Gent (Belgium), January 8 2003 — Esko-Graphics releases a new version of its flagship computer aided packaging design software ArtiosCAD. In addition to a suite of user interface enhancements, the Version 5.0 update includes new drafting, die tooling, and manufacturing tools; and a highly-anticipated virtual prototyping module that allows users to create graphically-enhanced three-dimensional animations.
According to Susie Stitzel, CAD Product Manager: "This release is really centered around presentation capabilities. First, we added the ability to review high resolution graphics, in common formats like Illustrator or PDF, from within the CAD program — already a significant quality control improvement. Then, we provided the capability to apply the graphics to a structure and view the entire package in 3D. Finally, we
incorporated animation tools so that users can electronically add movement to the packages they've designed. For example, they could record the steps for properly folding a box, or for assembling multiple pieces of an in-store display. Then they can replay those steps interactively."
The animations are recorded in a VRML (Virtual Reality Model Language) file that is compact, email-able, and viewable in any web browser with a free, downloadable plug-in. The VRML file standard is maintained by the World Wide Web Consortium.
Esko-Graphics' traditional ArtiosCAD converter customers will use the new virtual prototyping features for sales, soft-proofing, approvals, and quality control throughout the packaging development process.
The company also expects the 3D presentation features to open new markets for the CAD program that currently dominates the North American folding carton and corrugated industries. "Fundamentally, we've opened the program so that packaging construction is more tightly integrated with packaging aesthetics," says Stitzel.
"That creates many opportunities upstream in the packaging design process for prepress and graphic design companies who are also looking for better ways to communicate with their Consumer Product Company customers."
The Version 5.0 update is available to all current users of ArtiosCAD software. A subset of the new release, ArtiosCAD 3D Presentation, is also available as a standalone package. The package contains five modules for building 3D package presentations and custom animations including an extensive library of standard box constructions; a simplified geometry design program; import and export filters for various CAD and graphic file formats; and a 3D rendering and animation engine.
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