Archive for September, 2013

Participate in the Screenshot Competition!

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Participate in the first FWsim screenshot competition, and win a full license for FWsim Pro, access to exclusive firework effects, and more!

How to participate

  • Take a fireworks show you already created, or design a new one. It can be as short as 5 seconds. The show itself is not important, it only matters how good it looks at one moment in time.
  • At the best moments in your show, press F10 to create a screenshot. You can try this over and over again, until you’re satisfied. Click Tools -> Open Screenshot Folder to see all screenshots you took.
  • Until Sunday, 13th of October, midnight, send your best pictures to You can send up to 3 images. Please also include the show file, and all custom-made effects for your show. See below for details.


  • Please set the graphics quality to Very High before you take your screenshot.
  • Use the screenshot function inside FWsim (do not export a video and then take a frame from that). This is in order to enable everyone to participate, without needing additional software.
  • You can modify your screenshot using image editing software. However, if you do so then please include the original version aswell.
  • The size of the images does not matter, because they depend on the resolution of your monitor. They will not be a factor in the jury decision.
  • By submitting, you agree for pictures and videos of your show to be used for promotional purposes. However, your effect and show files will not be shared with others – they will only be used to re-create the screenshot.
  • The decision will be made by a jury.


  • First Place: A license of FWsim Pro, including 85 exclusive firework effects from the German manufacturer Blackboxx
  • Second and Third Place: 85 exclusive firework effects, plus a license for the Standard Edition of FWsim (if you already own FWsim, you can give that license to a friend).


  • Build your own 3D world with unique objects. Go to Google Warehouse to find 3D models. If a certain 3D model does not display correctly in FWsim, contact us and we will be glad to help.
  • It is allowed to change the textures of the ground and to use your own background images. To learn how to change the ground texture, please visit Tips for Advanced FWsim Users.
  • Leave your images in the PNG format to preserve the highest quality.
  • It is allowed to use effects that other people uploaded to the Online Fireworks Database for the competition. Please mention in your submission which effects you used.

New Online Fireworks Database

Friday, September 13th, 2013

There is now an Online Fireworks Database available for all users of the full version!
Download hundreds of new fireworks, and share your own creations.

Simply update FWsim to the latest version (“Help -> Check for Updates”), and click “Tools -> Online Fireworks Database”. You can also view the contents of the library at (no login necessary).