AutoPrice for InDesign CS6 Windows Released

June 22, 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 Windows 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.

To find out more about AutoPrice, please visit our website at www.meadowsps.com.

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.

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.

C & A Marketing Empowers Their Clients With AutoPrice Expertise

July 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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C & A Marketing  Corp. is a full-service studio in Elmhurst, IL providing creative and production services to national and multi-national clients for 15 years.  Their specialties include packaging, product manuals, catalogs, photography, retouching, illustration and production consulting. In 2006 C & A took a leap forward in serving their direct-marketing clients by adding catalog database technology to their suite of services.

Following is a short interview with Steve Bailey, Creative Partner for C & A Marketing, discussing how AutoPrice publishing software has helped meet their unique challenges and resulted in increased profits and expanded business opportunities.  Steve states that “With a solution using innovative mix of homegrown content management and AutoPrice catalog publishing software, C & A Marketing has found a profitable balance of supporting catalog production with AutoPrice catalog publishing integration services.”

What business challenges have you faced in the Catalog Production market?

The biggest challenge in catalog production is, quite frankly, making a profit. Catalogers are always looking for faster, lower cost and better. This does not exactly meet the profit goals of an agency where faster means expensive technology and more employees, lower cost means lower margins, and better means hiring top talent. Fortunately C & A Marketing has found a way out of this conundrum.  By offering a catalog solution, rather than simply catalog production, we are able to compete on value, instead of racing for the lowest price. Our clients who purchase catalog solutions find that the service transforms their operations, simplifying their daily business and realizing a net ROI that is greatly in their favor.

For example: A client of ours was entering a new market and needed content collected and published quickly in both print and web channels.  After reviewing their business needs, we determined the best solution was a content portal combined with a method for publishing the content quickly and accurately.

C & A Marketing developed the portal, allowing their client’s 100+ vendors easy access to upload catalog content, images and choice of template. The online portal provides easy status reporting, registrant information and a convenient interface for managing content. Using a combination of proprietary methods, extraordinary service and AutoPrice catalog publishing software, C & A Marketing provided a turnkey solution. The portal provides cross-channel content for both print and web, and has now been in use for five years.

This complete solution includes Content Portal Development, Portal Hosting, Help Desk Support, Content Management, Production Management, Design, Catalog Production and Print Services.

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

AutoPrice catalog publishing software is extremely flexible, and the support from Meadows Publishing Solutions, Inc. is unequaled.  They offer world-class products with service typically reserved for software boutiques.  We were confident that purchasing AutoPrice would mean more than completing our suite of catalog services.  It would allow us to compete as a solution provider rather than just offering standard production services, and we could help clients integrate their own in-house solution.

Whether our client wants to outsource their catalog, or needs help integrating their own solution, C & A Marketing can help.  Our catalog solutions can provide a complete turnkey operation, consulting services for integrating AutoPrice internally, or any combination therein.

What were the results of your AutoPrice integration?

Implementing AutoPrice has improved our service offerings and expanded our business, enabling us to compete as a catalog solution provider rather than a run-of-the-mill production house. Our expanded catalog database capabilities have allowed us to compete with much larger production houses and our linear organization is known for flexibility that others just can not match.

In addition to rounding out our catalog database solutions, we have assisted numerous clients with in-house production departments, in integrating AutoPrice. Our production team has an incredible knowledge base in implementing AutoPrice solutions that empowers our clients with confidence and expertise.


OPMA Improves Efficiency And Increases Profits With AutoPrice

June 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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OPMA is a full-service marketing and advertising agency based in Comstock Park, MI providing creative and production services to national and international clients for over 20 years. Their specialties include custom solutions for catalog companies, including sales flyers, web design, e-commerce, HTML e-mail, multimedia, product photography, image editing, photo-illustration, and B2B/B2C advertising.

Following is a short interview with Kurt Kemperman, Vice President of Design and Production, discussing how AutoPrice publishing software has helped meet the unique challenges of OPMA, resulting in increased profits and expanded business opportunities. Kurt says that, “When it comes to catalog production workflow, the speed and accuracy of AutoPrice is amazing!”

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

The catalog and flyer production services market has become more complex and sophisticated over the years.  Many campaigns require dealer customization, from unique imprints and custom covers to dealer-specific pricing.  An important service we provide our customers is multiple price-version catalogs that target specific sales territories, countries, and many other variables. Our challenge was to find a software solution that would help us automate the process of creating these unique versions, so we could focus on our core business, which is content design and creation.  We continue to look for ways to use technology to increase our efficiency without compromising the design, quality, or attention to detail that our clients have come to expect from OPMA.

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

We evaluate our production process every year in order to stay abreast of new technologies that could offer us a competitive advantage. We compared AutoPrice  to other competing products and have yet to find anything that comes close to its ease of use, flexibility, and value. AutoPrice adapts to our changing needs easily and the Meadows Support Team always delivers if we need assistance.  AutoPrice has been a part of our production process since 1994, and we can’t say that about any other software solution.

What were the results of your AutoPrice integration?

Implementing AutoPrice catalog publishing software has increased our pricing accuracy while reducing the amount of time needed to create multiple price-version catalogs.  This efficiency has enabled us to grow our business and become more profitable. As a result, OPMA can produce a priced product faster and more accurately than our competition.

See DesignMerge VDP and AutoPrice Catalog Software at Print World!

November 10, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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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 software product that has revolutionized catalog production, will be demonstrated in booth 234 at the Print World show, November 20-22, in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

This is our first visit to Canada, so if you are an Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress user looking for a superior Variable Data or Catalog software package, this is a fantastic opportunity to meet directly with the Meadows Publishing Solutions team.

We hope to see you there!

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