Arden Software announces latest release of Impact CAD software for packaging

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Arden Software has announced the latest release of its leading CAD software for the packaging sector.

Impact 2019 Release 2 is now available offering a range of new features and product enhancements designed to streamline packaging design workflow.

The eagerly anticipated software upgrade was due for release earlier this year, but was postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This latest release includes improvements to graphic handling, an extended range of file formats for exporting, 3D model assembly enhancements, plus a major new version of the Impact Plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, which will for the first time offer a live 3D preview of artwork changes.

Matthew Hewitt, business development manager at Arden Software, said: ‘We released Impact 2019 last year, bringing with it a whole host of feature enhancements which have been very well received by designers and die makers, so we are confident this follow-up release of our leading CAD software will help further improve the creative process for Impact users.

‘Impact 2019 Release 2 was due out earlier in the year, but we took the decision to postpone the public release due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which saw a shift in priorities for both ourselves and our customers.

‘A number of our customers were given an early preview of the upgraded software and since then we have added even more new features. We have developed a range of software enhancements that will simplify the packaging design process and improve the user experience in the fastest, most efficient way.

‘From improved graphic handling to extended file support, the latest version of our innovative CAD software promises to deliver a real ‘impact’ for users.’


Users can also look forward to the new Bill of Materials (BOM), which is set to be released next year. This new feature can accurately generate multi-page BOM reports from an Impact project, which provides a quick and easy way to define all the related items that are required to build one or more solutions. This includes 2D and 3D parts that may have been added from the new, customisable component libraries.

The Arden Software development team is now working on the next major release, which will include the most significant Impact CAD development undertaking to date – a next generation parametric design engine guaranteed to revolutionise the packaging industry.


This highly anticipated update, which enriches the entire use of the product’s design and editing capabilities, moves away from the legacy history based approach to parametrics, capturing the designer’s intent as they draw, and also offering the unique advantage that any existing or imported drawing can be resized quickly and effortlessly.




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