Arden Impact 2014 Released!

Impact 2014 now available! 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.

For Designers

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.


For Diemakers

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.


A fully featured What’s New in Impact 2014 document can be downloaded from Arden Software, with more information available from the Impact product page.

Kodak Flexcel NX – 5 years of Innovation, Excellence, Difference

Kodak introduced the Kodak Flexcel NX System at drupa 2008 and it was immediately recognised as a game changer in the industry. In 2008, the Flexcel NX System won both the PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award and the Flexographic Pre-Press Platemakers Association (FPPA) Technical Innovator of the Year Award. In 2009, it was named as the sole recipient of the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) Technical Innovation Award, and over the years, Flexcel NX users have captured dozens of industry awards for work produced on the system. For five years now, the solution has helped transform the digital flexo market by offering production efficiency, image quality and stability, repeatability, and sustainability advantages. And since the introduction five years ago, the Flexcel NX System family continues to grow and includes the Flexcel NX Narrow, Mid, and Wide Systems.

Five years of successes and accomplishments in this highly competitive market space is something to be proud of. But the best way to demonstrate the significant impact of this technology is to look at how it has shaped the businesses of our customers. So as we look ahead to the next five years, we wanted to share with you the stories of just five of the many global Flexcel NX customers. You’ll see how the Flexcel NX System has helped them fill a void in the market, bringing new levels of quality and efficiency and enabling them to do more with less. This is an exciting time in flexography, driven by the ability of Flexcel NX Technology to push the boundaries and greatly expand flexo printing applications.

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Kodak Flexcel NX - 5 years of innovation excellence differentiation

Folding Carton Boot Camp

Folding Carton Boot Camp

Folding Carton Boot Camp Scheduled for April 29-30, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014 (Press release from the issuing company)

SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, U.S.A.‎ – From April 29-30, 2014, the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC) will host its highly acclaimed Folding Carton Boot Camp workshop at PPC’s headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts‎.

The Folding Carton Boot Camp is perfect for anyone new to cartons – even if not new to the industry, and non-plant personnel with limited experience outside a single plant operation. The course is intended to provide its graduates with a better understanding of the products and services their companies offer.

The two-day training follows the entire folding carton production process. First, instructors explain how fibre is recovered and paper is made. Then, industry experts describe the uses of various inks and coatings as well as the processes involved in prepress, including CAD, layout, and graphics. Next there is an overview of tooling, embossing, foil stamping, stripping, finishing, gluing, and windowing procedures. The curriculum concludes with an assessment of automated packaging equipment. At the close of the seminar, participants are awarded certificates of achievement.

Following the most recent Boot Camp, graduate Zach Codo from Accord Carton remarked, “The Boot Camp was excellent and I left with a great amount of valuable information. I especially enjoyed learning about unfamiliar manufacturing processes; it was an incredibly helpful learning experience.”

The Folding Carton Boot Camp is open to PPC members, brand-owners, and non-members. To register or for more information, visit: