TOKYO (MacHouse) – I used to use Maxon‘s Cinema 4D just in order to turn application screenshots into nice pictures so that I could post them at Mac App Store. Cinema 4D is a great application. It’s quite expensive and difficult to learn how to use, though. I don’t think I even know how to use it any more. Well, I have a better idea. How about developing a new application like it? Maybe not… It could take me years to develop something like it. Yet, I’ve managed to submit a new desktop application similar to Cinema 4D at the slightest level to Mac App Store a few hours ago. This new release is called Showcase 123D.
Showcase 123D lets you easily turn a simple picture into a box with the image at front. Drag and drop one or more pictures directly onto the scene canvas. Give a picture in the list a depth. Then rotate the picture box about the X-axis, Y-axis, Z-axis. A 3D application can be any easier than Showcase 123D. Use the light source effectively to shed a light on picture objects. Use or not use the floor to show reflections of picture objects. These features are all made possible by the SceneKit framework.
- Drag and drop multiple images directly onto the scene canvas.
- There is no limitation as to how many pictures you can add to the canvas except that each of them must be at least 64 px x 64 px in dimensions.
- Change the colors of the back of the picture and the rest.
- Adjust chamfer (joints between sides) roundness.
- Save the entire scene as a picture with a graphic format of your choice (BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PNG, TIFF).
- Use the On check to hide the corresponding picture box.
- Use the light source effectively to give picture boxes a dramatic light effect.
- Lay a floor to show reflections of picture boxes.
- Save current progress as a document file for this application. Double-click on a document file to recover progress.
- The application supports the hit test, which means that the user can select a picture box with their mouse pointer and move it freely around the X-axis and Y-axis.
- The application supports the fullScreen mode.
- The application supports the retina screen. (tested with 2014 2.6 GHz 13″ MacBook Pro)
- Languages: English only.
- Application file size: 14.9 MB.
- 10.9 (not tested), 10.10 (tested with 10.10.5), 10.11 (tested with 10.11.1)
- 64-bit system
- The size of the scene canvas directly depends on the size of user’s computer screen, and the application does not put the scene canvas in a scroll view.
- A picture that the user imports to the scene must have at least 64 px x 64 px in dimensions.
Version 1.0.4 (February 21, 2016)
- Fix: When the user opened a document file for this application, it did not restore the on/off checkbox button state correctly in the list under the lower pane.
- If the on/off checkbox is turned off, the application disables the change colors tab for the corresponding picture.
- After the user chose to change box colors, some menu commands became disabled.
- Fix: The minimum image size that the user could import was set to 128 px x 128 px.
Click here to download a trial version. This trial version will remain fully functional for 7 days, starting from the very moment you first launch it.
There is no video tutorial at this time.
Showcase 123D is a product of Tom Bluewater.
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