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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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.

DesignMerge Helps Yorke Increase Productivity and Grow Their Business

April 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Yorke is right-sized by design – small enough to give each job close attention, big enough to respond quickly and effectively. Offset printing is where they earned their reputation. On the digital side, they can handle anything you can throw at them – black& white, color, variable data, digital storefront development, you name it! Their pricing is competitive and their streamlined digital work-flow means turn-around times are insanely fast. The real advantage to using Yorke for digital printing jobs is that they apply the same quality control and attention to detail that they would on an offset job.

Following is a short interview with Yorke discussing how the DesignMerge software has helped them to increase productivity while offering new services to their clients. The result has been a steady growth in business that they see continuing into the future.

 

arrowbulletWhat type of work do you do with DesignMerge?

We use DesignMerge for both offset and digital printing. We apply DesignMerge variable data techniques for business cards, name tags, labels, mass appeal letters, reply cards and postcards, as well as self promotion mailings for our business. We also reprogram client data to match preprinted materials.

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

Previously when we received an Excel file with data, we would copy the information from the Excel file and paste the information directly into the application file. Now, we make an InDesign file of the base art and a layer with the variable information and DesignMerge does the rest, merging the files together. We can choose to create a variety of file types for the end result, including an InDesign file. Recently we have been reprogramming the data files from clients to match or change character size and/or style in order to maintain their corporate graphic standards.

The Meadows support team has been very responsive to our needs; helping us along the way to fulfill each client request and working with our prepress department until all issues are resolved. The support team often gives us step-by-step instructions which is extremely useful. The Meadows website contains an extensive Knowledge Base along with training videos and webinars that we can access anytime they are needed, giving us multiple ways to find the answers we need to service our clients.

arrowbulletWhy did you choose DesignMerge?

We chose DesignMerge because we felt the price was right, the interface was user friendly, the capabilities were wide ranging, and the level of technical support provided was expansive. After reading other testimonials, we felt Meadows was a company that mirrored our own philosophy on customer service.

arrowbulletWhat have been the results of implementing DesignMerge in your workflow

Using DesignMerge has increased our productivity and allowed us to offer new services to our clients, which positively impacts our customer relationships and revenue.

arrowbulletDo you see this aspect of your business growing?

We have seen steady growth in the use of VDP and expect that trend to continue. We are excited to offer this service to our customers and feel we will be very successful in doing so. Our responsiveness to client needs is a key differentiator for Yorke, and the addition of DesignMerge to our toolbox has definitely improved our capability in that area.

To see samples of a few of the variable data jobs that are produced by Yorke, please click here.

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Scripting & Print Automation Modules

February 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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For the ultimate in workflow automation, Meadows offers a Scripting Module that provides access to a very robust scripting library. This module allows several of the Meadows software modules (including DesignMerge, AutoPrice, and CopyFit) to be controlled and directed from within the AppleScript, JavaScript or VBScript environments. In addition, DesignMerge customers can create custom “actions” that can be attached to any DesignMerge rule.

For print-based workflows, the MPS Print Automation Module extends the Scripting Module capabilities by providing access to a set of scripting commands used to control full PPML output. This module is a must-have for any DesignMerge or AutoPrice power-user.

DesignMerge Helps Automate Identification Services’ Badge Release Program

September 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Originally founded in 1971 as a retail provider of engraved products, Identification Services has grown into a full-line manufacturer of promotional products for an international market. Located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Identification Services uses the latest technology for both customer service and manufacturing, and the DesignMerge Variable Data Software is an integral part of that offering. DesignMerge allows Identification Services to easily and quickly merge multiple fields of variable data into predefined templates to create custom products of varying complexity.

Following is a short interview with Jillisa Kraetz, Identification Services production artist, who discusses how DesignMerge has helped Identification Services expand its offerings and improve its bottom line.

What type of work do you do with DesignMerge?

As a supplier to the promotional products industry, we use DesignMerge to merge variable data when creating name badges, promotional magnets, and event bag tags. We also print consecutive numbering for products such as parking passes and employee ID badges.

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

Our main product line is comprised of custom name badges. Customers may want names, logos, photos and bar codes on their badges. We needed a program that allows us to merge all of these fields at once, no matter how many options the customer wants printed on the badge. We also have customers who do short runs (often only one or two badges at a time) and we had to find a way to do this economically.

Why did you choose DesignMerge?

The built-in Group Picture feature in DesignMerge allows us to easily populate templates with “pre- formatted” badges and then merge the unique fields of data onto each badge, all in one step. We also like how DesignMerge allows us to easily merge single badges from multiple customers onto one template that can be printed and die-cut at the same time.

DesignMerge is also the only program we have found that has built-in copyfitting. This feature automatically adjusts both letter spacing and word spacing in order to fit the merged data into the layout without manual intervention.

And for those jobs that require consecutive numbering, DesignMerge tackles this requirement without issue.

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

DesignMerge has been a big time-saver for us. It allows us the capability of merging multiple layouts (with numerous variable fields) for various customers into a single file, which also results in a materials savings because we are able to “gang” jobs up.

Having DesignMerge has allowed us to more fully automate our popular “Prepaid Badge Release Program,” which makes it easy for customers to order the small quantities of products that may arise after placing their initial order. On the initial order, extra product is paid for and placed in our online inventory system for later release. When customers are ready to order more personalized product, they simply go to our website and enter the required names into predefined fields and submit their order. We can then gang hundreds of small orders together saving materials, time, and finishing costs.

Do you see this aspect of your business growing?

Yes, as the economy continues to grow we expect to see an increase in badge and ID requirements, as well as other personalized marketing and promotional materials.

To read this case study online and see sample output from their “Prepaid Badge Release Program” please click here.

Are You Ready for Intelligent Bar Codes?

January 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Intelligent Mail is Here!

On January 28, 2013, the Postal Service will require the use of the Intelligent Mail barcodes to qualify for automation prices. Say goodbye to PostNet!

All Mailers and Printers will need to be able to create and print Intelligent Mail barcodes. Luckily, our DesignMerge software for InDesign and QuarkXPress is ready to go, providing built-in support for fully variable Intelligent Mail barcodes.

To see DesignMerge in action, please click the link below to view a movie of this process, or visit http://www.meadowsps.com/usps/ for more information.

video re: Creating Variable Intelligent Mail Bar Codes with Designmerge

New Software Releases for Adobe InDesign CS6

July 12, 2012 by · 2 Comments
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Meadows is pleased to announce the release of two more software modules for Adobe InDesign CS6.

Page Printer allows the user to output each page or spread of a document in EPS or PostScript format. For EPS output, users have the option of embedding fonts within the EPS files. For PostScript output, users have the option of creating PostScript disk files, or printing directly to a PostScript printer. The Page Printer module is currently available for the Macintosh platform only. For additional information on Page Printer, please click here.

Index Builder is a software module that provides a very powerful set of tools for creating catalog indexes. Unlike standard indexing products, MPS Index Builder was designed to serve the special needs of catalogers, with a number of unique features that make the product ideal for catalog workflows. Index Builder for InDesign CS6 is available for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. For additional product information, please click here.

Grabbers For QuarkXPress 9

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is pleased to announce the release of The Grabber XTensions for QuarkXPress 9! Text, Tab, Copy, and Math Grabber are easy-to-use products that can greatly reduce production time when formatting and manipulating tabular data within a QuarkXPress document.

Each Grabber uses the incredibly simple “marquee” method of text and element selection. Forget about drag-selecting the old-fashioned way. Just click one of our tools and “grab” the text you wish to change.

We have Grabber XTensions for changing character attributes and tab settings, performing mathematical calculations, and enhancing the cut, copy, and paste features!

The Grabber XTensions are used by hundreds of well-known catalogers and financial publishers in the U.S. and around the world. To find out more about the MPS Grabbers, please visit our website.

For information on purchasing or upgrading the Grabbers, please contact our sales department.

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!

Make the Move to VDP Now!

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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What’s holding you back?

With DesignMerge variable data software it’s never been easier to become thee commercial printer that offers what your customers really want … personalized marketing materials!

If that doesn’t get you moving forward, here’s a few more reasons.

* Gain new customers, increase profitability
* Differentiate your business from the competition.
* Charge more for VDP marketing materials.
* No more outsourcing … you become the “go-to” printer
* Keep your loyal customers happy!

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