PackMeister Pro is primarily mouse-controlled.
The dimensions of the various components, sheet, item and fill
are input by sliding the applicable control to the required setting.
The sliders increment in whole integers, i.e. 1, 2, 3 etc., but by using
the up-downs to the right of the slider, the operator can
fine-tune the setting in as little as 1/16" or 1mm. increments.
Right-clicking on any up-down control pops out a menu where the user can
select the increment range.
In other words, the up-downs will "notch"
up or down in fractional values.
eliminates having to type error-prone decimal fractions of an inch.
Master size range is set by moving the scrollbar.
The scrollbar or "master ruler" controls the slider range. Any range can be set;
there is no practical upper limit. Any size.
Use low ranges for fast accurate settings.
Cardboard sheet size section
Sheets of corrugated cardboard are available in all sorts of sizes.
Above, the sheet size is set to a 4' x 8' sheet.
If you buy a different size, or want to use an offcut, enter the new size here.
If the sheet size is set too small
for the package you want to build,
PackMeister Pro will design the package in two pieces.
Item size section
This is fairly straightforward, just set the size of the item you want to pack.
Measurement increments can be set from 1/16" to 1" (in 16th's) or from 1mm. to 1 cm. (in mm) by right-clicking on
any up/down control.
The range of measurement is set by moving the scrollbar left and right.
*if the length is the longest dimension, the dialog displays
- if the width is set to the largest dim., the dialog displays "horizontal".
These dialog messages, together with the on-screen 3D model confirm
the orientation settings as the design process proceeds.
Enter the amounts of protective "cushioning" you intend to use.
All surfaces can be padded independently, or set all thicknesses
uniformly by scrolling the fill master scrollbar.
For more on item layout, package aspects and orientation,
Item orientation influences shape of layout and amount of material required.
Sheet orientation influences choice of cutting layout and material cost.
Design Console controls