Software Box Covers (July 2007)
Software Box Covers are typically associated with off-the-shelf software
products. However, many shareware authors find that users react more favorably
to software packages which include an image of a boxed version of the product,
even though the product is not available as a boxed product.
Creation of a box cover is simply a marketing tool to help the author attract
the favorable attention of potential buyers.
Other types of image editing software, such as Paint Shop Pro or Adobe, can be used
to create software box covers. See these tutorials for examples:
There are also service companies that you can use to create
the software box covers, such as these:
This review is in work. Until the review is complete, I suggest the following
application for your box cover editing needs:
- 3D Box Shot Maker
An easy to use box maker. Creates two-sided images with size, shadow and reflection
Box Cover Features
These are the minimum features that I expect from a box cover editor.
Each of the candidate programs will be ranked against how well they implement
the following features. As the review continues, the list of features may change.
- Use of user-supplied images
- Point of view (rotation)
- Size/aspect control
- Number of sides
- Multiple boxes in same image
- Format support (BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG)
These are the programs included in this review.
User Feedback & Suggestions
I welcome any suggestions on other box cover programs that should be considered, or suggestions on how better to review the selected programs.