AutoPrice for InDesign CS6 Macintosh Released

June 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is pleased to announce that AutoPrice is now available for Adobe InDesign CS6 for the Macintosh platform!

For purchase or upgrade information, please contact Mike Clancy at sales@meadowsps.com or by phone at 888-983-6746 (U.S. & Canada) or 847-882-8202.

AutoPrice is an easy-to-use plug-in module that greatly reduces production time when formatting, updating and manipulating pricing and product information within a QuarkXPress or InDesign document. 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.

Index Builder for QuarkXPress 9 MAC now Available!

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Our Index Builder software is now available for QuarkXPress 8 for the Macintosh platform! Index Builder is a software module that automates the creation of catalog indexes. Using the Index Builder software, catalog publishers can drastically reduce the production time required for creating a catalog index from hours to minutes! For additional information, please click here.

AutoPrice for QuarkXPress 9

December 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is pleased to announce that AutoPrice is now available for QuarkXPress 9 for the Macintosh platform!

For purchase or upgrade information, please contact Mike Clancy at sales@meadowsps.com or by phone at 888-983-6746 (U.S. & Canada) or 847-882-8202.

AutoPrice is an easy-to-use plug-in module that greatly reduces production time when formatting, updating and manipulating pricing and product information within a QuarkXPress or InDesign document. 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.

Index Builder for CS5/5.5 WINDOWS!

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Our Index Builder software is now available for InDesign CS5/5.5 for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms! Index Builder is a software module that automates the creation of catalog indexes. Using the Index Builder software, catalog publishers can drastically reduce the production time required for creating a catalog index from hours to minutes! For additional information, please click here.

See Us at Graph Expo!

August 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows will be demonstrating the very latest versions of DesignMerge and AutoPrice in booth 352 at Graph Expo, September 11-14 at McCormick Place South in Chicago. Please stop by for a personalized demonstration.

We hope to see you there!

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.

AutoPrice Automates Catalog Production For Dultmeier Sales!

July 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Dultmeier Sales, LLC located in Omaha, Nebraska has been a distributor and supplier to the Car & Truck Wash industries for over 25 years, and a supplier of equipment to Industrial and Agri-Business customers for over 75 years. They are a small company with 70 employees and two locations, serving the Great Plains market in the U.S.

Dultmeier prides itself on attention to customer service. In fact their company motto is “To have the products and supplies you need, when you need them and to get them to you in a fast and courteous manner.”  Their customers know that they come first, and as a result Dultmeier enjoys a very loyal customer base.

Following is a short interview with Rich Long, Advertising Manager for Dultmeier Sales, discusing how AutoPrice software has helped meet their business challenges, resulting in increased profits and expanded business opportunities.  Rich states that, “AutoPrice has been a godsend!”  We produce four catalogs per year with over 400 pages each, representing 75,000 different products.”

What business challenges have you faced in the catalog production market?

Our catalog production department uses Adobe InDesign on Macintosh computers for layout work.  Our biggest challenge was how to efficiently price our catalogs.  Prior to AutoPrice, it took eight salespeople, two catalog production people, and about four weeks to price and proof just one catalog!

Before implementing AutoPrice, we had numerous discussions with our programmers on how to automate the pricing process of our catalogs. Their answer was always the same, “since our descriptions and pricing are not uniform, it is virtually impossible to do.” It was even suggested that we redo all of the pricing and part numbers in the catalogs to conform with a table format that InDesign could handle. Then, we were told, a program could be written that would transfer pricing from our mainframe to the catalog pages. However restricting the catalog layouts to the InDesign table format would not have allowed us the flexibility requires to design our pages.

Why did you choose AutoPrice to be a part of your catalog service offering?

I spoke to Meadows Publishing Solutions regarding their AutoPrice catalog software. Our Meadows representative explained that the AutoPrice solution was already fully integrated with InDesign.  Implementing it would completely automate our price updates accurately and efficiently while still allowing for complete flexibility in designing our pages.  He was right! After reviewing the AutoPrice software demonstration, we were convinced that it was the solution we had been seeking.

What were the results of your AutoPrice integration?

We easily integrated AutoPrice into our existing InDesign catalog pages. After receiving pricing from our mainframe we run the AutoPrice batch system. The built-in reporting feature provides immediate feedback, flagging any errors or missing data that it may encounter.  The only errors we find are ones attributed to human error and improper tagging, and not from the AutoPrice pricing procedures.  I can now price one of my 400 page catalogs in about 25 minutes instead of the three and a half weeks that it took previously.

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