DesignMerge Updated for InDesign CS3
Company advances its ‘Swiss Army knife’ of variable data software.
Meadows Publishing Solutions has released its DesignMerge Pro software for Adobe InDesign’s Creative Suite 3 (CS3). The plug-in bundle provides InDesign users with mail-merge, variable data printing and document assembly features.
“DesignMerge is kind of like the Swiss Army knife of variable data publishing,” says Gregory Bane, the DesignMerge channel manager. “The product is completely menu-driven, and works with any QuarkXPress or InDesign document, allowing the user to create pre-defined ‘placeholders,’ which are designated to receive variable data.”
Utilizing a plug-in architecture, the DesignMerge Pro bundle imports text, picture and other information and merges it into InDesign or QuarkXPress layouts. "The user does not need to learn a new page layout application, and the DesignMerge menus and palettes have been fully integrated and match the look and feel of the existing user interface,” Bane says.
The new DesignMerge software package is of particular use to magazine publishers in that it can “customize every cover, change advertising, tip-ins and subscription cards,” says Bane.