Can AutoPrice Upate Multiple Documents At Once?

August 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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AutoPrice Technical Support FAQ

Can AutoPrice Update Multiple Documents At Once?

AutoPrice can automatically run updates and reports on multiple documents at once, saving those updates to either the original files or to new copies. To use this functionality, quit all open documents in QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign.  With no documents open, the menu command AutoPrice>Batch Processing will be available. This functionality is included in all versions of AutoPrice and is not restricted.

Can Price Style in AutoPrice Update Automatically?

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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AutoPrice Technical Support FAQ

I have a Price Style applied to a placeholder in AutoPrice, but it is not styling the price when it updates the document. Am I doing something wrong?

AutoPrice is strict on interpreting prices in the fields of the database. The format it looks for is digits/radix/digits (example:000.00).  In order for it to see and style a price, the data field must match that format. The first thing to do is check that the field contains only the expected data; if there are any other characters before or following the price in  that field, then AutoPrice may just think that it is regular text-data.

New Features in DesignMerge for Adobe InDesign!

July 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The recent release of DesignMerge Pro v3.10, v4.10, and v5.10 software for Adobe InDesign introduces many new features that will help you deliver the best in your variable data printing jobs. Following is a quick overview of some of these new features which we  know you will enjoy using in your VDP jobs:

* MPS Group Picture module + the DesignMerge GroupPicture Link Type

The new MPS GroupPicture module and DesignMerge GroupPicture Link Type let you save InDesign groups of content for quick re-use and also to merge these groups as variables in your VDP jobs.

* Consecutive Numbering Utility + Consecutive Number Keyword Variable Link

These two new features make it easy to include a consecutive number in your printing jobs, regardless whether your VDP job includes other variable content.

* New Variable Picture Position Options

The latest version of DesignMerge for Adobe InDesign introduces new Variable Picture Position options, giving you even more control over the position and size of any VDP job’s variable pictures.

* MPS Scripting and MPS Print Automation optional modules

With the addition of these two new optional modules for the latest version of DesignMerge for InDesign, you can automate your VDP jobs. Also, when the MPS Scripting module is present, any type of DesignMerge Rule can launch external scripts, allowing your VDP jobs to achieve an even higher level of custom results.

* Master Page Variables

By being able to place both fixed and variable content on Master Pages that a Page Rule applies while merging, you can now set up a document to swap any of the content, both fixed and variable, that will appear on a page when the document is merged.

* MPS Tags

MPS Tags are a custom set of easy style tags that can be included in text files which the new MPS Tags Utility can process when importing the file, or embedded in data for Variable Links to provide pinpoint, character-to-character control over the styling of the text when DesignMerge merges that data into a Variable Text Link.

* MPS Tags Converter Utility

This new feature helps you retain DesignMerge Text Links when converting InDesign documents to a format that does not support DesignMerge Text Links (for example, the INX InDesign Interchange format or the IDML InDesign Markup format).

For more information on these new features, please see the DesignMerge v3.10/v4.1o/v5.10 Release Notes, available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder that the installer places in your Macintosh Applications or Windows Program Files folder.

New in DesignMerge for Adobe InDesign: “MPS GroupPicture” Module & the DesignMerge “GroupPicture” Link Type!

June 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Use these two new features to save InDesign groups of content for quick re-use and also to import these groups as variables in your VDP jobs.

The “MPS GroupPicture” module lets you save (page items that have been grouped together) as “GroupPictures”, which you can then easily import into documents to quickly set up new jobs based on content that you already laid out.  These groups can contain any type of content, including content tagged by DesignMerge, the DesignMerge Rules Module, or Meadows CopyFit.

Also, the new “GroupPicture” Link Type allows DesignMerge to merge any of these GroupPictures into a variable document.  Simply assign this new “GroupPicture” Link Type to the Variable Link that will be used to import the GroupPictures.  Next, assign that Variable Link to a picture box in the document where you would like the GroupPicture to appear.  Then, merge.  It’s that easy! While merging, DesignMerge will import the GroupPictures and will also process the variable content that is inside the imported GroupPictures.

For more details and an example of a DesignMerge VDP job that uses variable GroupPictures, please see Tutorial #4, the “Business Cards” tutorial, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual in your DesignMerge product folder.  For more information please visit our website …

New in DesignMerge for Adobe InDesign: “Consecutive Numbering” Utility & the “Conservative Number” Keyword Variable Link!

June 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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These two new features make it easy to include a consecutive number in your printing jobs.

If you would like to produce a job that includes a consecutive number and no other variable content, use the new “Consecutive Numbering” Utility to generate a database that consists of a single field containing the consecutive numbers that you need for the job.  Then, use Quick Setup to set up a new DDF (Database Definition) for the consecutive number database, place the DDF’s consecutive number variable link in the document, and merge. It’s that simple!

DesignMerge Pro also makes it very easy to produce a VDP job that includes a consecutive number along with other variable content even though the consecutive numbers are not in the job’s database.  To do this, add the “Consecutive Number” Keyword Link to your document’s DDF.  Next, place the Consecutive Number Keyword Link in the document along with your other Variable Links.  That’s it! You’re ready to merge the document.

While merging, this special Consecutive Number Keyword Link will generate consecutive numbers for the job on-the-fly!

For more details about these two Consecutive Numbering features, please see tutorial #5, the “Tips & Tricks” tutorial, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge Tutorial manual in  your DesignMerge product folder. For more product information click here.

DesignMerge FAQ: Variable Link is Empty

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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A DesignMerge Variable Link is Empty when a record does not contain any data for that Link.  DesignMerge provides several options for Empty Links.  Here is a description of each of these “If Link is Empty” options:

* Flag as Error

A merge session will fill the Link with the global No Data Error, which is specified on the DesignMerge “Preferences” window (you may access the “Preferences” window by selecting “Preferences” from the “DesignMerge” menu).  By default, the No Data Error is “Empty Field!” Please note that if you select this option for a Variable Link and a record does not have data for the Link, then the No Data Error (by default, “Empty Field!”) is what will be printed for that merged Link.

* Ignore

Will not merge the Link; the Link will continue to display what it contained before that record was merged into the document.  For example, if the Link was displaying “Address_2” before merging this record, the Link will display “Address _2” after the record is merged into the document.

* Delete

Will completely remove the Link from the merged page.  In the case of a Picture Link, the entire box will be deleted.

Please note that during a File or Print merge session, which merges each step of records into their own copy of the original page(s), DesignMerge will delete the Link without displaying any warnings.  Deleting the Link on one of these copies will not delete it on the original page so the Link will still be present for later records.

However, during a Test merge session, which operates on the original document instead of a copy, DesignMerge will by default prompt you to choose whether you wish to “Skip”, “Delete”, or “Flag & Continue” the Empty Link.  Normally, you will prefer to “Flag & Continue” so the Empty Link will remain on the page for later records to use.  If you choose to Delete the Empty Link during a Test merge session, the Link will no longer be present for other records, even if those records have data for that Link.

* Substitute

Will use the data entered here. For Text Links, the text that is entered here will be merged into the Link.  For Picture, Article, or GroupPicture Links, DesignMerge, will assume the text entered here is the file name or full path name of an external file that DesignMerge will attempt to locate and import.

* Remove Empty Links

If you have chosen “Delete” for the “If Link is Empty” setting, then you may also wish to enable “Remove Empty Lines”.  When this option is on, DesignMerge will remove the line that the Empty Link was on if there are no printable characters on the line (the line is blank). The other lines in the box will move either up or down, according to the formatting that you have applied to that text.

MPS Scripting and MPS Print Automation modules!

May 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Yes! With the addition of these two new optional modules for the latest version of DesignMerge for InDesign, you can now automate and customize the results of your VDP jobs!

The optional “MPS Scripting” module, which is available for several Meadows software products for Adobe In Design, provides the ability to automate many DesignMerge functions by running scripts.  Macintosh versions support AppleScripts and JavaScripts; Windows versions support JavaScripts and Visual Basic scripts.

Also, the optional “MPS Print Automation” module is available for use with the MPS Scripting module to provide the ability to automate producing DesignMerge print output.

Now, add to both of these the ability, when the “MPS Scripting” module is present, for any type of DesignMerge Rule (Link, Box, and Page Rules) to launch external scripts during any type of merge process, whether manually started or automated. This allows your VDP jobs to achieve an even higher level of custom results!

And remember, if you would like any assistance in setting up scripts foryour VDP jobs, we provide custom script development services.

New in DesignMerge for Adobe InDesign: New Variable Picture Position options!

May 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The latest version of DesignMerge for InDesign introduces new Variable Picture Position options! These new Variable Picture Position options behave in the same manner as though performing an InDesign Place command to place each variable picture in the frame except the selected Position option additionally applies the attribute corresponding to that option’s name (for example: Top Left, Center, Size to Fit, Size to Fill, and Fix Box to Picture).  For a complete list and description of each Variable Picture Link Position option that is now available in DesignMerge v3.10, v4.10, v5.10, please see Tutorial #1–Part One, the “Form Letter” tutorial, which is available in PDF format in the DesignMerge Tutorial Manual in your DesignMerge product folder.  For DesignMerge product information, click here.

DesignMerge PPML Output, Looking For A Preview Tool?

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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For those searching for a PPML production preflight or preview tool, you may wish to consider PODi’s CheckPPML software.

CheckPPML converts PPML output to a PDF file that contains the same output pages as those that would be produced by a PPML certified printing device. This allows you to preview and validate PPML output before printing.

CheckPPML is an excellent choice to preview DesignMerge PPML output since both CheckPPML and DesignMerge variable data printing software support the GA (Graphic Arts) subset of PPML (Personalized Print Markup Language), an XML-based industry standard printer language for variable data printing, defined by PODi.

CheckPPML can be installed on a Macintosh as well as on a Windows system, and is available in two versions, a free standard version and a professional version.

– CheckPPML (standard) is free but limited to 100 pages.
– CheckPPML Pro is not free but runs faster and does not have a page number limit.

If you are interested in learning more about CheckPPML, here is a link to the CheckPPML page on the PODi web site where you will find additional details and links to download/purchase this PODi software.
http://ppml.podi.org/miscellaneous/check-tools-pro-detail–ppml.php

Why Is An AutoPrice Link Displaying “No Match!” After Being Updated? Part 3

March 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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A “No Match!” condition means the AutoPrice Link (placeholder) has been assigned to a Search Key that does not exist in the database file.  To resolve this, try the following suggestion, Part 3.

Part 3:  If the previous two procedures cannot determine why the placeholder encountered a “No Match” condition … You may email Meadows Publishing Solutions Support a copy of the document that has a “No Match!” placeholder and a copy of the database file (you do not need to send us the document’s fonts or graphic files).  However, if you are using AutoPrice for QuarkXPress, also export your DDF Set to send to us (to do this, open the “Database Definitions” window and click the “Export DDF Set” button).

To send us this information, create a new folder where you can place a copy of the document file, database file, and if you are using QuarkXPress, the Exported DDF Set.  Compress (zip or stuff) the folder, and then email the resulting archive to Meadows Support (support@meadowsps.com).  Also, please include the following information in your email message:

– The version of AutoPrice software that you are using

– The version of the desktop layout application where you are using AutoPrice

– The version of the operating system where you are using AutoPrice

– A description of the problem you encountered, including the steps you took immediately before the problem as well as any steps you took to resolve the problem.

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