Impact for designers

The world's leading software for packaging designers.
Impact covers everything you need through one integrated product - designed to make things fast, simple and accurate.
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There’s simply nothing else out there that compares.
Impact has been evolving since 1988, based on feedback from our customers and our own experience of packaging.  We’ve developed the features you want to make packaging design simple and cost-effective.

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Ideal for designers

Initial design is streamlined and made easier through a set of fully interactive drawing tools that accurately reflect the end product.

Whether starting from scratch or importing existing work, results can be achieved with speed and guaranteed for accuracy. It’s even possible to get instant feedback on rule length, area, and weight and waste calculations to make sure you stay on track.

Library of designs

You’ll have access to a vast library of existing packaging designs that’ll give you a flying start to any project.

The designs are simple to customise, bespoke to the materials you use and cover every industry standard. Your time is freed up so you can use your skills to create something unique.

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A preview of a packaging design on the Impact software

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Faster approvals

Impact helps you get buy-in for your designs through easy soft-proofing that allows you to create virtual 3D samples and animated prototypes that can be shared with the customer, enabling them to see exactly how everything fits together.

The software is fully compatible with your plotters and sample makers, providing straight-forward production of physical samples and mock-ups.

Team work

Impact enables you to share designs with your team, storing all the work in one, easily accessible place. If you have a multi-site operation then our supporting suite of software can extend this team-working function to a national and global level.

Different languages? Different units? No problem. Teams can work together from around the world in any way they want.

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Why choose Impact…

Impact interactive drawing toolset feature> Interactive drawing toolset

> Extensive library of reusable parametric design styles including corrugated (FEFCO), folding carton (ECMA), point of sale displays, rigid paper composite and CD/DVD wallets

> Drag and drop design components

> Layout and nesting capabilities for efficient design arrangement and accurate estimating

> Powerful tools to proof or design around artwork

> Advanced 3D modelling and animation tools for fast prototyping and enhanced innovation in presentation

> Built around a powerful and fully customisable design database to help manage and locate anything you create or edit

> Able to generate design reports to allow you to effortlessly share branded technical drawings with your customers through a single click

> Advanced tools to import and clean a wide range of other CAD and non-CAD drawings, ready for production

> A fully customisable interface and user-programmable tools

> Open and flexible machine drivers that can communicate with anything from desktop plotters to lasers and engraving machines

> Supports all industry standard databases including SQL, Oracle and MySQL

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machine cutting out a designWhy you’ll love Impact…

> Designed by people who truly understand your business

> Compatible with your machines and ways of working

> Optimal drawing and sample turnaround

> Time saving through features such as drag and drop

> Scalable and bespoke: you choose the features you need and the software can evolve with your business

> Maximise your output to save time, money and reduce waste

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Why our customers love Impact…

“Impact really stands apart with its support for multi-piece designs, specifically, keeping design components, manufacturing layouts and 3D models linked nicely within the same project. This, and its ability to handle all our project-related digital assets, means we don’t have to manually keep track of everything and can concentrate on the task at hand.”


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