What's the difference between Finale 3D and FWsim Pro?

FWsim Pro - a Finale 3D Alternative

Finale Fireworks (now called Finale3D, or Finale 3D Pro) is a fireworks choreography and inventory management software. Finale Fireworks is available only as an annual subscription.

FWsim Pro offers simple show planning and visualization for fireworks professionals and show designers. First released in 2010, the software is currently used by professionals in 40 countries. FWsim is made by a small company in Austria.

FWsim Pro users like that it’s easy to use and produces beautiful animations. Other advantages of FWsim are the super-realistic effects, a very flexible effects editor and the performance. The FWsim Pro subscription is very flexible - it’s monthly and can be cancelled at any time.

FWsim Pro is used mostly by small and medium-sized fireworks companies. It has also been used on larger projects - for example, Royal Fireworks (Netherlands) use FWsim to plan their displays for the Philippines International Pyromusical Championship.

FWsim runs great even on old computers. 4GB of RAM are enough to make it run quite well. Any graphics card released in 2012 or later will work with FWsim. FWsim also runs on some computers without a graphics card (so-called onboard graphics), although we don’t recommend that. Most of our customers find they do not need to buy a new computer when using FWsim, and it even works on most laptops.

FWsim Pro and Finale 3D compared

Finale 3DFWsim Pro
Target audienceLarge projects and teamsSmall and medium-sized fireworks companies
Ease-of-use and functionalityComplex and feature-richEasy to use, focus on simplicity
PricingAnnual Subscription onlyFlexible monthly subscription
Performance and System RequirementsAverage performance - requires a graphics card from 2018 or newer, and 8GB of RAMGreat performance - runs well on 10+ years old computers. Requires a graphics card from 2012 or newer, and 4GB of RAM.

How can I try out FWsim?

If you’re a professional, download a free trial of the professional edition. If fireworks are your hobby, try the hobbyist edition.