Compatibility mode to Windows 2000, NT or Windows 95. Won't run in XP.

Reply   |   Comment by Bim  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#90

Interesting - I'm an artist and wondering if I could use this for my paintings. Will download and give it a whirl.

Reply   |   Comment by aussiegirl  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#89

The software downloaded and registered fine on Windows XP.

HOWEVER, when I tried to run it, I got the message "program terminated - tried to write to (and then a string of numbers)

This happened twice.

What gives? This has not happened to me before downloading many kinds of software

Reply   |   Comment by Carol  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#88

I couldn't get it to run. It finished and said it installed ... but it won't run.

Windows XP Home Edition

Reply   |   Comment by Bim  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

@75: You need to enter the registration values; look in the Readme that's included with the download.

Reply   |   Comment by Gforce20  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#86

The program installed, registered, and ran without a problem on my HP WinXP (SP3) computer as did the previous giveaway version v2.9. I do have two concerns:

1. In uninstalling v2.9 prior to installing the v3.0 update, I was given feedback from the programs own uninstaller that it could not remove 2 keys in the Registry nor the Data folder in the Program directory. I noted it didn't uninstall the individual Program folder, either. This doesn't make for a clean uninstall process.

2. I've commented before and here it is again: When we're being offered an upgrade to a previous giveaway, I'd really appreciate feedback on the giveaway page or the included text file whether we need to uninstall the earlier version first or that the updated program will install over it, beside it, or uninstall the prior version itself.

John38111

Reply   |   Comment by John38111  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#85

@2, @79: Code injection is caused by Armadillo copy-protection system which this software uses. Many softwares use this protection system (for example, most products from Eltima Software or Virtuoza which were offered here in the past). This system just protects the software from reverse-engineering and does not do any harm to your system.

Reply   |   Comment by DDS  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#84

Thumbs down for the same reason as #2 and #79

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#83

It does not have a print feature. I could not find a program that easily printed the resulting file. Nowhere in the help file does it mention printing. If I cannot print a label, then I cannot use this program, no matter how pretty it seems.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim R Feliciano  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

Weeeeehaaaaaa! An alreader great program is even BETTER with this new version!

First all...people this is NOT a CD cover designer. This is what is termed 'box shots'. You can see here some examples I made with the last version of this that was offered here what a little of what this is/does.

Okay...that out of the way....

The MAJOR thing with this new version is the ability to now export animations in .swf, .avi or animated .gif! It's awesome!

If any of you have the last version, don't pass the new release up! I almost did, and then I actually read what the updates are, so I grabbed it.

If anyone hasn't gotten this yet, and you think you need it, grab it now!

You do not need to un-install the older version first. I insalled this and put in the registration info and it updated my old version.

It installed, activated and runs fine.

Think you may not have a need for this? Be creative! I intend to use this to add some effects and interest to slide shows. And now with the animation....WOW!!!

My one little nitpick is that it doesn't support transparancy in .swf output. It also says no transparency in .avi, but I'm pretty sure that the only video format that does support transparency anyway is Quicktime .mov files.

THUMBS UP for this updayed Cover Commander! Thank you Insofta and GAOTD! You rock!

Reply   |   Comment by Tina  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#81

I have a CD-ROM of Genealogical Research Methodologies that I'm preparing for release (and sale) on the web. This looks like what I need for promotional images on my web site. Neat. THANKS GOTD.

Happy Dae·

Reply   |   Comment by Dae Powell  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

No idea what I will do with this, but, WOW, it is SO much fun to play with!!

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Susan  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#79

I have just installed it on Windows 7 and it seems to work OK. Will give it a workout now and see if I have any problems. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Raw  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#78

#78 Fubar,

Really enjoy your inputs here. I have always relied on your inputs than on others here, so keep it up.

With regards to the code injection problem faced by us, is it true that only when the software Cover Commander is running, then we see this behaviour? Can we find this process running when we view Task Manager? If we can find it there, can we kill it then?

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#77

@1 NguyenVinhDung,
The "code injection" (see comment 2) is also noted by Agnitum firewall. I feel an application has no valid reason to exhibit the malware behavior of altering the contents of other programs. (that behavior also makes it *not* compatible with Vista) I must therefore give today's offering a thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#76

Same as some other Insofta products, has some undocumented mouse features in the preview window: left-drag rotates horizontally and vertically, right-drag zooms, mousewheel zooms, shift-left-drag rotates horizontally, ctrl-left-drag changes perspective.

For those asking about process memory injection, hanging when browsing images, incorrect response when browsing images, super-slow when browsing images, etc., that's probably a problem with the tools used to develop the software. Like a lot of software, it requests direct disk access when it doesn't need it, which you can block. The process memory injection is actually a form of window hooking; on Vista, this is to the Desktop Window Manager API. While this is generally harmless, it isn't necessary, and is obviously causing some problems in some software environments. While it makes no difference whether or not I allow these behaviors in Cover Commander, Agnitum Outpost (I use the Security Suite, but the Firewall probably does the same thing) permits blocking these behaviors without blocking the program, so I block them just to be safe.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)
#75

This ain't good: If ya make a .gif, then click cancel, it
crashes big time.

Reply   |   Comment by hermon  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#74

Have to say as someone who is 'technically challenged' I worried I wouldn't be able to use this. But it is so simple. And I managed to create some great looking covers just by playing around.

Thanks for this. I've posted it on Twitter and just hope plenty more folks come grab it.

Reply   |   Comment by Susan Coils  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#73

An interesting little product, however even as a free product, with the trial message that appears over the rendered picture it's fairly useless. At least that should have been removed for this "free version", but perhaps some of the other features could have been removed instead until upgraded to the full version?

Reply   |   Comment by Blue Leader  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#72

@# 29- Nathan - Haha, I did not know you cannot call people with American names by their last names

Reply   |   Comment by anu  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-15)
#71

Thanks, NguyenVinhDung, for participating here today. The program is good. I would love to be able to turn off the confirmation when loading a preset, though -- it gets very annoying when going through all of them to see what's available.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#70

Super great program, I am using it for ebook renditions, making a photo of a book with the cover jpg I Inserted complete with reflection. SUPERB
thanks a MILLION

Reply   |   Comment by mACK  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#69

To #53. Why did you make such a post? It has nothing to do with the product offering today.

(I would have emailed but there isn't a way to email authors of posts)

This product installs without hassles (XP Home), works as expected. Pretty straight forward product. It will appeal to a niche market, unfortunately I'm not in that niche.

TY GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Rob  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#68

Other than the suggestion of a false positive at #25, there doesnt seem to be any update to the question posed by G at #2. Has anyone else had this problem?
It appears that the developer is monitoring these comments, so can he give a response

Reply   |   Comment by Yoni  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#67

So...can you print these or is it just for web publishing? I'm look for a good program to make covers for CDs & DVDs, will this do it or not?

Reply   |   Comment by lalaplz  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#66

I installed the program while running a process/memory inspector, and sure enough, the software did attempt to modify code belonging to window's components. It may be that GOTD's version is infected. I doubt that the author would have put this in on purpose.
VIPRE was able to prevent it from infecting anything, and cleared up the install so it's fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Sam  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#65

nice... this is exactly what ive been looking for :)

cheers GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#64

A very good program for rendering covers.
It also allows you to create movie files of the animation. or gif images.
This program is not multi-threaded. That's the only con. Rendering would be faster if it is.
Interface is very easy to understand. I was able to get my first animation in a few minutes.

Rating 8.5/10

Reply   |   Comment by James  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

That's a really a cool give away. Downloading now!

Reply   |   Comment by Windows Boy  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-13)
#62

#49 Mike,

It is stated cleaerly that Version 3 also supports Window ME.
Are you saying that the info is wrong?

I installed. AntiLogger says it is trying to inject code into another program. Exactly what that means, I don't know.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#61

Thanks for the great program.....

Regards

Greg

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
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