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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PDF/VT and DesignMerge

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has released a white paper explaining what PDF/VT is and its advantages. GWG believes that support of PDF/VT is essential for variable print markets. Our DesignMerge product, always on the cutting edge, fully supports PDF/VT. To read the press release from GWG, and access their white paper, please click on the following link:

http://whattheythink.com/news/68148-gwg-explains-pdfvt-easiest-route-variable-data-printing-workflow-success-new-white-paper/

 

New Training Packages for AutoPrice & DesignMerge

February 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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We are pleased to announce several new training options for the DesignMerge and AutoPrice software programs. Whether you are a new user or just looking for a refresher, we have a training option to suit your needs.

Webinar Training Package: Our expert leads an online training session, with the trainee actually “driving” the software.

On-Site Training Package: Instruction is held on-site at the client’s premises. Our expert leads the training session, which covers all available features while offering insights and tips.

Job Setup Package: As an add-on to either our Webinar or On-Site Training package, the Job Setup Package provides an added measure of confidence for the client’s first application of the software. Our experts will provide the setup for your first job and then schedule an onsite session to review the process with you!

Consultation Package: Setup as a Q&A session, this package is for clients who have been previously trained, but would now like further insight and tips on using the software to its fullest capacity.

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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 is the Ideal Tool for Gifts For You Now Personalized Product Line

December 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Gifts For You Now is a provider of personalized gifts for all occasions, with a mission to provide personalized gift solutions for everyone and every occasion. With a primary focus on creating highly personalized gifts, they offer many design options for creating truly unique products. DesignMerge is the perfect tool for helping them achieve that goal.

Following is a short interview with Jim Tuchler Owner and President of Gifts For You Now, 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 are a personalized gift company. Many of our products are sold with beautiful designs that can be personalized by adding names and/or photos to them. We use DesignMerge to facilitate the merging of customer expression data with the variable data fields in our InDesign layouts.

arrowbulletWhat kind of challenges have you faced in the Variable Data Printing (VDP) market?
Initially we were using QuarkXpress, and as legacy software, it had outlived its usefulness. Using the cominbation of Adobe InDesign and DesignMerge, we have the speed, product stability, and support that we were seeking in a new software solution.

arrowbulletWhy did you choose DesignMerge?
DesignMerge offered the best feature set for the price, and it met our specific needs with regards to merging both text and pictures. And it integrates well with InDesign, which is the primary layout tool that we use here at Gifts For You Now.

arrowbulletWhat have been the results of implementing DesignMerge in your workflow?
We have experienced faster merging of data, increased stability, and we have gained peace of mind knowing that we’re using contemporary, well-supported software that continues to evolve. All of this has helped us to improve our bottom line and subsequently grow our business.

arrowbulletYou use a combination of Pro and Starter. Can you elaborate on that a bit?
Absolutely. We use the DesignMerge Pro seats for our desktops that are dedicated to file merging, and we use the DesignMerge Starter seats in order to accommodate seasonal increases in orders. For example, to meet the demands of the holiday season, our staff will increase from about 35 employees to 100! The DesignMerge Pro and Starter packages is a good mix for our needs.

The following sample demonstrates a few of the personalized products that were created by Gifts For Your Now using the DesignMerge software:

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Adventure Life Wins Big with Custom Travel Brochures Created Using DesignMerge!

November 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Adventure Life (www.adventure-life.com) is an adventure travel company that provides custom and small group tours in Latin America and Africa, and small-ship cruises throughout the world. They offer over 100 different itineraries in South & Central America and Africa, as well as hundreds of small-ship cruises to less conventional destinations such as the Arctic, Antarctica and Alaska.

Custom catalogs are tailored to an individual’s interests. Data captured online is processed through the DesignMerge software using a system developed by Meadows Publishing Solutions. The end-result is a fully personalized travel guide and brochure complete with variable text, articles and graphics, all based on the visitor’s trip selections. Final PDF files are automatically produced and made available for electronic delivery, and are also printed digitally. The results of this software solution have been so successful that Adventure Life was recently named a gold winner for their customized trip catalogs by Travel Weekly’s 2013 Magellan Awards!

Following is a short interview with Aaron Conway, Chief Technology Officer at Adventure Life, discussing how the DesignMerge software has allowed them to create a custom solution for their unique marketing requirements.

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

Our initial challenge was finding a solution that could not only handle variable data in a document, but would also allow a variable number of pages and variable page order. We were not able to find a prepackaged solution, but Meadows was able to work with our requirements and modify DesignMerge to fit our needs.

arrowbulletWhy did you choose DesignMerge for your VDP implementation?

We chose DesignMerge because of the confidence that the Meadows staff gave us. They assured us that what we were trying to accomplish with our project was attainable and could be customized within a reasonable time frame.

arrowbulletWhat were the results of your DesignMerge implementation?

We have had a very positive response to the custom catalogs. Each traveler’s needs are unique for every trip they go on and since information is constantly changing, and we are always adding and updating trips, providing custom catalogs gets the latest and most relevant information out to our customers. They see that we are able to meet their individual needs at a very customized level. The tailor-made catalog is the first step in ensuring that we offer experiences that are inspiring, authentic and unique.

arrowbulletDo you see this aspect of your business growing in the future?

We are constantly adding to our catalog, so our presentation materials will continue to expand. We have been very pleased with the results of our custom catalogs and plan to continue to use DesignMerge to produce each one individually. It seems like DesignMerge is a very flexible tool and there is great potential to use it in other aspects of variable data printing.

arrowbulletCan you provide any examples of your work?

Sure! To see an example of some of the variable pages in an Adventure Life brochure, please click here.

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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.

HR Graphics Uses DesignMerge

September 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“DesignMerge is great software! We only use it for numbering and it’s worth every penny. It allows us to take on more work and not be afraid of meeting deadlines. It’s a must for any digital printing outfit. We can’t wait to explore what else it can do for us!”

HR Graphics

DesignMerge Customer Testimonial

August 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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“The DesignMerge Software has far exceeded our expectations, as well as expanded our capabilities in the realm of variable data production. The easy-to-navigate interface, combined with its robust functionality make it user-friendly and very much capable of processing practically all document types and layouts that contain multiple variable components.

We have used DesignMerge to create new templates for all of our outgoing mail applications. We also use it on a weekly basis for all of our internal correspondence to over 300,000 members and partners. DesignMerge, in my opinion, far surpasses all other software applications that offer similar functionality. I highly recommend DesignMerge for any and all companies that require variable data production.”

Aaron Price
Print Center Supervisor
World Changers Church International

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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

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