DesignMerge Now Available for Creative Cloud 2015

August 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is pleased to announce the release of DesignMerge  for Adobe® Creative Cloud 2015, supporting both Macintosh and Windows-based platforms.

DesignMerge® Pro provides users with sophisticated variable data publishing, personalized printing, and document automation features. The module works within the InDesign® application, enabling professional mail-merge, variable data printing, and document automation features. The entire process is database-driven, completely flexible, and very easy to use.

DesignMerge can easily support variable text, picture, article, and even complete InDesign layouts and master pages. All of the features of Adobe InDesign are available when using DesignMerge software, so advanced features such as variable type-on-a-curve are easily supported. DesignMerge also outputs the most popular variable data printing formats including PostScript, PPML, Creo VPS and PDF/VT. The product is fully compatible with systems offered by Konica Minolta, Canon, Creo, EFI, Fujifilm, HP and Ricoh, among others. For more information about DesignMerge technology, please visit www.designmerge.com.

“DesignMerge is so awesome!” – Beth Erlandson

November 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Beth Erlandson, owner/project manager at Silverline Digital in Madison, WI went to the PRINT show in Chicago with the sole purpose of finding a VDP (Variable Data Print) software solution for her company. While other programs that she looked at could accomplish some of the things that she required, when she came upon DesignMerge she knew immediately that it checked all of the boxes and was the solution she had been seeking.

To read the full press release on how DesignMerge and Silverline Digital make a winning combination, please click this link:

http://www.meadowsps.com/site/marketing/newsletter/CS-Silverline.html

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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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Meadows and Kodak Certify DesignMerge Software for Kodak NexPress Press Users

October 13, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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News Highlights

  • DesignMerge Pro is an award-winning suite of plug-in modules that allow users to quickly and easily create variable data output from any Adobe InDesign document;
  • Kodak has tested and approved DesignMerge software for use on all Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Presses;
  • DesignMerge works well with the Kodak NexPress Fifth Imaging Station inks, which are ideal for specialty VDP applications;
  • Meadows and Kodak will be demonstrating their products in booth #439 and #831, respectively, at the Graph Expo show, September 28–October 1, 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL – so please stop by for a demonstration!
  • For more information, please go to www.meadowsps.com.

Schaumburg, IL– September 23, 2014— Meadows Publishing Solutions and Kodak today announced that the Meadows DesignMerge Pro Variable Data Software has been tested and approved for use with the Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Press.

Read the full press release here:
http://www.meadowsps.com/site/marketing/pressreleases/MPSKodakRelease.htm

DesignMerge and AutoPrice for Creative Cloud 2014

September 11, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions today announced the release of DesignMerge Pro and AutoPrice for Adobe® Creative Cloud 2014, supporting both Macintosh and Windows-based platforms.

DesignMerge® Pro provides users with sophisticated variable data publishing, personalized printing, and document automation features. The module works within the InDesign® application, enabling professional mail-merge, variable data printing, and document automation features. The entire process is database-driven, completely flexible, and very easy to use.

DesignMerge can easily support variable text, picture, article, and even complete InDesign layouts and master pages. All of the features of Adobe InDesign are available when using DesignMerge software, so advanced features such as variable type-on-a-curve are easily supported. DesignMerge also outputs the most popular variable data printing formats including PostScript, PPML, Creo VPS and PDF/VT. The product is fully compatible with systems offered by Konica Minolta, Canon, Creo, EFI, Fujifilm, HP and Ricoh, among others. For more information about DesignMerge technology, please visit www.designmerge.com.

AutoPrice is a powerful, yet easy to use, tool for linking text and graphics in any type of database to Adobe InDesign documents, vastly streamlining production. Proven over 20 years by many of the largest catalog and financial publishers throughout the world, AutoPrice has set the standard for plug-in based data connectivity software.

As the name implies, AutoPrice is engineered to automate the process of inserting, updating and versioning prices for catalogs, retail flyers and similar publications. It is also ideal for updating timetables, phone lists or any other type of information that can be referenced from a database or spreadsheet file. For more information about MPS software, please visit http://www.meadowsps.com.

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 for Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud

June 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Meadows Publishing Solutions is happy to announce that their DesignMerge Variable Data Software is now available for Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud, on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms! DesignMerge is an award-winning suite of plug-ins that allow users to quickly and easily create variable data output from any InDesign document. DesignMerge includes many sophisticated VDP features including automatic copy-fitting, menu-driven conditional logic programming, multi-up layout support, as well as PPML, PostScript, Creo VPS, and PDF/VT output.

WAM Print|Mail|Fulfillment Uses DesignMerge Software to Build on Their Reputation For the Finest in Print and Mail Services

May 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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For more than 50 years, the professionals at WAM Print|Mail|Fulfillment have provided their customers with design, printing and mailing services with a focus on superior service and quality. Their goal is to combine current technology, talented employees and team effort to provide efficient, on-target mailing, printing and data services. WAM offers a wide array of services, including everything from mail piece design and digital printing, all the way to pickup and delivery to the post office. A large part of their business also includes variable data printing services with output on a variety of digital color presses, including the Konica Minolta C8000. WAM’s commitment to customer service and quality ensures that they will continue to be a leader in the industry for many years to come.

Following is a brief interview with Graphic Designer and IT Specialist, Janessa Stam, of WAM. Janessa shares a few details about WAM’s implementation of DesignMerge software in conjunction with the Konica Minolta C8000 and other digital color presses.

arrowbulletWhat type of work do you do with DesignMerge?

We do quite a bit of Variable Data Print, primarily for producing direct mail pieces, personalized postcards, and the like. Many of our designs require real-time data and layout processing features, which allow us to craft our direct mail pieces for a particular client or audience. The Rules engine that DesignMerge offers has been instrumental in the success of our targeted mailings.

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

Our primary challenge was to find a software program that was both well supported, and also able to handle highly variable pieces. In addition to variable text and images, we wanted to be able to vary document layouts and other styling features to potentially achieve a different look and feel for each piece. We also have a number of specialty data situations such as complicated Title Case and data manipulation requirements that we needed to address.

arrowbulletWhy did you choose DesignMerge?

DesignMerge offered the capabilities we required to meet our customers needs at an affordable price while giving us options to expand our variable data capabilities. Additionally, DesignMerge offered quick and thorough responses to our questions, and assistance with any problems we had. Beyond that we have been able to use the DesignMerge scripting capability to address a number of sophisticated data processing challenges.

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

We love the ability to merge to a variety of output types, and our customers have been very happy with the new capabilities that DesignMerge offers. Because DesignMerge is based on Adobe InDesign, we have complete freedom over our designs, and this has really helped us to think outside the box when it comes to VDP applications. We have used DesignMerge software on jobs as large as 800,000+ records, and the “job chunking” feature of DesignMerge means that we can just set it up and let it run with no need for any manual intervention.

arrowbulletYou mentioned using the DesignMerge Scripting features for a couple of projects. How did that work out?

For one mailer, we were in need of a solution to handle title case switching of first and last names. The data provided by the client contained all caps, and we needed to convert those into proper case without having to edit the database information. In addition, we needed a solution to handle more complicated title case conversions, for names like MACDONALD or ONEILL, where there is more to it than just capitalizing the first letter. The DesignMerge team provided us with their MPS Title Case script that handled all of our requirements, and it was incredibly easy to implement. Here are a few examples of the title case conversions the script can handle:

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On another job, we needed to be able to strip out partial pricing information from full price values that were being imported from the database. For example, we needed to import only the dollar portion of a price, so if the data contained “10.00″, we only wanted to merge the “10″ portion of the price. Meadows provided us with another script called the MPS Price Parser which easily handled this condition. The script also provided other features for stripping cents and percentage values from pricing data, which we may use on future projects. Implementation of the script for this project was fast and very easy to do.

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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/

 

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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