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Giveaway of the day — Cover Commander

Cover Commander creates professional, custom-designed virtual boxes, books, dvd-boxes, manuals, CD disks, and screenshots.
$69 EXPIRED
User rating: 629 (62%) 384 (38%) 116 comments

Cover Commander was available as a giveaway on February 9, 2009!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$15.99
free today
Explore the easy way to turn your photos into stunning slideshows!

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.
The intelligent project creation wizard will do the “dirty work” for you, thus you can concentrate on the content part of your project.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista; approximately 7 MB of free disk space

Publisher:

Insofta Development

Homepage:

http://www.insofta.com/covercommander/

File Size:

5.09 MB

Price:

$69

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#116

I installed Cover Commander on my computer when it was the giveawayoftheday, it installed fine (Windows Vista Premium)but found that I had no use for it, so I tried to uninstall it, first, from the uninstall that came in the folder when I installed it and that didn't work. So, I then tried to uninstall it from Control Panel, Install/Uninstall and it does nothing, it didn't work, I've tried it several times in the last 2 days. I have no idea how to uninstall it, could someone please help me. I know it's not a big deal to have it on my computer, but I don't want it and I wanna be able to uninstall it and I should be able to uninstall it.
If the company has done this on purpose, because I know some of them do, then that's pretty bad, and if that were the case, even if I did want it and liked it, I definetly wouldn't recommend it to anyone. That's a pretty sneaky way of making people keep it.

Can someone please help me get rid of it, and I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem, or could it be my computer(I doubt it)it's a fairly new computer, but you never know.

Thank you, all in all I like mostly everything that I've gotton from giveawayoftheday. Thanks again.

Reply   |   Comment by Evelyn  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#115

awesome product for what we do. Often need to have our boxes in 3 w-Done! ithout having to do this in PHotoshop and spend the time.
-Thanks, JJ :-)

Reply   |   Comment by JJ  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#114

This is a cool idea, but it freezes every time I use more than 2 pics. You can only add two things, and when you try to add a third pic, it freezes up. Good concept, but the program doesn't work. I have Vista Home Premium, and its still crap.

Reply   |   Comment by MRGamer01  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#113

hey in the installation instructions it says non commercial use only...so what freakin good is it?

I wanted it to make commercial covers for my ebooks, now I have to uninstall it.

That condition makes it absolutely useless to me!!!

Reply   |   Comment by levada  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#112

did not install in time per Gotd activation, but dl'd trial copy and registered it using Gotd code, fyi

Reply   |   Comment by windowsexplorer  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#111

Oh boy! Was searching for a way to produce ebook covers on the internet and stumbled across this offer by accident on exactly the right day!

The piece of software is just what I was looking for and works perfectly.

Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Robin Hills  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#110

See comments #35 and #38 by Sue in the eCover Engineer comments for other alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#109

I installed it and it registered, but it's still got the trial version watermark. Uninstalled after many failed attempts to re-register.

It's not worth $69 anyway.

Reply   |   Comment by Denor  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#108

Great software with easy to use UI.Doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn how to use it and it's free.It can be put to use in many ways and not just commercially if you have a good enough imagination.

Reply   |   Comment by sash_x  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#107

Wonderful program and it installed and registered without any problems on vista. Thanks I needed this.

Reply   |   Comment by Gilda  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#106

Installed & registered with no problems. Pity it's just a castrated version, the full version might be useful.

Reply   |   Comment by Fred  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#105

Downloaded, Ran Setup as Administrator. Program ran by itself following installation and reported:

"Virtual 3d Cover Commander stopped working."

Windows Vista 64-bit
8GB Ram

Never did get to where to register it.

If anybody else resolved this problem, please let me know.

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by man  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#104

Installed and registered no problem (XP SP3). Great little program and very pleased to get it for free. Two thumbs up.

Reply   |   Comment by Neil  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#103

Installs with no problems.

BUT Its is totally useless. You cannot change the text and there is asolutly no help in the "HELP" file.

What a waste of bandwidth and 1/2 hour

DON'T BOTHER DOWNLOADING!

Reply   |   Comment by GENE  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#102

Keeper! Great program! Definitely easier to use than to try to make something that looks like a real book cover in PSP7 or Photoshop! I can do the images & text with PSP & then EASILY put them on a book cover with this, & I don't need to use it for commercial marketing, as I don't sell my kids books, I only give them to friends & family anyway. This will be a nice little touch to make them more "finished" & pro looking. If I did have a commercial need for it, I'd say it's worth the price so as not to have to attempt to create a realistic looking cover for something & take all that time on an eitor, & have it look bad. I know I can't make a cover look this real. It's hard.

Thanks much GOTD & Insofta!

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#101

Brilliant! Thank You GAOTD,
I've wanted something like this for ages. No messy Photoshop action scripts or dodgy skewing of images. This is a full blown application that does it all so easily.

10 out of 10

I'm holding on to this one thanX again.

Reply   |   Comment by Thor  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#100

Super easy to use - unbeatable price.

Reply   |   Comment by Dean  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#99

Installed and successfully activated
but the name and key combination
does not work when I tried to
register.
Thumbs down!

Reply   |   Comment by Ronaldo Galang  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#98

Installs fine on XP Pro SP3. Works good, as described - if you need to make these images for your web site (or maybe for a document), this seems to do a good job, quickly. Keeper - Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by MartinZ  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#97

Sysinfo: Vista Home Premium; 32 Bit; 3GB Ram 1.83GHz Intel.
Overall: Poor.
Installed easily.
Froze on chosing *.png to use for box.
Does not uninstall fully w/o manual link removal from Registry.
Do NOT recommend.

Reply   |   Comment by sam irving  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#96

very nice product, installed without difficulty on Vista Home Premium,
REMEMBER TO "RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR" easy to understand user interface and high quality graphic outputs

Reply   |   Comment by Garland  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#95

GAOTD #1 FAN, try downloading the demo from infosofts website and using the activation code ith that. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Reply   |   Comment by Daisy Chain  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#94

I wasn't sure about this at first as I thought what's the use of having an application that made boxes for software. I thought they disappeared a decade ago; but then I discovered it was a lot more than just box art because it included book covers, DVD boxes and CD cases plus more, so I'm converted.

The great thing is that the registration code we get also works with the official demo version downloadable from the home site ;)

Once the demo has been registered it becomes the full version. Also you'll find an excellent tutorial from the same site:

http://www.insofta.com/covercommander/help/

10 out of 10 from me and a big thumbs up

Reply   |   Comment by Daisy Chain  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#93

WOW- i am so glad to check here today and get this for free!!!

Thanx so much... Its not for everybodys usage- but I have been putting off adding tons of pictures into a database... so perfect timing!

This has a 3D engine packed into it which allows for applying different sides as JPG or GIF and Such. It has tons off features as realtime [lighting placements, reflection opacity, and tons tons more].

This Program would make any designers life easier if they can implement it into their work.

Reply   |   Comment by elfman  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#92

Can someone tell me where to write in the registration key because i have been trying to find the place where to go and register it but i cant find the place

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Lilije  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#91

Dear 79,
I have just done the installation on a VISTA BUSINESS version, it's working perfect. Start the program, in the help button; select 'register' with the details mentioned in the readme.txt.

Reply   |   Comment by Johan  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#90

It's only resource intensive during render, but less so that a lot of other 3D rendering engines.

I had Photoshop CS3 open during a render and got an out of memory warning and the program stopped responding.

This on a P4/3GHZ/1GB RAM that runs bare bones with only absolutely necessary services and startup programs running in the background.

But like I said..not unusual for anything that renders in 3D on the average PC.

Reply   |   Comment by Tina  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#89

This is a definate thumbs up for FREE. A snap to install on Vista Premium 64-bit.
If you have ever worked with any illustration software, i.e. Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Serif Draw Plus etc., you know that getting the right look that creates the illusion of something real can be a bit of a challenge. Especially if you are particular about the details like straight edges, accurate reflections, angle of light & camera, and adding the details of text and images.
This program is a piece of 3D cake to use. You can add images and text that you create in other programs. This is a good thing because some programs are perfect at creating great dynamic text, others are great at manipulating photographic images, and others are great at from scratch illustrations.
It is easy to change the look instantly with the preview pane always showing the changes as you make them.
A simple, good program that is easy and fun to use. It is a great way to learn about 3D illustration techniques without the HUGH learning curve...in fact, it took me maybe 5 minutes to come up with an acceptable CD cover with reflection, customs colors, and saved as jpeg. Who cares if it is not for commercial use...if someone is actually making their living doing illustrations, they will already have the arsenal of professional programs they need.
For those of us who won't be hiring professional artists, it is fun to be able to create classy images ourselves.
Cover Commander is a keeper in my book...
Thanks GOTD team for this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Suz  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#88

Thank you GAOTD! A sweet little program and if you are into this sort of thing it would be well worth the money at it's normal price let alone $0.

I could make great use of this, but there is the small concern of the GAOTD terms of not using it for commercial use (sorry to repeat this)

Slight hitch installing. It said the file was corrupt, but a second go at it and it worked fine.

* VERY easy to use. Who needs the help file!
* Love being able to do all the rotations with the mouse
* Will save hours over doing this in an editor
* $0 - Fantasic, $69 well worth it. One box could save that amount in terms of time
* Fast (see PC spec below though)

A definite keeper.

PC Spec: 3GHz, dual core P4, 3GB Ram, XP Home SP3

Reply   |   Comment by PuterMan  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

Cover Commander 2.9 shitty giveaway need some useful utilities for windows more less

Reply   |   Comment by The Specialist  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#86

Hi,

Got the software installed and registered with no problem. Frankly, I much prefer Ecover Engineer to this one. Primarily because Ecover Engineer allows you to open the front, top, back, and side of the template in a graphics editor so you know from the outset that your image is going to work. With this program, it's hit or miss--a lot more work to get it right.

Can't really see any reason to keep it, since it's non commercial use restriction automatically renders it worthless to those of us who are in need of this type of program anyway.

Just my humble opinion.

Reply   |   Comment by KathyB  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

Great piece of work for the price!! Works fine on Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit)

If I was paying for it, I'd scream and holler until they fix it where it would warn you if you were saving a project or image overtop of an existing one. I've already retraced my work a couple times because I hit the SAVE button and it didn't warn me it was saving overtop of an already existing image.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#84

THis is a good app, if someone has use for something like this...

Reply   |   Comment by hernon  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#83

Why does this tell me this is a trial version? How do I register it? SOS! TIA, joanne

Reply   |   Comment by Joanne  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#82

I believe the whole personal (or non-commercial) use issue is resolved by what's stated in the terms that you have to agree with during installation, i.e.:
"The registered user is granted a non-exclusive license to use Insofta Cover Commander on one computer at a time, for any legal purpose. The registered Insofta Cover Commander software may not be rented or leased."
Conclusion:
* Any legal purpose - yes
* Rent it or lease it - no

Reply   |   Comment by Claudia  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#81

My third comment! :)

If you look beyond the surface of this nifty little app you may find other uses for it other than the obvious!

No need for boxshots, screenshots etc?

How about slideshows? Do you do them with your photos?

One of the first things I thought about for using this would be in my slideshow program ProShow Gold.

The screenshot option especially will allow me to use some new and different visual effects. If you have a portrait orientated image if you choose 'Fit Sizes To Side Image' your image will not be distorted.

And the boxshots...create a series of images showing the front, back and sides and make it spin for a 3D effect in sideshow software.

Granted these things can be done in Photoshop, but the main thing is that this app will save time and work!

Reply   |   Comment by Tina  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#80

Same as #52 and #80, but on XPSP2. Using giveawayoftheday as the name, and the code in the readme.txt. Computer has full access to the Internet with no firewall. :/

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#79

#70: Totally agree with you. There are a LOT of freeware developers like you and I who will be able to benefit from this program: if not right now, then in the future.

To those who can't understand how this program could ever be used in a truly non-commercial context, I hope that answers you? We don't ALL write stuff to sell it, you know!

To everyone else who thinks that 'my design work,' 'my e-books,' etc. are non-commercial uses (!), my answer is: ONLY if you are making FREEWARE or FREE e-books! Doing free design work for anything which WILL be sold for money at some point IS a commercial use!

Reply   |   Comment by Cad Delworth  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#78

Installed on Vista Home Premium no problem and runs sweet. This is a super little program. I was very pleasantly surprised at the effects and ease of use. This is definitely a keeper and the price can't be beat either (FREE)
Brian

Reply   |   Comment by Tradermac  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#77

What`s the point of this useless software, if you save them as icon files it would be great, 1/10

Reply   |   Comment by graham barnaby  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#76

Oh yes, this is a keeper.

Much appreciated GOTD!

May not be for everyone, but then what
software actually is?

For those of us who create digital products,
this is a sweet deal!

Reply   |   Comment by DocMello  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

Does it come in that nice box?

Reply   |   Comment by Jared  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#74

Installed on Vista with no problems. (Pay attention to the name and registration key when you first install it to get out of "trial version.")

Just want to address a few comments I see over and over...

"I don't need this!" - Then don't download it. I see a lot of programs on GAOTD that I don't need. That doesn't mean the software is a waste. Not everyone has use for what's being offered. So just skip it and come back tomorrow.

"Its too expensive!" - How is FREE too expensive? As far as the $69 regular price, most stand-alone ecover creators are anywhere from $60-90. The cheaper ones, around $30-40, are usually Photoshop scripts that require you to have Photoshop which is a $600 program.

"Requires another program" - Yeah, so? A lot of programs require you to have something else first. You need a graphics program. Doesn't mean you have to buy one. Use what came with your computer. Download GIMP.net for free. How can you expect to create something that uses images without having a graphics program?

"Resource intensive" - Definitely. It took up a lot of my resources, had to shut down some other programs while I used it.

"Personal use only" - Biggest drawback. I don't have much use for it that's non-commercial but its nice to have a full version I can try out and evaluate before I spend money on it for professional use.

Compared to Ecover Engineer which I also got from GAOTD, it does have nicer looking templates. The spiral notebook is more attractive, the CD and DVD covers have more options, and it has some templates the Ecover Engineer does not, like a membership card, manual, screenshots, etc.

I've tried the free ecover graphics generators out there and while they'll get the job done, they don't do as good of a job or produce as nice of a result as Ecover Engineer and Cover Commander do.

Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by April  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#73

I make covers all the time for my ebooks, so I am always looking for a "new look". This program is easy to use, thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by levada  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#72

Nice product, excellent interface, comprehensive help file with carefully thought out 'wizard' for step by step assistance.

Pity about CD / DVD covers.

As to those querying the commercial useage clause, aw c'mon.

eBay is full of scam artists who steal Open Source freeware and then flog it to stupid buyers by pretending it is a commercial product. They can't provide a box so they use an "illustration of the box" in their listings then mail out a CD or DVD in a used envelope.

eBay is going to be pretty full of new 3D box designs and other snazzy artwork in scammers' listings soon.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#71

Installed fine (vista home prem.)...
I don't get it. It made a pretty picture -- a CD cover -- but what do I do with the result?
The program does not have a print function, so I can't print a CD cover.
Am I supposed to just display the pretty picture?
Why?
If I can't print a CD cover to match the pretty picture, then the pretty picture is just a fabrication.
Could someone give me a hint as to what this program is good for?

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)
#70

Anyone knows how to get graphics onto the CD cover? I tried to browse a file and add onto the CD cover but it does not work that way. So, I guess you have to have CD graphics designed first. But how?

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#69

I read the directions, followed them, copied and pasted "giveawayoftheday" and the serial number provided (this info is given in TWO places, no less), and the registration was quick and completely trouble-free. If you're having trouble, it's either a failure to follow the provided directions, or COMM problems with your internet / firewall.

As someone who develops freeware scenery for the MS Flight Simulator community, I definitely have a non-commercial use for this excellent little product: it will make my presentations look much more professional than otherwise possible. If I ever become a commercial scenery producer (unlikely), I would not hesitate to purchase this easy-to-use gem.

Reply   |   Comment by BeachComer  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#68

Whoever finds it is a joke, you can ignore today's giveaway and move on for a better one tomorrow. This is a keeper for me. It complements my suite of software for designing.

Reply   |   Comment by Lu Hulu  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#67

Installed fine (vista home premium)...
I guess I don't get it. It made a pretty picture. Now what?
I can't print it (a CD cover). What am I supposed to do with the
resulting image? Maybe put it on a website? But if I can't actually
print a CD cover that matches the pretty picture, then the pretty
picture is just a fabrication. Could someone give me a hint as to
what this program is good for?

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
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