August 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is pleased to announce the release of DesignMerge  for Adobe® Creative Cloud 2015, supporting both Macintosh and Windows-based platforms.

DesignMerge® Pro provides users with sophisticated variable data publishing, personalized printing, and document automation features. The module works within the InDesign® application, enabling professional mail-merge, variable data printing, and document automation features. The entire process is database-driven, completely flexible, and very easy to use.

DesignMerge can easily support variable text, picture, article, and even complete InDesign layouts and master pages. All of the features of Adobe InDesign are available when using DesignMerge software, so advanced features such as variable type-on-a-curve are easily supported. DesignMerge also outputs the most popular variable data printing formats including PostScript, PPML, Creo VPS and PDF/VT. The product is fully compatible with systems offered by Konica Minolta, Canon, Creo, EFI, Fujifilm, HP and Ricoh, among others. For more information about DesignMerge technology, please visit www.designmerge.com.

AutoPrice for Creative Cloud 2015

July 21, 2015 by · 2 Comments
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is pleased to announce that AutoPrice is now available for Creative Cloud 2015 (InDesign v11.x), for both the Macintosh & Windows platforms!

If you would like purchase or upgrade information, please contact your sales rep at sales@meadowsps.com or by phone at 888-983-6746 (847-882-8202 outside of the U.S. and Canada).

AutoPrice is an easy-to-use plug-in module that greatly reduces production time when formatting, updating and manipulating pricing and product information within an InDesign document. For more than nineteen years, AutoPrice has been used by hundreds of well-known catalogers and financial publishers in the U.S. and around the world. To find out more about AutoPrice, please visit our website at www.meadowsps.com.

DesignMerge Helps MARQUIS to push the limits!

May 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Josh Leonard, VDP programmer at MARQUIS. needed a software solution that could keep up with their volume. MARQUIS produces tens of thousands of records per day with every page being unique. It is not unusual for them to process hundreds of thousands of records each week, including postcards, letters, self-mailers, and more. DesignMerge has really allowed them to push their limits.

To read the full case study on MARQUIS, please click this link:

http://www.meadowsps.com/site/marketing/newsletter/MARQUIS.html

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“DesignMerge is so awesome!” – Beth Erlandson

November 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Beth Erlandson, owner/project manager at Silverline Digital in Madison, WI went to the PRINT show in Chicago with the sole purpose of finding a VDP (Variable Data Print) software solution for her company. While other programs that she looked at could accomplish some of the things that she required, when she came upon DesignMerge she knew immediately that it checked all of the boxes and was the solution she had been seeking.

To read the full press release on how DesignMerge and Silverline Digital make a winning combination, please click this link:

http://www.meadowsps.com/site/marketing/newsletter/CS-Silverline.html

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You Don’t Have to Be Big to Have Big Needs!

October 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Woodland Associates is a small graphic arts company offering simple solutions to their printing customers. But sometimes simple solutions require pretty sophisticated software to get the job done. That’s where DesignMerge comes in.

To read a short interview with Jay Beber, owner of Woodland Associates, discussing how the DesignMerge software has helped him increase productivity and improve his bottom line, please click the following link:

http://www.meadowsps.com/site/marketing/newsletter/CS-Woodland.html

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Meadows and Kodak Certify DesignMerge Software for Kodak NexPress Press Users

October 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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News Highlights

  • DesignMerge Pro is an award-winning suite of plug-in modules that allow users to quickly and easily create variable data output from any Adobe InDesign document;
  • Kodak has tested and approved DesignMerge software for use on all Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Presses;
  • DesignMerge works well with the Kodak NexPress Fifth Imaging Station inks, which are ideal for specialty VDP applications;
  • Meadows and Kodak will be demonstrating their products in booth #439 and #831, respectively, at the Graph Expo show, September 28–October 1, 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL – so please stop by for a demonstration!
  • For more information, please go to www.meadowsps.com.

Schaumburg, IL– September 23, 2014— Meadows Publishing Solutions and Kodak today announced that the Meadows DesignMerge Pro Variable Data Software has been tested and approved for use with the Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press.

Read the full press release here:
http://www.meadowsps.com/site/marketing/pressreleases/MPSKodakRelease.htm

DesignMerge Changes the Way that Woodland Associates Does Business

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Application: Variable Data ID Cards

Buying software is just one of the costs of doing business. But, when you buy software and it ends up making you money – seriously, what could be better? DesignMerge truly changed the way we do business. We can promise jobs faster, because we know we can turn them around faster. We’ve pretty much eliminated internal errors, because if the first few look good and the database is accurate – they all look good. And, if there is a problem with the data – DesignMerge tells you where.

I’ve had a few questions along the way, but if I thought the software worked well, I was blown away by the customer service. You are always afraid that new solutions will be too complicated, but the DesignMerge team made it seem effortless.

Jay Beber
President
Woodland Associates, Inc.

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DesignMerge and AutoPrice for Creative Cloud 2014

September 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions today announced the release of DesignMerge Pro and AutoPrice for Adobe® Creative Cloud 2014, supporting both Macintosh and Windows-based platforms.

DesignMerge® Pro provides users with sophisticated variable data publishing, personalized printing, and document automation features. The module works within the InDesign® application, enabling professional mail-merge, variable data printing, and document automation features. The entire process is database-driven, completely flexible, and very easy to use.

DesignMerge can easily support variable text, picture, article, and even complete InDesign layouts and master pages. All of the features of Adobe InDesign are available when using DesignMerge software, so advanced features such as variable type-on-a-curve are easily supported. DesignMerge also outputs the most popular variable data printing formats including PostScript, PPML, Creo VPS and PDF/VT. The product is fully compatible with systems offered by Konica Minolta, Canon, Creo, EFI, Fujifilm, HP and Ricoh, among others. For more information about DesignMerge technology, please visit www.designmerge.com.

AutoPrice is a powerful, yet easy to use, tool for linking text and graphics in any type of database to Adobe InDesign documents, vastly streamlining production. Proven over 20 years by many of the largest catalog and financial publishers throughout the world, AutoPrice has set the standard for plug-in based data connectivity software.

As the name implies, AutoPrice is engineered to automate the process of inserting, updating and versioning prices for catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications. It is also ideal for updating timetables, phone lists or any other type of information that can be referenced from a database or spreadsheet file. For more information about MPS software, please visit http://www.meadowsps.com.

Free QR Code Module for Creative Cloud!

August 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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— Free plug-in module creates QR Codes directly in any InDesign document —

News Highlights

  • Available for Adobe® InDesign® CS5, CS5.5 CS6, or Creative Cloud, Mac or Win platforms;
  • Creates QR Code, Data Matrix, and PDF417 bar codes directly in any InDesign document;
  • Offers complete control over sizing, encoding and styling aspects of the bar codes;
  • Integrated with Meadows DesignMerge and AutoPrice software for producing fully variable 2D bar codes from any database;
  • A FREE license is available, which supports QR Code creation. Visit www.meadowsps.com/free2D to register;
  • Meadows will be demonstrating this software module, as well as DesignMerge Pro and AutoPrice, in booth #439 at the Graph Expo show, September 28 – October 1, 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL;

Schaumburg, IL– August 20, 2014– Meadows Publishing Solutions today announced the release of their 2D Bar Code Module for Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud, with a completely free license option for producing QR Codes. This release is an update to a previous version of the software, which supported Adobe InDesign CS5 and CS6.

The software module is designed to generate QR Code, Data Matrix, and PDF417 two-dimensional bar codes directly in any Adobe InDesign document. The module has also been integrated with the Meadows DesignMerge and AutoPrice software packages to support fully variable, multi-up 2D bar codes that can be driven by any database.

Using this new plug-in module, 2D bar codes can be created inside of an InDesign frame, and the sizing and positioning of the codes is handled automatically. There are also several built-in templates for popular QR Code formats such as the vCard format, which has been utilized extensively in business card and other applications. Because the Meadows module uses a specially licensed font to produce the 2D codes, the module is lightning fast. When integrated with DesignMerge, customers are producing thousands of data-driven codes in minutes.

FREE License Available
To help promote the product, Meadows is currently offering a FREE license of the new module, which is limited to the production of QR Codes. The free license can be obtained by visiting www.meadowsps.com/free2D.

Database Integration 
The 2D Bar Code Module has been fully integrated with the Meadows DesignMerge and AutoPrice software products, allowing the user to create fully variable, multi-up QR Code, Data Matrix, or PDF417 bar codes directly in any InDesign document. This is a great option for everything from PURL’s to Point of Purchase material. A video of this integration is available at: www.meadowsps.com/2dbarcodes.

Meadows Publishing Solutions Quote 
“2D bar coding continues to grow in popularity, and the need for InDesign users to easily create these codes has never been greater.” said Meadows President, John Kriho. “By offering the free QR Code version of our module, users can now create QR Codes quickly, without leaving InDesign, and with an option to expand into fully variable codes in the future.”

About DesignMerge® 
DesignMerge Pro is a set of plug-in modules that provide Adobe InDesign users with sophisticated variable data publishing, personalized printing, and document automation features. DesignMerge can easily support variable text, picture, article, and even complete InDesign layouts and master pages. All of the features of Adobe InDesign are available when using DesignMerge software, so advanced features such as variable runarounds, multi-page composition, transparencies and type-on-a-curve are easily supported. The entire process is database-driven, completely flexible, and very easy to use.

About AutoPrice™ 
AutoPrice is a set of plug-in modules that provide Adobe InDesign users with a very powerful set of data publishing features. As the name implies, AutoPrice is designed to automate the process of inserting, updating and versioning prices for catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications. It is also ideal for updating timetables, phone lists or any other type of information that can be referenced from a database or spreadsheet file. In addition to the updating features, AutoPrice includes an advanced reporting and exporting feature designed to extract content from catalog pages. Combined with built-in batch processing capabilities, and Index Builder integration, AutoPrice provides a very powerful toolset for catalog production. Newer modules for AutoPrice include PDF Exporting capability and Square Inch Analysis tools.

About Meadows Publishing Solutions
Meadows Publishing Solutions is a software development and consulting company specializing in commercial and custom plug-in modules for Adobe® InDesign® and Adobe® Acrobat®, XTensions™ for QuarkXPress®, and other extensible technologies. Meadows has developed a number of popular software packages for the database publishing and variable data printing markets, including their award-winning products AutoPrice™ and DesignMerge®. Founded in 1991, Meadows is based just outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Illinois. For more information, please visit www.meadowsps.com.

 

DesignMerge Helps Plasti-Fab Improve Their Bottom Line

August 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Since 1957 Plasti-Fab, Inc. has been manufacturing visual identification products for industrial, material handling, corporate, and retail industries. They use DesignMerge to produce a variety of products including signage, labels, id tags, and more.

Following is a short interview with Steve Orlando, graphic artist at Plasti-Fab, Inc., discussing how the DesignMerge software has helped them to increase productivity and improve their bottom line.

arrowbulletWhat type of work do you do with DesignMerge?

We produce a variety of signage tags and labels primarily for the automotive industry. However we have also printed scannable identification badges and other products as requested by our clients.

arrowbulletWhat kind of challenges have you faced in the Variable Data Printing (VDP) market?

Our VDP needs are fairly basic. Most of the labels and tags that we produce contain bar codes and/or sequential numbers, and therefore we require a software solution that will address these processes.

arrowbulletWhy did you choose DesignMerge?

DesignMerge allows us to print tags and badges with the bar codes and sequential numbers included as part of the output. We need a robust bar code utility which DesignMerge provides. And the “sequential numbering” feature of DesignMerge makes it incredibly easy to produce the numbered output that our clients require.

arrowbulletWhat have been the results of implementing DesignMerge in your workflow?

Prior to implementing DesignMerge, we generated bar codes and sequential numbers separately from the label and then manually adhered them. With DesignMerge we are able to output the label with bar code and/or sequential number in one pass. Eliminating an entire step, particulary one that was extremely labor-intensive, has allowed us to reduce labor costs and increase turn-around time on jobs. Furthermore, where previously we may have turned away work with tight deadlines, we can now confidently keep it in-house knowing that we will meet our clients’ timelines with an accurate and professional product.

arrowbulletIs there a particular feature of DesignMerge that you like?

It’s easy to use! And Meadows has great technical support. The online knowledgebase is very useful, and I have always received fast turn-around on any support tickets. I am not an expert on bar codes, and it has been very helpful to be able to contact Meadows with questions, and to bounce ideas and questions off of them.

To read the case study on our website and see samples of a few of the variable data jobs that are produced by Plasti-fab, please click here.

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