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The idea is simple. Instead of asking customers to imagine an awning, you show it to them. That's the promise of Awning Composer—revolutionary software that lets you digitally present an awning on a photo of a home or building. It's the innovative selling tool that gives fabricators the confidence to convert possibilities into realities, and prospects into loyal customers.

Recommended Software

Recommended Software

To get the most out of Awning Composer, it helps to use some additional software for various specialized purposes.  We've compiled the following list of software recommendations based on our experience and customer feedback.  You'll find both commercial and free options listed.  Please choose the software that best suits your needs.  In general, commercial software costs money but offers more functionality, technical support and training options, and has a company standing behind the product.  Free software generally relies on self-guided support and volunteers, but is capable enough to handle many common needs.  As a service to our customers we will provide direct download links for free software whenever possible.

DISCLAIMER: All third party software mentioned on this page (software other than Awning Composer) has been created by other organizations.  We cannot provide technical support for third party software or make any guarantees about it.  By using third party software, you must accept full responsibility for your use of the software.

 


Image editing software

Useful for converting bitmapped graphics (stored in file formats such as JPG, BMP, TIFF, and others) to transparent PNG format to use in Awning Composer with the Apply Graphic feature.  Also useful for making the background transparent in logos/graphics/backdrop images, obstruction removal, file format conversion, and general photo editing.  Refer to the Awning Composer documentation section "Making Sections of Graphics Transparent" for related instructions.

Commercial software:

Free software:

For more information:

 


Vector graphics software

Useful for converting vector graphics (stored in file formats such as AI, SVG, PDF, PS, EPS, and others) to transparent PNG format to use in Awning Composer with the Apply Graphic feature.  Refer to the advanced FAQ for instructions related to this task.

Commercial software:

Free software:

For more information:

 


PDF creation software

Useful for creating PDF files using Awning Composer's Print feature.  Refer to the Awning Composer documentation and beginner FAQ for instructions related to this task.  Can also be used to create PDFs from any other software capable of printing.

Commercial software:

Free software:

For more information:

Example Layouts

Example Layouts

Awning Composer includes custom page layout support for printing and saving as PDF.  The following fictional examples were created in Awning Composer by arranging renderings, text boxes, and imported images on the page.  You can click on any of the images below to view the original as a PDF file.  Click here to find out more about the page layout feature.

 

Engineering style with side info panel.

 

Engineering style with bottom info panel.

 

Rendering with disclaimer text and watermark.

 

Simple concept rendering.

Eclipse Update

Awning Composer 5 for Eclipse

The latest version of Awning Composer 5 for Eclipse was released on 6/29/2016. Click the download button below to update.


Development Log

Version 5.6.6024.14547 - 6/29/2016

Program changes:

  • Fixed error after renaming an object part to have an empty name
  • Fixed rare crash when renaming objects in object parts list
  • Fixed rare crash when regenerating object valance
  • Fixed several formatting problems when printing pages beyond the first page
  • Added ability to print only the current page, or a specified range of pages (e.g. 1-3)
  • Added cut/copy/paste/delete support for cells/rows of table objects in page layout
  • Added commands for inserting rows above/below rows in table objects
  • Fixed handling of keypresses while table objects are selected (delete key, etc)
  • Added ability to drag table and textbox objects by dragging toolbar above object
  • Added button to toolbar for table and textbox objects to apply selected data source to all objects
  • Fixed unprintable characters interfering with text substitution in page layout
  • Fixed crash when default printer is not available
  • Fixed rare crashes when clicking on table objects


Version 5.6.5933.15369 - 3/30/2016

Program changes:

  • Printing: Added sample quote templates (available from Open Layout button)
  • Printing: Added ability to insert dynamic text into text boxes
  • Printing: Added rich text boxes which can have multiple font sizes/styles/colors/etc in one text box
  • Printing: Added table objects
  • Printing: Added ability to add multiple 3D view objects to the page, and convert them to static images via right-click
  • Printing: Added support for multiple pages
  • Added "Visible" option to right-click context menus for scene objects
  • Added options to attach current scene file and log file when sending feedback
  • Changed search provider for Sky tab location lookup - searching by street address is no longer possible.  You can still search by city, state, zip code, and/or country.
  • Changed "Add Text" to give focus to the text box so the user can start typing the text immediately
  • Switched to improved color picker user interface
  • Fixed default dimension when setting backdrop scale to not have an extra fractional value
  • Fixed orthographic views to not be available when using an angled backdrop
  • Fixed backdrop to respect visibility setting when backdrop type is set to "3D angled"
  • Fixed customized object name in saved custom object not being displayed correctly when adding that object to the scene
  • Fixed problem displaying values below -12" when units are set to inches
  • Fixed inability to use a font with an ampersand in its name
  • Fixed crash when duplicating object after undoing and redoing certain actions
  • Fixed crash when saving rendered image when unable to write to user documents folder
  • Improved ability to automatic recover from corrupted data files in the user profile folder


Version 5.5.5577.19607 - 4/9/2015

Program changes:

  • Fixed deletion of text/graphic object on single-part object to not delete the whole object
  • Improved handling of when 3D graphics hardware becomes unavailable after initial registration
  • Fixed crash when initiating a print operation while print preview image is being rendered
  • Fixed crash when 3D graphics device becomes unavailable while render preview image is being rendered
  • Fixed crash when resizing object with panels that extend beyond the visible surface

 


Version 5.5.5452.14682 - 12/5/2014

Program changes:

  • Added ability to display and input inches measurements using fractions (configurable under File, Options, Units)
  • Added "Add multiple objects" command to Add Object menu (keeps list open after adding objects, like pin)
  • Added automatic switching from orthographic to perspective view when rotating the camera
  • Reorganized Options page on File tab into separate pages for different categories
  • Improved reliability and speed of loading scene files containing many annotations
  • Improved reliability of dragging an object from the object list to the 3D view
  • Fixed crash when creating custom annotations spanning pre-modeled and dynamic objects
  • Fixed crash when creating custom annotation and clicking the same exact point for both start and end
  • Fixed incorrect output when default page layout uses landscape orientation
  • Fixed custom fabric panels incorrectly affecting valance color
  • Fixed shadows enabled setting not being saved properly in scene files in some cases
  • Fixed parent object to get deleted when last part is deleted and last part was text/graphic/valance
  • Fixed backdrop turning black after changing backdrop type and performing many other actions
  • Fixed transparent background to not be changed to solid color when applying camera preset
  • Fixed inability to print when no printer is set as the default printer
  • Fixed error when trying to register when user folder has incorrect permissions
  • Fixed crash after a printer has been uninstalled while the program is running and then accessed
  • Fixed crash when fonts are installed that the operating system can't render (e.g. Populaire)
  • Fixed rare crashes involving object parts tree
  • Added uninstaller option to remove program settings and registration data

Objects:

  • Added 4 new human models in the People tab

Fabric changes:

  • Changed collection name from Sunbrella Awning and Marine to Sunbrella Shade and Marine
  • Added Sunbrella Shade Solids 46" Collection
  • Added Sunbrella Shade Solids 60" Collection
  • Added Sunbrella Shade Solids 80" Collection
  • Added Sunbrella Shade Stripes Collection
  • Added Sunbrella Decorative Shade Fabrics Collection

Sunbrella

  • Added [4663] Hyacinth
  • Added [4664] Sea
  • Added [4700] Mix Redwood
  • Added [4701] Mix Emerald
  • Added [4896] Silica Sage
  • Added [4897] Silica Charcoal
  • Added [4762] Era Cornsilk
  • Added [4763] Era Indigo
  • Added [4764] Era Mist
  • Added [4766] Era Ash
  • Added [4767] Preston Radiance
  • Added [4768] Preston Stone
  • Added [4770] Providence Americana
  • Added [4829] Balance Tidepool
  • Added [4830] Balance Ember
  • Added [4934] Intrigue Neon
  • Added [4400-0000] Fundamental Charcoal
  • Added [4400-0001] Fundamental Sand
  • Added [4400-0002] Fundamental Walnut
  • Added [4401-0000] Alloy Vapor
  • Added [4401-0001] Alloy Silver
  • Added [4401-0002] Alloy Bronze
  • Added [4401-0003] Alloy Steele
  • Removed [4694] Tresco Indigo
  • Removed [4765] Ombre Dark Brown/Salmon/Beige
  • Removed [4774] Ginza Onyx
  • Removed [4778] Essex Curry
  • Removed [4866] Shafford Ginger
  • Removed [4869] Parade Oak
  • Removed [4870] Parade Olive
  • Removed [4872] Parade Seagull
  • Removed [4874] Freemont Mariner
  • Removed [4877] Rhumba Cactus
  • Removed [4886] Vaughn Glow
  • Removed [4887] Westport Grain
  • Removed [4890] Incline Parchment
  • Removed [4892] Manhatten Forest
  • Removed [4893] Manhattan Cobalt
  • Removed [4911] Moss Classic
  • Removed [4967] Spice/Brass Vintage
  • Removed [4972] Lankford Willow
  • Removed [4974] Hartwell Lagoon
  • Removed [4775] Ginza Java
  • Removed [4865] Shafford Classic

 


Version 5.4.5261.32206 - 5/28/2014

Program changes:

  • Improved backdrop presets in Backdrop tab
  • Added ability to set default background for a new scene (via button in Backdrop tab)
  • Added ability to do unconstrained resizing of images in page layout by holding shift key
  • Added close up command ('C' key) for quickly zooming in and out between two zoom levels
  • Fixed dimensions not appearing properly after duplicating an object
  • Fixed problems when adding dimensions to 3D Backdrop and Ground objects
  • Fixed undo/redo after applying different valance style to existing valance
  • Fixed valance not regenerating properly after resetting an object
  • Fixed incorrect appearance of valance added to object loaded from Custom tab
  • Fixed crash when setting backdrop type to "None" after loading a scene
  • Fixed crash after System Restore has left program files in an inconsistent state
  • Fixed crash when unable to access various program data files
  • Fixed crash when attempting to access printer properties with no printer selected
  • Fixed crash after restoration of 3D device after having had a dynamic object error

Installer:

  • Added a warning before deleting scene files improperly saved in program folder
  • Added a check to prevent installing directly to various user and system folders

 


Version 5.4.5225.17891 - 4/22/2014

Program changes:

  • Added support for adding visible dimensions to 3D objects (Add Dimensions button in ribbon)
  • Added support for orthographic views (e.g. top, front, side, and angled views with no perspective)
  • Added camera presets to Camera tab for orthographic and isometric views
  • Added backdrop presets to Backdrop tab (default, solid background, transparent)
  • Added Fabric/Frame checkboxes for quickly toggling visibility of all fabric/frame parts
  • Added Disable/Enable Shadows button to ribbon, toggles shadows for the whole scene
  • Added Ungroup Object button to ribbon
  • Added Welcome window, shown on startup by default
  • Added Recent page to File tab for accessing recently used scene files
  • Added resize handle to left pane splitter, can be clicked to hide/show the left pane
  • Added ability to rotate camera using arrow keys in Rotate Light mode
  • Added ability to manually re-initialize 3D graphics after device becomes unavailable
  • Added links to support/FAQ section of web site to Help page and help menu
  • Changed feet/in units to always display up to two decimal places for inches if needed
  • Improved error message on outdated graphics hardware
  • Improved error message when attempting to load an invalid file as a backdrop image
  • Improved error message when attempting to save a rendered image with an invalid filename
  • Fixed crash when attempting to adjust crop area in Render Image using mouse wheel in rare circumstances
  • Fixed crash when shutting down the program while it was still trying to update the 3D view
  • Fixed crash when font name contains unprintable character
  • Fixed crash when attempting to view fabric info when program is running from a network share
  • Fixed crash when clicking find button in texture properties in rare circumstances
  • Fixed crash after 3D device becomes unavailable and is re-initialized while attempting to select text object
  • Fixed crash when selecting text object after initiating program shutdown
  • Fixed crash when performing material search while OS is in a bad state
  • Fixed crash when saving completely invisible object as custom object
  • Fixed crash when failing to browse backdrops on an inaccessible network share due to IRPStackSize problem
  • Fixed crash after improper application of valance to non-fabric objects
  • Fixed crash when loading scene file containing material whose contrast was adjusted
  • Fixed crash when undoing Set Backdrop operation before finishing answering questions
  • Fixed crash after opening printer settings on some HP printer / OS combinations

Fabric changes:

  • Added Sunbrella Fusion Collection
  • Added Sunbrella Mayfield Collection
  • Added Sunbrella Renaissance Collection
  • Added Sunbrella All Fabrics Collection
  • Added Sunbrella [2079] Royal Navy
  • Added Sunbrella [2389] Toast Tweed
  • Added Sunbrella [6050] Teal Tweed
  • Updated Sunbrella Silica fabrics with more detailed images

 


Version 5.3.4905.14692 - 6/6/2013

Program changes:

  • Added Color Controls section to Material properties for hue / saturation / brightness / contrast adjustment
  • Added braid color to Valance properties, can now set/change using palette
  • Improved fabric search to find gray when grey is entered and vice versa, ignore diacritics
  • Fixed object position/orientation not being preserved when using Add Object with "Replace selected"
  • Fixed stripes not lining up between valance and rest of object for round objects
  • Fixed failure to re-initialize 3D graphics hardware in some cases
  • Fixed rare crash during re-initialization of 3D graphics hardware

Documentation changes:

  • Added info on new braid color property in Valance properties
  • Added info on new Color Controls section in Material properties

Fabric changes:

  • Added Sunbrella [4999] Brera Sorbet
  • Brightened Sunbrella [4601] Pacific Blue and [4626] Navy
  • Darkened Sunbrella [4665] Concord

 


Version 5.3.4862.16987 - 4/24/2013

Program changes:

  • Fixed location search in Sky tab
  • Added release notes display to new version notification prompt
  • Fixed photo from Samsung Galaxy S III loading with incorrect orientation
  • Fixed missing object after using "send to back" in page layout and saving as image
  • Fixed backdrop/graphic thumbnail cache growing indefinitely
  • Fixed crash when undoing applying braid to valance with no braid
  • Added error message when 3D hardware initialization fails due to LogMeIn mirror driver
  • Added error message when 3D hardware becomes unavailable and can't be re-initialized
  • Fixed crash when attempting to perform various operations when 3D hardware is unavailable
  • Improved detection of incompatible 3D hardware

 


Version 5.3.4826.17228 - 3/19/2013

Program changes:

  • Added ability to define fabric panels to apply to an object's surface
  • Added ability to insert list of fabrics/colors in page layout textbox
  • Added ability to pan/scroll using touch in object properties
  • Added option to favor speed over visual quality (for slow 3D graphics hardware)
  • Added option to open on-screen keyboard when textbox is touched (for Windows 8)
  • Improved performance of material and object lists
  • Improved performance of touch/multi-touch object/camera manipulation
  • Improved performance of scaling an object
  • Improved performance when resizing the 3D view via splitters or window
  • Widened splitters to be easier to grab with both mouse and touch
  • Fixed valance incorrectly having a shadow when applied to an object without a shadow
  • Fixed display of values in feet/inches to show only feet when value has 0 inches
  • Fixed Transform By to correctly handle negative combined feet/inches values like -1' 6"
  • Fixed transparency when applying graphics from PNG files created by Gerber Composer
  • Fixed close button in mode instructions bar at bottom of main window not working
  • Fixed missing texture when duplicating an object with an imported texture
  • Fixed bottom of 'y' in Sky tab being cut off when system DPI is set above 100%
  • Fixed selected time zone in Sky tab to be remembered between program sessions
  • Fixed "Replace selected object" checkbox overlapping with tabs when window is small
  • Fixed missing/empty panel when switching between material/object lists quickly
  • Fixed shadows interfering with rendering of graphics applied directly to backdrop
  • Fixed incorrect rendering of graphic after a series of undo/redo operations
  • Fixed undesirable object movement when scaling a grouped object
  • Fixed text in 3D view not updating when using context menu of Apply Text textbox
  • Fixed crash when switching between logged in users on the system
  • Fixed crash when loading invalid 3D model file
  • Fixed crash when loading corrupt scene file
  • Fixed crash when resizing graphic with invalid dimensions
  • Fixed crash when showing file open/save window in rare circumstances

3D models:

  • Fixed slight misalignment of stripes between top and valance on retractable awnings

Installer:

  • Increased speed of installation process
  • Fixed shortcuts not being created when installing from a limited user account
  • Fixed detection of program when it's being run by a different logged on user
  • Fixed uninstaller to check for admin rights on Windows XP

 


Version 5.2.4762.23876 - 1/14/2013

Program changes:

  • Reduced application startup time and memory usage
  • Fixed increasing memory usage after 3D device re-initialization due to sleep, lock/unlock, etc.
  • Added "What's New?" command for viewing development log on web site
  • Changed multiple icons in upper-right corner of application to single icon that opens a menu
  • Fixed dark fringing around edges of text applied using Apply Text command
  • Fixed valances and text/graphics to be properly obscured when using Obscure object property
  • Fixed Print UI to automatically select Custom preset when customizing width/height/resolution
  • Fixed Transform By to not reset value to 0 when entering negative inches in feet/in mode
  • Fixed incorrect loading of object saved as custom object with duplicate part names when saved in scene file
  • Fixed Split command to not be available for valance parts
  • Fixed some actions (e.g. rename object part) not triggering the prompt to save changes when exiting
  • Fixed crash when opening corrupt scene file

Fabric changes:

  • Added 2013-2014 new additions for Sunbrella Awning and Marine fabrics

 


Version 5.2.4680.12837 - 10/24/2012

Program changes:

  • Added ability to show shadows with angled backdrops
  • Changed "building faces" to "photo taken facing" in Sky tab (to be usable for both straight-on and angled backdrops)
  • Fixed crash when combining objects in a group when at least one object has a valance
  • Fixed out of memory error when importing large images or duplicating objects using them
  • Added support for transparency when importing a graphic from a PNG with palette-based transparency (<=8bpp)
  • Improved performance when loading an angled backdrop or switching backdrop type
  • Improved framing of objects in object thumbnails when adding objects as custom objects
  • Fixed problem saving/loading scene files containing imported files whose names require Unicode
  • Fixed uncommon problem with arrow keys only moving objects (not rotating) when an axis is locked
  • Fixed various uncommon crashes

Documentation:

  • Added several sections describing new features
  • Updated screenshots to reflect latest user interface
  • Improved quality of images

Fabric changes:

  • Added Sunbrella Upholstery fabrics
  • Renamed "Sunbrella" to "Sunbrella - Awning and Marine"
  • Updated Sunbrella fabric information PDFs

 


Version 5.2.4623.18544 - 8/28/2012

Program changes:

  • Added ability to undo/redo changes to the page layout on the Print page
  • Added ability to save the page as an image file from the Print page (in addition to printing it)
  • Added ability to move, rotate, and scale the selected object by specified numerical amounts
  • Added ability to make an object obscure part of another object, useful for making windows within fabric panels
  • Added ability to group objects together for movement, applying fabrics, etc.
  • Added ability to combine a group of objects into a single object
  • Added ability to split, combine, and re-combine object parts
  • Added ability to replace the selected object (Add Object, "Replace selected" checkbox in upper right)
  • Improved speed and usability of Object Parts tree including columns, sorting, drag and drop re-ordering
  • Added ability to rotate object by 90 degrees using the '9' key
  • Improved object movement and rotation when viewing objects from different angles
  • Added ability to select metric and other units (feet/in, feet, in, m, cm)
  • Added ability to control individual object brightness (via emissive property in material properties)
  • Improved dimension sliders (and others) to use non-linear scaling for greater precision and range
  • Fixed loading of large (>3MP) image files on some computers with Intel integrated graphics
  • Added ability to open TIFF files for backdrops, graphics, and texture images
  • Added "Exempt from constraints" object property, controls whether object can pass through backdrop/ground
  • Added ability to change opacity of text and graphic objects
  • Added ability to center camera on clicked point in space (middle-click during rotate camera mode)
  • Improved usability of controls on Render Image page for specifying render size and crop area
  • Added several new commands to the "Modify Model Geometry" menu, for processing imported 3D models
  • Added ability to save object as Custom Object (right-click on object and choose Save as Custom Object)
  • Added display of fabric name/number applied to selected object in texture properties
  • Added right-click context menu for 3D view when no object is selected
  • Added 3D wireframe view options (right-click in 3D view with no object selected)
  • Added ability to temporarily change dimension slider min/max values (right-click on slider)
  • Improved appearance of some fabrics/textures when using Intel integrated graphics
  • Improved ease of use of specular lighting material properties
  • Improved rendering quality of specular highlights
  • Added ability to type feet and inch markers (' and ") in valance properties
  • Added keyboard command for centering the camera on the selected object (/)
  • Improved global and 3D view keyboard commands (like Ctrl+Z) to work when other controls have focus
  • Improved H.Repeat and V.Repeat texture sliders to be linked by default (right-click to toggle)
  • Improved saving of scene files to embed imported textures
  • Added ability to set material properties for multiple parts (when parent is selected)
  • Added option for synchronization of texture properties between fabric and valance, enabled by default
  • Added informational display message when saving the scene
  • Added ability to adjust camera with arrow keys while in camera modes
  • Added disabling of unrelated UI when performing certain operations such as setting backdrop scale
  • Added warning/error messages for older unsupported Intel 910/915 and 945 graphics hardware
  • Added separate tracking of "Maintain Aspect Ratio" setting for text vs. graphic objects
  • Added "Align Axes" command for aligning the axes of one object to another without rotating the object
  • Improved order of objects in object tree and object selection after duplicating an object
  • Improved registration error message to mention company name
  • Fixed crop area on Render Image page to be properly saved and loaded from scene files
  • Fixed image not updating when repeatedly importing a texture or graphic from the same file
  • Fixed incorrect lighting/coloring of objects without texture maps applied
  • Fixed existing braid to be removed when choosing "Straight (no braid)" valance type
  • Fixed changes to material properties to be undoable
  • Fixed alignment tools to work when clicking on valance parts
  • Fixed error message shown when trying to send feedback on computer with incorrect date/time
  • Fixed rare problem causing custom backdrop/graphic tabs to not appear on some computers
  • Fixed various uncommon crashes

Fabric changes:

  • Updated Sunbrella Care and Cleaning information
  • Improved color accuracy and detail of Sunbrella Mayfield Collection fabrics

 


Version 5.1.4484.12920 - 4/11/2012

  • Changed arrow key movement/rotation in 3D view to be more precise (with and without shift)
  • Added keyboard commands (comma and period) to cycle through previous/next object in 3D view
  • Changed automatic advancement of time to halt upon manual rotation of light
  • Improved zoom sensitivity in page layout view
  • Fixed loss of transparency when copying and pasting images within the page layout
  • Fixed image replacement when copying and pasting images with same dimensions within page layout
  • Fixed per-object shadow visibility settings to be saved in scene files
  • Fixed opacity to be saved in scene files
  • Fixed ground texture to be saved in scene files
  • Fixed backdrop image not being included in scene file after undoing set backdrop
  • Fixed several uncommon crashes

 


Version 5.1.4462.24492 - 3/20/2012

  • Major improvements to page layout and printing interface

 


Version 5.0.4449.28267 - 3/7/2012

  • Initial release

Download FAQ

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