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We're excited to bring you our latest, feature-rich Impact CAD 2016. Upgrade today!
Update (Sept 5th 2018) - a later Impact 2016R4 release supersedes the previous version, bringing with it speed improvements and several bug fixes and minor improvements. Contact your reseller or agent now for upgrade information or download directly from our support site, www.impactCAD.net
With a whole host of new features for designers and die-makers alike, we're sure you'll find something that will make you more productive than ever.
Scroll through our What's New in Impact 2016 highlights document below (or view it full screen here):
A more detailed What's New in 2016 can also be downloaded below along with our technical release notes:
Contact your local Arden team or reseller to discuss your upgrade options now. Customers with a valid software maintenance contract (SMC) can download the latest installers for free directly from our dedicated support site www.impactcad.net
Note. We encourage customers running Impact Enterprise, WEBcnx and heavily customised setups to contact Arden support before carrying out an upgrade themselves. As always, be sure to backup your data before proceeding.
Coming soon.... as Impact 2016 now includes better support for the 3D model export (and Import) of the popular Collada file format, we've teamed-up with our friends at Sketchfab.com to bring you the ability to upload 3D scenes directly from Impact to their model sharing site via a new plugin which will be available from our soon to be live app store.
No longer will you need to email or otherwise send large files like 3D PDFs and have to rely on the recipient having the correct viewer installed and it being up-to-date. You'll simply be able to share a link that can be viewed on any platform, any web browser or device - even mobiles and tablets... with nothing to install!
You'll be able to sign-up use a free personal Sketchfab account for quick and easy model sharing, or upgrade to a pro or business account to access premium services like private invite-only model sharing, unlimited numbers of model uploads and sizes, and the ability to embed models in your corporate website and much more.
We have recently opened an office in Delhi, India, as we continue our global expansion.
This latest office launch – Arden Software Asia Pacific - marks our fifth international headquarters, alongside our other offices in the UK, Germany, North America and Denmark.
Matt Hewitt, Business Development Manager at Arden Software, said: “We work with thousands of customers across the world and the Asia Pacific region represents one of our fastest growing markets.
“Not only has our new office in India created three new jobs so far, but it also allows us to capitalise on this rapidly expanding market and better serve our current customers and resellers in the wider Asia Pacific region.
“In the past six years, Arden Software has opened four overseas offices, creating new jobs and opportunities and positioning ourselves as a global player in the packaging sector and we look forward to further growth in the near future.”
The new India office is being led by Manish Bhaskar, who took on the role of Business Head – Asia, after working in the print and packaging industry for more than 20 years.
Arden Software, which was established in 1988 from its Stockport-based office, currently employs more than 45 people and specialises in the development of innovative CAD, manufacturing, enterprise and workflow management solutions for the print and packaging industry.
Arden Software will be showcasing our latest products at the world’s largest print and packaging exhibition.
We are making a return to the Drupa 2016 trade show in Dusseldorf, Germany, next week.
Our technical experts will be exhibiting Arden Software’s latest release of our product suite, including Impact CAD.
The Impact CAD software, which is used by leading packaging manufacturers around the world, is used for the design, manufacture and visualisation of paper-based packaging, include carton, corrugated and display solutions.
Matt Hewitt, our Business Development Manager, said: “We are very excited to be returning to Drupa to showcase our range of products to the wider packaging sector, who we firmly believe will be impressed with the innovative solutions we have to offer.
“We pride ourselves on being a world leader in the development of advanced CAD and CAM software for the print and packaging industry, so Drupa provides the perfect platform for us to launch our newest product suite.
“Our team of experts will be on hand to showcase the latest versions of our state-of-the-art products including our flagship Impact CAD software, which is the most technologically advanced CAD packaging system for industry professionals.”
Thousands of industry experts and more than 130 exhibitors are expected to attend the 10-day event held at the Drupa Innovation Park in Dusseldorf, Germany, from May 31 to June 10.
The Arden Software stand will be located at Hall 10, Booth 54 throughout the event at the Dusseldorf Fairgrounds.
All-new and enhanced features have arrived with Impact 2015.
Impact 2015 introduces some great new features as well as enhancements to the tools you use the most, meaning this latest upgrade is sure to be something you can benefit from right away, whilst helping you finding new ways to be more creative and productive than ever before.
Here are just some of the highlights of this great new release...
Animated Adobe 3D PDF & U3D files
Create your animation as normal and simply export to the Adobe PDF or U3D formats for captivating and fully interactive animated models.
Better lighting, reflections and acetate windows comes to 3D PDF
3D PDF exported models have never looked better or more realistic with improved lighting, shading, environmental reflections and altogether new acetate / window patch visualisation. Better yet, they're smaller and faster than ever to produce!
Composite textures removed
Smaller, faster loading of 3D-enabled drawings means you no longer have to sacrifice quality for speed.
3D performance to match your hardware
No longer a user-specific setting, now 3D workstation options can be optimised to suit individual hardware. Use Impact from any workstation and see designs at their best.
New drafting and editing tools
Some of the new tools and enhancements within Impact 2015 include: Quick Expode, Bezier Pen, Animation looping, Select By Example, 3D Align Selected... and much more.
Resume Dieboard Editing
Resume dieboard editing without needing to restart, such as changing your mounting system with no data loss.
Block Inspector Improvements
Users can now freely control the order of blocks in the block inspector and have more control over the sort order... by name, style, first palette or manual re-order. Also, it's now possible to rename multiple selected blocks into a sequence. All minor changes, but they provide surprising time-savings and make for all-round easier block management.
Quick and Simple Symbol Pattern Creation
Now simply place one or symbols types
or import an existing drawing and Impact
will automatically convert them to a symbol pattern.
Whether you want to work on a layer that another user has locked, or you want to annotate on a particular layer without editing it, Markup layers provide the freedom to run diemaking and various other tools without the need to take ownership or modify the original layer.
Replacement Collision Symbols
If Impact can’t place a configured symbol due
to collision or interference, it can now place an
alternate symbol in it’s place to clearly indicate an area that may need user attention.
... and much more including numerous improvements to Rotary Dieboard and Blanker tools...
New and vastly more powerful document management capabilities
Now add documents and links to anything and everything, with additional support for site, user, layer, customer contact and document-to-document associations. Drag-and-drop new documents to speed up document management, whilst Impact automatically generates thumbnails and takes care of meta-data extraction. You can also add tags or create custom groups to aid searching and categorisation.
PDF export gains CMYK and overprinting
It's now possible to avoid artwork knock-outs in exported PDFs with the use of a new overprinting feature. In addition, we've added support for CMYK colour modes.
Enhanced Export Controls
You can now automatically open a file or folder after drawing export saving you yet more valuable time.
On-line help system
A completely new on-line help system for Impact and other related products. Find help for every tool, or handy hints and tips in our growing knowledge-base. Check out help.ardensoftware.com today!
With new features and enhanced functionality for designers and diemakers alike, Impact 2014 provides users with the tools to work faster and most efficiently than ever, allowing you to secure and strengthen your position in the market.
A simplified Animation Editor sees the introduction of mirrored and more easily manipulated key frames, along with several new timeline enhancements.
New 3D Export support for AutoCAD DWG and Collada provides compatibility for augmented reality solutions and much more.
Significantly reduced 3D PDF file sizes, making them truly portable.
Various Interactive drawing tools enhancements makes drafting quicker and easier than ever before.
A new Sheet Layout Utilisation feature makes it possible to quickly determine the efficiency of a machine / sheet and pattern combination before entering the layout tool.
To compliment the new Sheet Layout Utilisation feature, an accompanying Layout Estimation plugin can help you compare any and every possible layout combination, offering final sheet/machine utilisation calculation, as well as indicators for total run length, and estimated waste.
Composite Layout improvements makes for quicker and easier composite layout generation.
The addition of a control for graphic transparency helps to aid the visibility of underlying design geometry.
An enhanced Rotary Dieboard Split Tool offers greater control over split placement and geometry collision.
A new Forced/Remove Slot tool for the Stripper Creator hands the user even more control over the placement of internal and external slots.
New Conventional Stripper options support contouring first with male knives/claws/pins and then create a wooden block.
Many new features for Blanking Tools.
Something for everyone
AutoCAD 2013 DXF and DWG Import
Open Type Font support for greater cross-platform compatibility
Favourites for Symbols, Design Components, Plotter, Layout settings and many more, make often used settings quickly accessible.
IT-Administration - LDAP support, proving Impact logon with your Windows credentials.
Multilingual Settings mean everyday Master Tool Settings, Symbols and folders can now be translated to aid your company-wide database users across all languages.