Get access to new features and improvements
This release adds many improvements to all editions of FWsim.
- Are you a fireworks enthusiast using FWsim Creative Edition?
- Or do you design real fireworks with FWsim Pro?
In either case, we think you’ll love version 3. This is a paid upgrade. If you bought FWsim within the past 12 months, you can upgrade for free.
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What’s new in FWsim v3
Even more realistic effects (in Creative Edition & Pro)
- 92 new standard effects, which have been carefully designed to match the proportions and colors of real fireworks. Designed by Marcus Athmer.
- 52 complex, multi-layered Japanese effects made by FWsim user Lightmaster.
- 110 effects modelled after real effects from Royal Pyrotechnie by FWsim user Josué Beauregard.
These effects are not available in FWsim Basic. Still using FWsim Basic? You can upgrade at a reduced price.
Design and Usability
- Completely new Design (watch video)
- FWsim looks much better on displays with high pixel density.
- Sidebar width and timeline height can be changed. (watch video)
- Functionality to setup beat markers in the music is now easier to use. (watch video)
- Shortcut CTRL+HOME to go back to beginning of the show.
- “Fronts” renamed to “Positions”.
- New music file formats supported: AAC, M4A, MP4, WEBM, FLAC. This is in addition to the other formats previously supported (WAV, MP3, OGG, AIFF).
- Add music to timeline by dragging and dropping the audio file from Explorer (watch video)
- Warning before deleting a front that is in use (watch video)
- Easier handling of multiple cue insertions: If you want to add multiple cues with the same effect, click the box at the bottom right of the effect selection window. (watch video)
- Option to show the area in the 3D view that will be visible on video export - this helps you select the perfect viewing area for your videos. (watch video)
- Effects that are not found show up in grey in the show
Timeline completely redesigned and greatly improved
- Large shows open very quickly
- Dragging and zooming are now completely smooth, without any delay (watch video)
- You can now zoom by holding the CONTROL key and using the mouse wheel
- You can scroll in time by clicking and holding the MIDDLE mouse button over the timeline, and moving the mouse. (watch video)
- When dragging cues, FWsim waits until the mouse has moved at least 3 pixels before moving the cue. This is to prevent accidential movement of cues.
- When dragging cues, you can move them to the right or left edges of the timeline to scroll. You can also move them down or up to scroll vertically. When you move them downwards, new tracks are automatically created. (watch video)
- Music is now displayed on top of the timeline, so that it’s always visible (watch video)
- You can now click “Show -> Add More Tracks” or press CTRL+SHIFT+N to add extra empty tracks. (watch video)
Effect Selection Window
- Opens faster
- Search box (watch video)
- The search box supports normal search (the words you enter can appear in any order) and exact search (the exact words in the same order you specify). (watch video)
- Layout improved, bigger size by default, and its size can now be changed. (watch video)
- When selecting an effect to insert, the effect selection window now remembers the previously selected effect.
- Option to rename effects from within the effect selection window (watch video)
Effects and Simulation
- Peonies look more realistic. Additionally, there is a slider in the effect editor under “Stars” to adjust how clean the shape of the peony looks. (watch video)
- Shape shells (smiley, letters, etc…) - create a Shell and select “Custom Shape”. Click the black image, and FWsim will open MS Paint where you can draw your own shape! (watch video)
- Cakes can now have multiple parts. This allows combination of different shapes and timings. Use the arrows on the top of the cake editor to move between the different parts and edit them separately. (watch video)
- Stars can be made larger and speed increased up to 200% (watch video)
- Crossette looks better now (watch video)
- Crossette and Crackling receive momentum from the star they are attached to. If a star burns out while it still has considerable speed, the crossette or crackling will continue moving into the same direction. (watch video)
- New option under “Preferences” to make the timing very precise - use this if you prefer a more precise and less realistic simulation. (watch video)
- Less stuttering when you have lots of effects
More capabilities in FWsim Creative Edition
- FWsim Creative Edition now allows to put cues on arbitrary heights, and rotate your fireworks in 3D - features previously only available in the Pro edition. (watch video)
- Undo and Redo for most functions in the show editor (watch video)
- Chains. When you chain effects together, only the first cue of each chain will receive a channel on the firing system. To set this up, click a cue and press CTRL+D, then click the cue you want to connect to. Alternatively, select two or more cues and press CTRL+D to chain them all together. (watch video)
- The size of comments in the timeline can be changed.
- Feature to insert empty cues while playing back the music - by using the hotkey CTRL+G. (watch video)
- Paper size options for PDF export
- Channel information is now displayed as a small red box on top of the cues
- Firing systems: RFRemotech (new), Pyrodigy (new), PyroIgnitionControl (improved)
- “Select all Cues” feature in Show menu - you can use this, for example, to quickly delete all cues from the show and start again. (watch video)
- “Insert show”: Functionality moved to menu bar. Plus, the functionality now inserts all the individual cues from the other show. (In previous versions, it would insert one very large cue containing all the elements).
- Address field in PDF or HTML export now indicates “chained” for cues in chains
- “Text comment” option moved from main menu into the toolbox.
- You can now select label printing “per module”, “per igniter” or “per cue”. “Per igniter” is new and shows, among other things, information about chains created with the new chaining feature. (watch video)
- When using the “per cue” format, the angle is now displayed visually, and the text layout is improved.
- Channels are automatically updated before label export. (Previously, channels would only automatically update when exporting to firing systems)
- Dimensions now in inches for users in the US.
- FWsim loads much faster.
- Possibility to import audio events from text file. Each line of the text file corresponds to one event, and each line must exactly match the format “mm:ss:cc”, where “mm” is the number of minutes, “ss” the number of seconds and “cc” the number of centiseconds (1/100 of a second). To import audio events, select both your music and your text file in Windows explorer, and drag both over the timeline. The text file must have the file ending “txt”. (watch video)
- Many windows open faster, including the effect editor and the effect selection window.
- When an update is found, you will see a list of all the changes before deciding whether to update or not.
- You can now load 3D models by selecting the model file (in previous versions of FWsim, you always needed to pack your model into a ZIP file).
- … and dozens of other bugfixes and improvements.
The music used in the announcement video is by wayfinder.
How to Upgrade from version 2
In FWsim v2, click License Information and Upgrade in the help menu. This will open your license page. (The menu item only shows up when you have version 188.8.131.52 and your FWsim installation is activated.)
If you purchased FWsim on or after June 26 2019, then your upgrade is free. Your license page will tell you that. Otherwise, click the button on your license page to upgrade.
I own v2 but don’t have the software installed at the moment
Enter your email here and we send you the link to your license page.
|FWsim Basic v2
||FWsim Basic v3
||€14.95 / $16.95
|FWsim Creative Edition v2
||FWsim Creative Edition v3
||€19.95 / $21.95
|FWsim Pro v2
||FWsim Pro v3
||€199 / $219 + VAT
If you purchased FWsim on or after June 26 2019, then your upgrade is free.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I open my old shows and effects in v3?
Yes, all shows and effects will continue to work in FWsim 3. However, when you save files from v3, you might not be able to open them in the older version. This is because we added new features.
Can I try before I buy?
Absolutely! Simply install FWsim Basic / Creative v3 or FWsim Pro v3 to start another trial period.
I’m getting an error message during data export to my firing system.
We have released a bugfix update for this, which is available as a separate download.
Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes, our usual 30-day money-back guarantee also applies to updates. We want to make sure you are happy with the software.
If I upgrade now, will I get future upgrades?
You will get every update we release for your edition of FWsim v3, until we release version 4. So there is no reason to delay your purchase.
Can I upgrade to a higher edition?
Sure. If you want to upgrade from FWsim Basic to FWsim Creative Edition, or from Creative Edition to FWsim Pro, simply follow the upgrade instructions above. During the upgrade process, will be asked which edition you want. Now is the best time for an edition upgrade: When you upgrade to a higher edition, v3 will be unlocked at no extra charge.
I have upgraded, but FWsim v3 says “trial expired”
Please make sure you download your updated license file. You have received the link to your license file via e-mail. Open this file with FWsim v3 and it will be activated.
What if I decide I don’t want v3?
No problem! Just keep using your current version.
I have another question…
Please contact us.