Arden Software integrates the Adobe PDF Library into Impact to ensure reliable data interchange
The packaging workflow is complex, involving three parties: the customer, the graphic designer, and the converter. As the packaging design takes shape there is frequent data interchange among these parties, as shown in Figure 1:
1. The graphic designer works with the customer to develop a packaging concept which is consistent with the customer’s branding and marketing campaign.
2. The converter supplies the structural template to the graphic designer, who builds the final package design.
3. The graphic designer delivers the final design to the converter, who creates the master packaging template.
4. The master packaging template is sent to the customer for final approval.
5. Once the template is approved, the customer works with the converter to fulfill the order, packaging, palletizing and delivering the final product.
Impact is CAD for packaging design, pre-press, display and die making professionals who want power, innovation and reliability in a single software package. The 6000-plus users include some of the world’s leading integrated and sheet plants, carton converters, display manufacturers, die makers, commercial printers, digital print finishers and design agencies.
To facilitate data interchange between converter, graphic designer and customer, Impact leverages the capabilities and ubiquity of PDF as the interchange format. The converter uses Impact to export the structural template as a PDF to deliver to the graphic designer. The graphic designer can easily import these PDFs into their design environment, create the design and return the completed design to the converter. The converter imports the final PDF back into Impact for production. Similar PDF workflows can occur between converter and customer during the approval cycle.
For graphic designers, this means they can use their standard design tools (e.g., InDesign) to interact with the Impact-generated data, and they are not required to use or learn the Impact application. For the customer, this means reviews of final packaging can be easily done using desktop applications (e.g., Acrobat) they are most familiar with. Impact’s robust support for PDF ensures that these cycles occur without any loss of data.
“We are very pleased with the Adobe solution,” says Chris Rogers. “Support for PDF is now first- class: we have eliminated any problems (due to Ghostscript), and the Adobe libraries have enabled us to build better integration to the designers’ tools, improving the workflow overall.”