Press Release

DesignMerge Now Available for InDesign 2021

Meadows Publishing Solutions has released an updated version of their DesignMerge Pro and DesignMerger Catalog software for Adobe InDesign 2021. The new software version includes a number of brand new features, including custom and filtered record range support, number of copies control, new imposition features for label presses and cutters, URL access for variable images, and much more.



Schaumburg, Illinois, December 14, 2020 – Meadows Publishing Solutions announced the release of their DesignMerge Pro variable data publishing and personalized printing software for Adobe InDesign 2021, supporting both Macintosh and Windows platforms. The software release includes several new and powerful features.

DesignMerge Pro is an advanced, professional variable data publishing and personalized printing software solution for Adobe InDesign users. In addition to standard VDP capability, such as the ability to personalize text and images, DesignMerge Pro software also includes many other sophisticated VDP features, such as conditional logic for if/then/else rules processing, automatic copy-fitting to remedy overset variable text, linear and 2D bar coding, multi-up imposition, and embedded style tags. The software is completely menu-driven, works directly inside of the Adobe InDesign page layout application, and does not require any manual programming.

New features in the 2021 release of DesignMerge Pro include the following:

* Custom and Filtered Record Range Support
The new free-style record range feature allows processing of discontinuous data records, and also allows records to be filtered based on criteria established by the user. This new feature works well for filtering a set of proof records from larger data files.

* Label and Cutter Imposition Features
DesignMerge now includes a brand new imposition mode that will automatically split data across multiple rows or columns on a sheet. This new feature is perfect for use with label printers and cutters.

* Specify Number of Copies per Record or Page
With one click, you may now print multiple copies of each variable piece based on a data field. This feature works well for applications such as business cards and store signage that require multiple printed copies.

* HTTP Support for Variable Images
The HTTP module provides support for variable pictures and other assets that can be referenced via a URL reference. Images can be stored on any server or storage location accessible via HTTP, and every image format supported by Adobe InDesign can be referenced in this same fashion.

* Additional Image Positioning Options
New options have been added for adjusting both vertical and horizontal positioning of variable pictures after they have been sized to fit the frame. These new features are ideal for signatures and other variable width images.

“After more than 8 months of development, we are very proud of this new release,” said John Kriho, President of Meadows. “DesignMerge software now includes several of the most requested features related to record processing, and the new Label and Cutter imposition modes further expand the range of possible applications for the software.”

DesignMerge Pro software is available for immediate download at the Meadows web site. Please visit Meadows Publishing Solutions for more information, or email support for pricing or upgrade details.


About Meadows

Founded in 1991, Meadows Publishing Solutions provides commercial and custom software development, integration, and consulting services for the print and electronic publishing markets. Our current areas of focus include Variable Data Printing, Database Publishing Automation, and Digital Catalog Production. Anything that connects databases to documents is our specialty. Meadows offers software to support a full range of solutions, from desktop VDP applications, to complete web-based variable composition systems, with the integration and industry knowledge that will allow us to craft a reliable solution for any publishing challenge. The Meadows team has developed a number of commercial software products for Adobe InDesign that are offered under our own DesignMerge brand, including DesignMerge Pro, and DesignMerge Catalog. All Meadows software is developed in the U.S.A., with sales and support provided from our home office just outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, Illinois.



John Kriho, President
Meadows Publishing Solutions