About DesignMerge

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DesignMerge software. There are several advantages to plug-in technology in the VDP space. The most important advantage is that the DesignMerge software can utilize the two most powerful and popular composition engines in the world, QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign. All of the composition features that you have grown accustomed to are fully supported by DesignMerge. Every aspect of the composition process, including kerning and letterspacing, hyphenation and justification, runarounds, multi-page composition, styling, tables, etc. are all available for you to use. You just take an existing document, and use DesignMerge to "Make It Variable". Your variable output will look just like you did File/Print for each individual data record.
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About DesignMerge

  1. 1. DesignMerge ® Pro Product Introduction and Overview
  2. 2. What is DesignMerge ® <ul><li>DesignMerge is a suite of “plug-in” software modules for QuarkXPress ® & Adobe ® InDesign ® </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adds VDP features to QuarkXPress & InDesign </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DesignMerge works directly with existing documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just take any document and “Make it Variable™” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Any element of the document can be variable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text, Images, Articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Layouts & Master Pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The product is ideal for existing QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign users that want to create professional VDP documents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No new software to learn! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users are immediately comfortable with the interface! </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Use Plug-in Software for VDP? <ul><li>Adds powerful VDP features to existing page layout applications </li></ul><ul><li>No need to leave the page layout application, or to convert to a different format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many other VDP programs require conversion to XML or other formats before the VDP output can be generated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Edits and modifications are easy to manage </li></ul><ul><li>Takes advantage of the most powerful (and popular) composition engines in the world </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other products must mimic the features of Quark & InDesign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: just try doing variable type-on-a-curve, with a drop-shadow, in any other VDP application! </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. DesignMerge Differentiators <ul><li>Works directly in the QuarkXPress or InDesign application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No re-design or conversion required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intuitive, menu-driven user interface </li></ul><ul><li>Supports variable Text, Images, Articles, and Layouts </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple output driver support (PS, PPML, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic Copy-Fitting included </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced conditional processing features (Rules) </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple-up Layout and Imposition support </li></ul><ul><li>Translation Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Bar Coding, AppleScript and Data-Driven Graphic (pie charts, etc.) support available </li></ul><ul><li>Quark 6/7/8 or InDesign CS2/CS3/CS4; Mac & Windows </li></ul><ul><li>200+ page printed manual, box and CD included </li></ul>
  5. 5. DesignMerge Differentiators in a GA Environment <ul><li>Easy to implement; “low overhead” </li></ul><ul><li>Fits seamlessly into existing workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Non-proprietary — does not alter the QuarkXPress or InDesign document format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents can be opened with or without DesignMerge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexible — Supports PPML and Optimized PostScript for Color or B&W VDP output </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-platform — Macintosh or Windows </li></ul><ul><li>US-based development, sales, and technical support </li></ul>
  6. 6. Typical Applications <ul><li>Traditional VDP – Anything that must be personalized </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct Mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Postcards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invitations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Short Run & “Document Assembly” Applications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Name Badges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coupons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags & Labels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raffle Tickets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consecutive Numbering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Statements & Prospectus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Data-Driven Graphics) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Supported Output Formats <ul><li>PPML </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging as an industry standard for VDP output </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very efficient output format for variable graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Optimized PostScript </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works with all PostScript-based systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cached PostScript is much smaller and processes much faster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cached PostScript is lightning-fast when producing PDF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Driver can separate Fixed & Variable data to work with EFI FreeForm™ technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Formats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>QuarkXPress or InDesign Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDF (with Acrobat Distiller) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits of DesignMerge <ul><li>Easy to visualize VDP production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One less hurdle in the sales process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confidence that VDP can be delivered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supports both QuarkXPress & InDesign </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer can accept either file format </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross platform, Mac & Windows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Short learning curve </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start selling and delivering VDP jobs faster </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Archived documents can be “made variable” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ready stock of jobs to reference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Affordable </li></ul>
  9. 9. Using DesignMerge ®
  10. 10. DesignMerge ® Installation <ul><li>Install DesignMerge Software from CD </li></ul><ul><li>XTensions/PlugIns are installed into appropriate folder </li></ul><ul><li>Relaunch your native application </li></ul>
  11. 11. You are Ready to Start Your First VDP Job <ul><li>After application has opened you will then see the DesignMerge pull down menu in the top menu bar </li></ul>
  12. 12. Linking Database File to Layout <ul><li>Now let’s set up our links </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the pull down menu and select Setup>Database Definitions </li></ul>
  13. 13. Database Definitions File <ul><li>Create a New DDF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Database Definition) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This points layout to database text file </li></ul><ul><li>Reads incoming database fields </li></ul><ul><li>When saved, the DDF is stored inside Quark/InDesign file for future use </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is a Variable Link? <ul><li>Variable Link associates placeholder text or pictures in the document to a field in the database file, and determines how DesignMerge will merge data from that field into the placeholder </li></ul><ul><li>The name of each Variable Link appears in the list on the left side of the window </li></ul><ul><li>To select a Variable Link, click on its name in the list The window will change to show you how the link has been set up </li></ul>
  15. 15. Applying Variable Text Links To Layout <ul><li>Drag-select (highlight) the word “Name” </li></ul><ul><li>Using the DesignMerge floating palette </li></ul><ul><li>Select the “Name” Variable Link using the popup menu on the DesignMerge palette </li></ul>
  16. 16. Applying Variable Text Links To Layout <ul><li>Click the Assign button in the palette. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This “sets” the link assignment. A green bracket underscores the variable text after you click the Assign button, indicating it’s been set </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repeat the process for each remaining Text Link </li></ul>
  17. 17. Applying Variable Picture Links to Layout <ul><li>Select picture box that will be variable </li></ul>
  18. 18. Applying Variable Picture Links to Layout <ul><li>Click the Tag Pic button in the palette. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This “sets” the link assignment. A green green box appears inside the picture box after you click the Assign button, indicating it’s been set </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Merge and Test Your Documents <ul><li>Your Options Are To </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Merge Current Document </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proof Variable Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variable Link Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Longest Line, Shortest Line Test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preflight Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Preview </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Now you can Feel Confident in Proceeding with the Actual, Final Merge <ul><li>Save as Multiple QuarkXPress Files </li></ul><ul><li>Save as EPS </li></ul><ul><li>Build Document </li></ul>
  21. 21. Output Your Job To Press <ul><li>PostScript </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables the built-in PostScript printing capabilities of DesignMerge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The module also includes several options for “image and form caching” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports “chunking” print output </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PPML </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates Fixed Layer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variable Text Layer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variable Image Layer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Image and Form Caching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates .ZIP Container </li></ul></ul><ul><li>VIPP </li></ul><ul><li>VPS </li></ul>
  22. 22. Major Feature Set
  23. 23. Database Setup and Document Preparation <ul><li>Menu-driven setup with “wizard” interface </li></ul><ul><li>Simple tagging palette – take any document and “Make it Variable™” </li></ul><ul><li>Any element can be variable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text, Images, Articles, Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variable Layouts & Master Pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Includes pre-flight and data preview features </li></ul><ul><li>No re-design of pages or exporting to XML or other formats required </li></ul>
  24. 24. MPS CopyFit™ Module <ul><li>Auto-fitting of text overflow, underflow, or both </li></ul><ul><li>Applied while merging </li></ul><ul><li>User-definable copy fitting parameters </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate text wrapping issues and “lost text” on print runs </li></ul><ul><li>Each box can be assigned different settings </li></ul><ul><li>Standalone version also available </li></ul>
  25. 25. MPS Rules Module (Conditional Logic) <ul><li>Prepare If/Then statements within DesignMerge </li></ul><ul><li>Menu driven - No manual programming required </li></ul><ul><li>Create Rules from the simple (insert a Salutation) to the complex (specifying a Master Page based on the city and age of a recipient) </li></ul><ul><li>Unique debugging and testing features </li></ul>
  26. 26. Multiple-Up Layouts & Sequencing Support <ul><li>Create multiple-up layouts at the workstation </li></ul><ul><li>Data “sequences” created using step-and-repeat </li></ul><ul><li>Publish data in “cut & stack” order (zip code sorts, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Visually check file prior to printing </li></ul><ul><li>No programming </li></ul>
  27. 27. Bar Code, DDG, and AppleScript Modules <ul><li>PostNet bar coding is built into the DesignMerge product. The MPS Bar Code module provides support for a number of other popular bar code formats (Code 128, UPC, Code 39, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Data-driven graphics (pie charts, bar charts, etc) can be created on-the-fly using DesignMerge and third-party DDG module </li></ul><ul><li>The MPS AppleScript module provides a robust set of AppleScript verbs for controlling DesignMerge Pro and creating custom “Actions” </li></ul>
  28. 28. Output Drivers <ul><li>Modular architecture facilitates new driver development (Third Revision) </li></ul><ul><li>Support for all leading VI languages, including Optimized PostScript, FreeForm™ and PPML </li></ul><ul><li>PPML output with enhanced PPD information </li></ul>
  29. 29. About Meadows Publishing Solutions <ul><li>Meadows is a software development company, specializing in “extensible” technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Principal areas of expertise include XTensions modules for QuarkXPress and QuarkXPress Server, and plug-in modules for Adobe InDesign CS2/CS3/CS4 </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1991, located near Chicago, Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Current focus is on data publishing, workflow automation and variable data printing </li></ul><ul><li>Flagship product is DesignMerge ® Pro </li></ul>
  30. 30. Thank You!

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