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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AutoPrice Speeds Catalog Production

October 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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After years of manually updating our main 900-page catalog, along with numerous smaller ones we produce, we came across AutoPrice, and what a time saver it has been! We can now in a matter of minutes re-price, verify our data, and create our indexes, a job that in the past took weeks of tedious keying, and spot-check proofing. Being a very user-friendly, easy-to-learn add-on, we are looking ahead to other ways we can incorporate its functionality in our chart-heavy applications. I highly recommend Meadows Publishing Solutions; working with them has been nothing short of a positive experience.

Jodi Eyles
Catalog Manager
Nivel Parts & Manufacturing

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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!”

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Minuteman Press is a Winner!

August 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Congratulations to Bill Lynch of Minuteman Press in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bill is the lucky recipient of a DesignMerge Starter software package, one year of technical support, and his choice of training packages! This door prize was given out at the Minuteman Press 2013 World Expo in Chicago August 9. Meadows reported a steady flow of Minuteman Press owners and operators in their booth during the three day expo. They are currently promoting a special offer just for Minuteman Press shops to help them get the DesignMerge variable data software up and running in their locations. For more information, please contact the Meadows sales department. And once again, congratulations to Bill!

DesignMerge at Minuteman Press 2013 World Expo

July 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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We will be showing DesignMerge at the upcoming Minuteman Press World Expo in Chicago. The dates are August 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. If you will be attending the Expo, please be sure to drop by booth 417 to see DesignMerge in action!

Graceland University Relies on DesignMerge to Target Student Recruitment and More!

June 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Graceland University is a private, liberal arts university with 2,300 students and 150 faculty members located on a residential campus in Lamoni, Iowa and an urban campus in Independence, Missouri. The sponsoring church is the Community of Christ, though Graceland celebrates its non-sectarian heritage dating back to 1895 when the university was founded. Students enjoy more than 50 academic majors and programs, a 15:1 student/faculty ratio and 19 varsity and 10 junior-varsity sports.

Following is an interview with Steve Edwards, Director of Creative Services at Graceland, discussing how DesignMerge has helped tto arget student recruitment efforts, while also providing for an increase in general marketing efforts to current students, their parents, alumni and more.

What VDP challenges have you faced in the Education market?

Our most significant business challenge was to cost effectively market to high school students interested in a liberal arts university for higher education. As with most colleges and universities, there is a lot of competition with student recruitment, and the process has become more competitive over the years as universities have implemented variable data technology to personalize their message and target interests directly to prospective students. While we recognized the need to implement variable data printing into our marketing campaigns, each time that we looked at doing variable postcards through an outside service, it was decided that the cost was just too high.

Why did you choose DesignMerge for your VDP implementation?

Graceland was looking at doing variable data brochures and postcards. And at the same time we were also evaluating several new digital presses. We purchased a Canon C6000 and were thrilled that DesignMerge was part of the purchase! We were immediately pleased with the DesignMerge software.

How important do you feel it is to create personalized marketing materials for the purpose of student recruitment/retainment?

The studies all say that you get an increased rate of return when personalizing. I think it’s similar to when main-stream printing moved from black-and-white to all color. Personalization has become so widely adapted that I think it really stands out in a negative way when a piece, especially a postcard, doesn’t have it. It would be along the lines of not placing the recipients name on a letter.

What type of variables are considered in a recruitment piece?

We use VDP for addressing, personalizing names, event-based text (i.e. if a student hasn’t yet paid their deposit, we include a sentence encouraging them to do so), photos based on gender of recipient, entire pages based on academic and sport interest. The simple fact is, if we can imagine a way to segment a population by data, we can use VDP to reach them.

In what other ways have you utilized DesignMerge?

We use DesignMerge in our Annual Fund program (again, a postcard). The VDP on these range from a simple name and address to changing out the entire card face based on academic major or graduation date. We’ve also used it in our homecoming mailing packet, printing multiple letters, pre-filling registration forms with name and address information, and swapping out entire letters based on graduation year. Nametags for various events are extremely easy to produce with DesignMerge. And we’ve also seen an uptick in campus offices having us merge their letters since we can do it faster with DesignMerge than they can through MS Office.

What are the results of your DesignMerge implementation?

We’ve found that DesignMerge’s seamless integration with Adobe InDesign has allowed our creative department to generate complex database-driven publications without having a database reporting specialist. Furthermore, since implementing DesignMerge we’ve been able to greatly reduce our inventory, save money on our overall mailing costs and reduce the number of printed pieces we send out since those that we do send are much more targeted.

AutoPrice Update for QuarkXPress 8 & 9

April 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions has released software updates for AutoPrice for QuarkXPress 8 and 9. These releases include the following changes:

  • Fixes a problem with assigning Aux keys to a placeholder. Previously the keys did not hold with the placeholder, or QuarkXPress crashed.
  • Added support for <SEARCH_KEY()> and <DOC_TEXT()> parameters in PDF Exporter code. This allows the user to specify a series of characters to strip from the search key or doc text before assignment.

If you are currently running AutoPrice for QuarkXPress 8 or 9, we recommend that you update to the latest release at your earliest convenience. The software may be downloaded from our website at:

http://www.meadowsps.com/site/downloads/downloadsap.htm

When updating the AutoPrice software, you will be prompted for an activation code. Please enter the activation code that was provided to you when you purchased the AutoPrice software. Should you have any questions about installing the upgrade, please call or write us at support@meadowsps.com.

If you are not currently at these revision levels, but would like purchase or upgrade information, please contact Mike Clancy at sales@meadowsps.com or by phone at 888-983-6746.

 

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

Batch Print Now Available for QuarkXPress 9

April 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows is pleased to announce that Batch Print is now available for QuarkXPress 9 (on the Macintosh platform).

Batch Print prints hundreds of documents automatically, handling every aspect of the printing operation including one-time page/print setup, automatic picture updates, separation of spot colors, EPS font and color management, and more. Batch Print is ideal for high-volume printing environments where groups of documents must be printed quickly, easily, and without the need for user-intervention! For additional information on Batch Print, please click here

Batch Update Now Available for QuarkXPress 7, 8, & 9

February 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows is pleased to announce that the Batch Update XTensions module is now available for QuarkXPress versions 7, 8, & 9.

The Batch Update module updates all modified and missing pictures throughout an entire group of QuarkXPress documents. It supports three options for missing pictures: Prompt, Skip or Search. Up to 10 different search volumes can be specified along with sub-folder options. Batch Update also generates a complete report file detailing picture usage throughout all documents. For additional information on Batch Update, please click here.

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