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Direct Mail

Personalized direct mail postcards and letters are a breeze with DesignMerge. Even complex conditional rules seem trivial, when there is no programming language to learn.

Tags & Labels

The built-in imposition features of DesignMerge make tag and label processing easy to manage. Output options are available for both sheet-fed and roll-fed devices.

Catalog & Retail

Instantly update prices, descriptive copy, and even images with the click of a button. No more manual price changes or data entry mistakes, and generate reports just to be sure.

Bar Coding

Need a set of UPC bar codes for your retail tags, or a variable QR Code for your custom mailing? The DesignMerge bar code modules handle it all.

Direct Mail

Personalized direct mail postcards and letters are a breeze with DesignMerge. Even complex conditional rules seem trivial, when there is no programming language to learn.

Tags & Labels

The built-in imposition features of DesignMerge make tag and label processing easy to manage. Output options are available for both sheet-fed and roll-fed devices.

Catalog & Retail

Instantly update prices, descriptive copy, and even images with the click of a button. No more manual price changes or data entry mistakes, and generate reports just to be sure.

Bar Coding

Need a set of UPC bar codes for your retail tags, or a variable QR Code for your custom mailing? The DesignMerge bar code modules handle it all.

SOFTWARE PRODUCTS

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About Meadows

Meadows Publishing Solutions is a software development and integration company that provides unique and powerful solutions for variable data printing and data publishing applications. Central to all of our solutions is our DesignMerge ® product line, which is a suite of commercial software products that have been utilized by hundreds of companies worldwide to streamline and automate their data publishing workflows.

Quite simply, DesignMerge software connects data with documents to keep content current, or to produce personalized output in a variety of print and digital formats. As with all of our solutions, DesignMerge exemplifies our core design philosophy, which is heavily focused on productivity and ease of use.

DesignMerge software is controlled via a simple user interface, and requires no programming skills. The direct integration with Adobe InDesign provides the ultimate in creative design flexibility and ensures high-quality results. If you already know Adobe InDesign, then you are going to love DesignMerge!

DesignMerge for Variable Data

DesignMerge Pro is an award-winning variable data printing and publishing software suite that works directly with Adobe® InDesign®. The software has been utilized by thousands of companies worldwide to produce personalized output for both print and digital applications.

Everything from simple direct mail postcards and letters, all the way up to fully variable custom brochures and catalogs, are being produced with DesignMerge Pro software. Whether you are producing a short run set of personalized PDF files, or printing thousands of custom mailers, DesignMerge Pro includes the power and features to get the job done.

And it’s all so easy! The document setup and preparation require no programming skills at all, and every aspect of the software can be controlled using a well-designed set of menus and panels. Bottom line, if you already know Adobe InDesign, then you will immediately feel right at home with DesignMerge Pro.

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DesignMerge for Catalog and Retail

DesignMerge Catalog is the original Meadows software product that was developed with a specific purpose in mind – to provide catalogers and retailers with a way to quickly update pricing, pictures, descriptive copy and other content in their document pages in a fully automated fashion.

Using DesignMerge Catalog software, our customers now save hours of preparation and proofing time, and manual price changes are a thing of the past. Just open a document, select a menu item, and almost instantly every tagged item in your catalog is updated from your database in seconds.

Of course once you get the data in, you sometimes also need to get the data out, and the DesignMerge Catalog reporting features make that easy as well. There are also features for indexing, product hyperlink creation, automatic page building, batch processing, and many other things that just about every cataloger and retailer will love.

DesignMerge for Automation

When it comes to lights-out automation, our DesignMerge suite of software has you covered. We partnered with Enfocus to develop a specialized module for their Switch application, which allows you to craft totally automated variable data workflows.

Drag a CSV file into a hot folder, or communicate directly with your web-to-print system. When the input is ready, the rest of the process is handed off to DesignMerge Pro and Enfocus Switch to do all of the heavy lifting. Packaging, preflighting, imposition, and merging are all handled along the way, with full error checking and routing at every stop.

If you already have your own custom workflow in place, DesignMerge software provides access to a robust programming API so you can integrate with your existing system to add VDP features, resulting in a totally customized solution. For online systems, we’ve also got you covered with our DesignMerge Server and DesignMerge Queue solutions, which offer the perfect solution to complex online composition challenges.

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Free Software

Meadows Productivity Suite

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The Meadows Productivity Suite (or MPS Pro Suite for short) is a brand new set of software tools developed by Meadows Publishing Solutions, and designed to streamline certain common publishing tasks for Adobe InDesign users. The first version of the MPS Pro Suite allows you to quickly create advanced multi-up imposition layouts of graphics, PDF files, and other file types directly in any Adobe InDesign document.

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If you are interested in seeing DesignMerge software presented live and in person, please click the button below to submit your request and we will contact you soon.

DesignMerge Pro Optional Modules

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Linear Bar Code Module

Supports UPC, Code 128, Code 39 and more

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2D Bar Code Module

Supports QR Code, Data Matrix, and PDF 417 bar codes

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Group Picture Module

Provides support for variable layouts and groups

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Price Style Module

Supports UPC, Code 128, Code 39 and more

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Pro Pack Module

Provides specialty scripts and custom action development

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Scripting Module

Used to develop custom automation projects

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Linear Bar Code Module

Supports UPC, Code 128, Code 39 and more

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2D Bar Code Module

Supports QR Code, Data Matrix, and PDF 417 bar codes

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Group Picture Module

Provides support for variable layouts and groups

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Price Style Module

Supports UPC, Code 128, Code 39 and more

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Pro Pack Module

Provides specialty scripts and custom action development

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Scripting Module

Used to develop custom automation projects

This paragraph would provide descriptive copy about the module or tutorial that we might be talking about, and introduce the upcoming section. It might also list what is included in the document. Basically just your standard paragraph text.

Topics Covered in this Document

Section 1 [Sub Section Heading]

Here’s a quip about the topics in this section [Sub Section Description]

This section will cover some other thing appropriate for this section. And it might have a series of steps on how to do something. For example:

  1. First do this [Step Bold]

    And this line describes why you are doing it

  2. Then Do This

    And this line describes why you are doing it

  3. Finally Do That

    And this line describes why you are doing it

The final result of what you have done will yield something like the screen shot depicted below:

Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)

This is the result of your efforts

 

For direct mail postcards and letters, DesignMerge Pro software is a perfect fit.

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For direct mail postcards and letters, DesignMerge Pro software is a perfect fit.

In this example piece, a direct mail postcard is being created to target prospective university students. Various elements of the piece, including text, photos, and colors are being modified conditionally, based on each student’s field of interest. The final result is a totally customized set of postcard mailers, each containing highly targeted imagery and messaging.

This example uses many of the standard DesignMerge Pro features, including the built-in Rules Module for setting up the conditional logic (if/then/else) required to craft such a targeted piece, and the CopyFit module to guard against overset text, which is very common in direct mail applications. Variable linear and 2D bar coding features are also demonstrated. Please have a look at the video below for the full demonstration.

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Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)

Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.) Hi there! I’m a bike messenger by day, aspiring actor by night, and this is my website. I live in Los Angeles, have a great dog named Jack, and I like piña coladas. (And gettin’ caught in the rain.)

A list of Stuff like Preferences

Now here we’ve got a section that’s going to talk about a bunch of different settings, such as you might find when describing a preferences dialog.

This is Option A [Option Item]

And here is some text that describes what Option A does, and Option A may have a list of other items that is handles, and that might look like this: [Option Description]

Or maybe this option has a table of items:

Heading A Heading B Heading C
Item Information More Info
Item Information More Info
Longer Item description in case you have one Longer Info Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore Longer Info Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna
Item Information More Info
Item Information More Info

Specialty Items

So sometimes we need to represent the following items:

Text File Snippet

This could be implemented as a screen shot, but sometimes we need to represent the content of a file, something like a data file, like this:

Customer,Address,City,State,Zip,Sales Rep Name,Sales Rep Phone,Sales Rep Email,Event Date,Event Time 
Acme Print,1309 Center Street,Oak Park,IL,60293,Michael Williams,(312) 545-9878,mwilliams@kmbs.com,”March 23, 2018”,10:00 AM
Color Pro Inc.,2522 N North Ave,Schaumburg,IL,,Linda Smith,(227) 878-0987,lsmith@kmbs.com,”March 24, 2018”,10:30 AM
Master Printers,26 Stone Crop Rd,Hinsdale,IL,60614,Marie Shopper,(312) 876-0945,mshopper@kmbs.com,"March 25, 2018",10:45 AM
Command Line, File Path, etc:

This might be the full path to a file, or some command to type on the command line, so it needs to be set off using a different face like courier or something like that, for example:

/Applications/Adobe InDesign 2020/Plug-Ins

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DesignMerge Features

Following is a list of all the features available as standard or optional components of DesignMerge Pro.

  • Whats included with DesignMerge Pro
  • Works with Adobe InDesign for both Mac and Windows
  • Full support for variable text and images
  • Create optimized PDF/VT and PPML files for efficient variable output
  • Supports an unlimited number of database records
  • Advanced composition features (variable rotation, transparency, runarounds, etc.)
  • Menu-driven rules support for text and images (no hand-coding required)
  • Automatic copy-fitting of overset text, or fully expand text to fill a frame
  • Custom-named variable PDF files using database fields or conditional logic
  • Variable Article support (an Article file contains multi-paragraph, styled text
  • Variable Master Page support (apply or remove Master Pages using rules)
  • Multi-up layout features with Cut & Stack support
  • Longest and shortest line testing with overset text verification
  • Data preflight report to check for missing images and other variable assets
  • Step-through print preview features with live data view
  • Multiple global search paths for images and articles
  • Supports Pantone® and custom colours for text, style sheets and frames
  • Advanced page layout features (facing pages, text flow across pages, etc.)
  • Built-in sequential numbering features and utility
  • Includes full USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Coding support
  • Complete setup is saved with each document (critical for archiving and support)
  • Separate fixed and variable data stream as documents layers
  • Unique job chunking feature allows large jobs to printed in smaller batches
  • Variable frame support (change colour of frames or delete frames using rules)
  • Allow text styling tag and embedded variables to be included in variable data
  • Comprehensive Scripting API (for automation and custom actions)

What can you do with DesignMerge?

Digital Printing

Automate production tasks, such as multi-up consecutive numbering and bar coding. Provide personalization and customization services to your customers. Produce everything from business cards and name badges, to fully customized brochures and direct mail pieces.

Label Printers

Use the exclusive DesignMerge Pro sequencing features to create personalized labels, fully imposed and ready for printing on either roll-fed label presses, or sheet-fed digital printers. All of the DesignMerge pro features are supported, including bar coding and consecutive numbering.

Retailers

Produce variable shelf tags, labels, coupons and other POP material. Full price styling control is available.

Financial Institutions

Create updated fund statements and fact sheets, customized prospectus data, and other financial documents.

Higher Education

Easily create personalized direct mail pieces targeting new student recruitment. Personalize certificates, diplomas, alumni solicitation material and scholarship award letters. Educational licensing is available.

Direct Mail

High performance variable data printing and publishing software

DesignMerge Optional Modules

DesignMerge software includes many advanced VDP features as standard components, however, for specialty applications DesignMerge also supports a number of optional modules. Each module is installed and activated independently, and adds a specific feature set to DesignMerge software. Please review the list of optional modules below and click for more information.

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Linear Bar Code Module

Provides support for variable, linear bar codes in a number of popular formats, including Code 39, Code 128, UPC, and Interleaved 2 of 5. The software also includes a royalty-free set of bar code fonts for use with the module. Please note that all fonts must be downloaded separately from the web site at www.meadowsps.com/fonts.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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2D Bar Code Module

Provides support for variable 2D bar codes in a number of popular formats, including QR Code, Data Matrix, and PDF417. The software also includes a royalty-free set of bar code fonts for use with the module. Please note that all fonts must be downloaded separately from the web site at www.meadowsps.com/fonts.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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GroupPicture Module

Allows InDesign grouped objects to be imported in the same fashion as picture files. Groups can contain placeholders for variable data that will be updated after the import. Can also be used for Page Building applications.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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Price Style Module

Create custom price styles that can be applied automatically to incoming price data. Perfect for creating display pricing for retail flyers, store signage, shelf tags, etc.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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Pro Pack Module

The Pro Pack is a set of utility functions that have been integrated with the software. All of the utilities are script-based, and each utility is designed to perform various variable data tasks, such as case conversion. The Pro Pack is also required for the development of custom Rule Actions that can be created using JavaScript. Example scripts are provided.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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Scripting Module

The Scripting Module enables the full scripting API for the software. This module is required for automation projects, and is also required for integration with the Enfocus Switch workflow automation software.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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Data Exporter Module

Provides additional export and reporting functionality, allowing all tagged data to be exported into a database format that matches the structure of the original data file. This module can be used to extract document content for use in web sites or content management systems.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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PDF Exporter Module

Provides additional functionality for exporting PDF files from tagged documents. Includes features such as auto-generation of product hyperlinks. The batch processing feature allows hundreds of documents to be exported at the same time. This module is perfect for PDF catalogs and online “page flipping” systems.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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Squinch Reporter Module

Provides square inch analysis reporting capabilities for tagged documents. Squinch areas can be calculated automatically, or defined by the user. Reports can be exported in CSV format, or previewed in any web browser. Includes batch processing capability.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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Index Builder Module

Assists in the creation of a multi-level Product, Manufacturer or Part Number index. Index entries can be imported from existing files, or added using the product interface. Each page can be assigned any number of index entries. The overall style and structure of the index is defined by the user.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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HTTP/ODBC Module

Connects to external data sources via HTTP or ODBC, which allows direct updating of documents without the need to generate an intermediate data file. Please note that ODBC support is for Macintosh only, and a separate purchase of an OpenLink ODBC driver is required (www.openlinksw.com). No separate driver is required for the HTTP interface, and the HTTP module is available for both Macintosh and Windows systems.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog
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Page Builder Module

Automatically build document pages and tables from your database. Page “building blocks” are defined by the user and saved as InDesign documents. Supports the creation of variable-length tables for products with multiple part numbers. Requires GroupPicture Module.

Product Compatibility
  • DesignMerge Pro
  • DesignMerge Server
  • DesignMerge Automation
  • DesignMerge Catalog

Current Software Installers

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All Meadows software installers are available for download below. Please be sure to download the installer that matches your version of Adobe InDesign.

Legacy Software Installers

Others Meadows Software

Group Picture Module

For Adobe® InDesign® CC 2020

Group Picture Module

For Adobe® InDesign® CC 2020

FREE Productivity Suite

For Adobe® InDesign® CC 2020

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