DesignMerge Output Formats

February 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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This video demonstrates the DesignMerge Output Formats.

DesignMerge Variable Articles Feature

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This video demonstrates the DesignMerge Variable Articles module.

AutoPrice Catalog Publishing Software Delivers!

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AutoPrice™ provides sophisticated linking of QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign documents to any external database of information. As the name implies, AutoPrice is great for performing pricing updates on catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications, but is also perfect for updating phone lists, time tables, or any other type of information that can be referenced by a “key value” such as product number (SKU)

For more information, please visit AutoPrice at

DesignMerge and AutoPrice at On Demand!

February 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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DesignMerge Pro, our award-winning suite of variable data printing and data publishing software for Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress, and AutoPrice, our catalog software product that has revolutionized catalog production, will be demonstrated in booth 2937 at the On Demand tradeshow, March 22-24, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D. C.

Please stop by for a personalized demonstration, or visit our web site at

DesignMerge Variable Layouts Module

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This video demonstrates the DesignMerge Variable Layouts module.

New To DesignMerge? Check Out Our Training Options

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Meadows offers many different ways to become familiar with the DesignMerge software!

For those who prefer to “fly solo”: The DesignMerge Tutorial Manual provides step-by-step instructions with screenshots and detailed descriptions of Basic and Optional features of this award-winning variable data publishing extensions software for QuarkXPress and for Adobe InDesign. You can find the Tutorial Manual as well as other helpful DesignMerge Documentation, all available in PDF format, in the DesignMerge product folder which the DesignMerge installer places in your system’s Applications or Program Files folder.

For those who prefer to “fly with a co-pilot”: Meadows provides several different types of web conferencing and on-site training packages, where a DesignMerge expert guides you in getting started, providing great variable data publishing tips along the way. Our expert training staff has years of experience using DesignMerge software in both Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress, and can find answers to any questions you may have.

• Web conferencing training packages include: Just the Basics, Basics & Optional Features, A Refresher Course, Consulting, and Custom Job Set-Ups. Any of these web conferencing training packages can be presented as a demonstration or as a hands-on session where the trainee actually “drives” the software while the observing instructor provides the directions.

• The on-site training packages cover all features of the DesignMerge software with particular emphasis on integrating DesignMerge into your production workflow, including printing DesignMerge output on your digital print systems.

If you are interested in any of these DesignMerge training packages, please contact our sales department, or visit our web site for more information

Why DesignMerge Is The Best Solution For VDP

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When it comes to variable data printing, we are obviously big fans of plug-in technology, as it’s been our exclusive focus for almost 16 years.  But there’s another reason for our long term commitment … You, the professional digital printer that’s trying to compete, provide state-of-the-art solutions to your market, and make a profit.

With DesignMerge, you’ll be able to reach all three goals efficiently.  Let’s take a closer look at DesignMerge to back up our position.

DesignMerge is a fantastic VDP tool for a large variety of VDP jobs, and has no limit on the number of records it can process.  The average output speed of DesignMerge is much faster than the speed of most digital presses on the market today.  However, as much as we like DesignMerge, we also feel that eventually, customers wishing to fully support VDP may ultimately wish to utilize more than one application.

For instance, if typically running VDP jobs with 50,000 or more data records, that are needed within a couple of hours, it may be necessary to look at a high-speed VDP application.  While faced with some limitations, the trade-off will be that the output can be produced more quickly.

The “templated” approach to VDP addresses an entirely different segment of the market, where a VDP template is created and stored on the digital press.  Then, an automated data stream is fed to the press and the entire merge and print process happens there.  This approach is even more limited than using a standalone VDP application, but it does offer advantages for automated processes where the document design is relatively simple and the variable data is minimal.

DesignMerge has output drivers for several template formats, but a manufacturers code is required to install on your printing press.

The Variable Data Printing Choice: DesignMerge Plug-in Solution vs. Stand Alone’s

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Where are you at with variable data printing these days … stuck in Standaloneville or ready to move up to plug-in technology? Keep in mind your investment, both in terms of time and money, and that will lead you to the best overall decision.

Let’s look closely at some facts. Many of the desktop variable data printing products on the market today all share a common flaw, they utilize their own composition engines.

What does that mean? Well, the way that most of these packages work is to separate the “fixed” portion of a document from the “variable” portion of the document. Typically, the user is instructed to save the fixed portion of the job as a “background form” in PDF or some other format. If they are working in QuarkXPress or InDesign, it is up to them to delete or suppress the variable portion of the document, then save what’s left out as a PDF file. Humm…

Once the fixed file is created, the user then runs a completely separate variable data printing application. Most of the standalone VDP applications are themselves page layout applications, and they provide tools that are very similar to QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign. The user places the background form onto the page in the VDP page layout software, and this becomes the fixed portion of the document.

Next, using the tools provided by the variable program, they create and “overlay” the variable portion of the document on top of the fixed graphic, being careful to properly align the variable data so that when everything is printed, the composite piece is properly aligned. Even if you are careful, the final document will still look pieced together! UGH! Let’s stop here and review…

If you’re really interested in professional quality output, easy-to-use plug-in technology for all your marketing campaigns, an excellent return on your investment, expandable to meet your variable needs now and in the future, then join us for a free demonstration of DesignMerge, the best VDP plug-in solution on the market today.

DesignMerge Rules Module

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This video demonstrates the powerful DesignMerge Rules Module.

DesignMerge Variable Pictures and Text

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It’s easy to make your pictures and text variable with DesignMerge.