Brilliant textures, easily.
Are you still using a flatbed scanner or a simple camera to capture materials? With xTex you will be equally fast and additionally get physically based color-, transparency-, specular-, normal- and displacement textures of constant high quality.
Tiling is tedious?
These times are gone. xTex does not only support you, it does almost everything itself. You just need to select a proper region of the material and xTex will automatically make the textures seamless. And the tiling preview window helps you to check the quality down to the smallest detail - in realtime.
The finest textures are not worth much without a software to render them. You can use xTex textures with all common 3D programs. For Blender, Autodesk VRED, 3DsMax and Maya there is even a direct connection available that lets you transfer complete materials with the push of a button.