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Where are your current software downloads and updates?
All current versions of our software are listed on their respective downloads pages that can be accessed from this form, listed on our main website under the Downloads & Demos category. Once you have filled out this form, you can simply bookmark ...
Contacting Meadows Support
Any support, installation or operational questions regarding Meadows software can be submitted us for review. Open a support ticket on this knowledgebase system, providing complete contact details and specific information regarding your documents and...
Tips when installing a new version of Meadows software
Instructions to install an UPDATE vs to install an UPGRADE differ. If you should have any questions about this information or encounter any problems in following these instructions, please open a Support Ticket on the Meadows Help Desk.  A...
How to Transfer AutoPrice or DesignMerge Settings
At any time you wish, you may transfer your AutoPrice or DesignMerge settings to a new location, regardless which version of this software you are using in either of these two locations.    For example, perhaps you would like to have your...
Installer is warning cannot find folder
If a DesignMerge or AutoPrice installer displays a warning that it cannot find the folder for the installation, confirm the installer has been placed on the system where the software is installed. For example, the warning may indicate that it cannot ...
A warning is displayed when I try to run a Meadows software installer on a Mac OS X 10.7 or later system
When you are trying to install Meadows software on a Mac OS X 10.7 or newer system, you may see a warning that the Meadows software installer cannot be opened because your security preferences allow installation of only applications from the Mac App ...
How do I install the Meadows Tag Display software?
A Meadows Tag Display Module is available for three of the Meadows software products for Adobe® InDesign®: AutoPrice™, DesignMerge® Pro, and Index Builder™. More information about each of these products is available at the end...
How do I install an optional module for AutoPrice or DesignMerge?
If you have already installed the Meadows AutoPrice or DesignMerge software, then to add an optional module to that installation, simply run the AutoPrice/DesignMerge installer in Custom Mode. If you no longer have a copy of the installer, you are w...
Meadows software is warning my Activation/Order Code is invalid
This information will assist you in troubleshooting why you are seeing a warning that the Code you entered is invalid. For other types of activation issues, search for other Knowledgebase Articles or open a Support Ticket on the Meadows Help Desk (ht...
An error occurred trying to access the Meadows Online activation system.
This article provides information about accessing the Meadows online activation system. First, confirm you have used a local user account to log on to the system and are not logged on via a remote connection. Next, the Meadows online activation sys...
Where can I find information on activation status of my Meadows software for InDesign
The About window for each Meadows software product for InDesign displays version number, serial number, and other activation information (for example, order code) that is applicable to that product's installation. To find the About Window for any Me...
The serial numbers for my Meadows Plug-Ins for InDesign?
The serial number and version information for all Meadows software products for InDesign are located within the About Window for the product. To find the About Window for any Meadows software product, please follow the steps outlined below. 1) Open...
The serial numbers for my Meadows XTensions for QuarkXPress?
With QuarkXPress open: Mac OS 9: Press the Option key while choosing “About QuarkXPress” from the Apple menu. Mac OS X: Press the Option key while choosing “About QuarkXPress” from the QuarkXPress menu. Windows: Press the Alt...
How do I remove or uninstall Meadows software?
Software from Meadows Publishing Solutions are Plug-Ins for InDesign, or XTensions for QuarkXPress, that reside in the InDesign, or QuarkXPress, application folder on the workstation. If your Meadows software was activated with an online activation ...
What is a security key, or dongle?
The security key is a USB dongle device that is attached to your computer when running either of our products, DesignMerge or AutoPrice. The security key is not required for other Meadows Publishing software products. The hardware security key relie...
Meadows software is warning security key cannot be found
This warning is usually displayed when the security key software has not been installed on a system. You may use your Meadows software product's installer to install the software for its security key.  If you would like to download a new copy ...
Have installed Sentinel security key software on a Macintosh computer but still see warning that the security key is missing.
If you have installed your Meadows product's Sentinel security key software on a Macintosh computer but still see a warning that the security key is missing, then your system may need an updated version of the Sentinel security key software. You...
Have installed HASP security key software on a Macintosh computer but still see warning that the security key is missing.
If you have installed your Meadows product's HASP security key software on a Macintosh computer but still see a warning that the security key is missing, then your system may need an updated version of the HASP security key software.   To...
Where do I find the InDesign Preferences and Meadows Preferences Folder?
FINDING THE "MEADOWS" FOLDER Many of the settings for Meadows software products are located inside a folder titled "Meadows". The Meadows folder exists inside the same Preferences folder as Adobe InDesign preferences. This document provides instruct...
Reset InDesign preferences?
In InDesign, it is sometimes necessary to reset the preferences for InDesign, for the user account running the application. Quit InDesign. Then, on Windows, start InDesign and immediately hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift. On  Macintosh, start InDesi...
Reset QuarkXPress preferences?
It is sometimes necessary to reset the preferences for QuarkXPress, for the user account running the application. On a Macintosh OS X 10.x system, the preferences are located in /Users/[account]/Preferences/Quark/QuarkXPress x.x. The XPress Preferen...
How do I place a Meadows 2D Bar Code in a document?
The Meadows 2D Bar Code Module is currently available as an individual module and also as an optional module in DesignMerge for InDesign and in AutoPrice for InDesign. This module provides the ability to place a Meadows 2D Bar Code in a document.&nbs...
Meadows 2D Bar Code Module is warning the required barcode font is missing.
The Meadows 2D Bar Code Module requires a specific font.    The font for the Meadows 2D Bar Code Module is now available online on the Meadows Documentation page (www.meadowsps.com/documentation)  
Where do I find the font for a Meadows 2D Bar Code?
The font for the Meadows 2D Bar Code is now available online on the Meadows Documentation page (www.meadowsps.com/documentation).   For information to place a Meadows 2D Bar Code in a document, please see the How do I place a Meadows 2D Bar Co...
Sizing a Meadows 2D Bar Code
Each of the Meadows 2D Bar Code formats provide a "Sizing" option, which allows you to select how the 2D Bar Code will be sized within a text frame.  This article describes each of the available "Sizing" selections, and also provides instructio...
Meadows 2D Bar Codes and Extended ASCII characters
The Meadows 2D Bar Code Module can encode data that contains the full ASCII character set, including Extended ASCII characters. Of course, when scanning a Meadows 2D Bar Code that contains one or more Extended ASCII characters, first confirm the sca...
An Update or Merge unexpectedly changes the Format/Style of a Text Link.
If the formatting/styling of linked text is changing after an AutoPrice update or DesignMerge merge process, review whether the Paragraph Style that was applied to this text is applying a Grep Style. For example, if a Paragraph Style is app...
How to open a delimited text database file safely in Microsoft Excel
DesignMerge® Pro is a powerful suite of variable-data printing and document assembly software for QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign. DesignMerge provides the ability to merge records of variable data from a delimited text file into a document. D...
UTF-8 Data (Unicode Data) and Meadows Software
UTF-8 Data and Meadows Software AutoPrice® and DesignMerge® Pro software for Adobe® InDesign® have recently added the ability to import UTF-8 Unicode text. Also, Data Export for AutoPrice has added the ability to export UTF-8 Unicode...
What is a TransTable? When would I want to use one?
An Import TransTable, or Import Translation Table, is a feature of the Meadows DesignMerge and AutoPrice software packages. You can set up a DDF to use a TransTable to translate individual characters as they are merged into the document.  ...
Where do I find my TransTables for DesignMerge® or AutoPrice™ for InDesign?
The TransTable feature, which is available in Meadows DesignMerge software and also in Meadows AutoPrice software, allows you to apply automatic single character conversions while merging data into a document. The instructions below detail how to ge...
Where are the TransTables in DesignMerge® or AutoPrice™ for QuarkXPress® located on my system?
DesignMerge:  The TransTable feature that is available in DesignMerge allows you to apply automatic single character conversions while merging data into a document. If you are using DesignMerge for QuarkXPress, then you will find your DesignMe...
File path specifications of DesignMerge® and AutoPrice™ software
Below is a link to review the current specifications of both the Meadows DesignMerge® Pro software and AutoPrice™ software for filenames and file paths of external files for Links. Please note that these specifications are currently in the ...
Where can I find more information about MPS Tags?
MPS Tags is a tagged text feature supported by DesignMerge, Index Builder, and other Meadows software products. MPS Tags are a custom set of "style tags" that can be included in text files or in database fields to control the styling of dat...
Where do AutoPrice™ and DesignMerge® store ODBC SQL Fragment files on my system?
ODBC SQL Fragment files are individual text files which hold a single ODBC query statement. SQL Fragment files are used by AutoPrice and DesignMerge to query ODBC-compatible databases and retrieve data elements that are then used to update the docume...
Software Activation on Microsoft Surface Pro
If you intend to activate your Meadows software while the Surface Pro is detached from the dock, we recommend that you install and activate the software with the tablet detached. This will register the WIFI adapter for the tablet for use with the Mea...
InDesign quits/hangs/warns when open "Database Definitions" dialog, select a DDF, or recreate a missing DDF
REPLACE AutoPrice/DesignMerge WITH APPROPRIATE PRODUCT NAME Normally, if you encounter a problem opening the "Database Definitions" dialog or selecting a different Current DDF (Database Definition) on this dialog, or if you see a warning that i...
InDesign Type Contextual Controls may cause InDesign to hang or quit unexpectedly
Some customers have reported system lockups that are rleated to the InDesign 2017 (and later) feature called "Type Contextual Controls".  You will know this feature is enabled if you see a little 'o' icon that appears briefly next to the cursor ...
InDesign File menu entries not available for selection
InDesign preferences can become corrupt when the InDesign application quits unexpectedly or when you force quit InDesign. One consequence of this is that the Save, Save As, or Export entries in the InDesign File menu may become unavailable for select...
Share or Back Up your CopyFit Sets
To do this: Create a new single-page document. Name this document, for example, "my copyfit sets" and perhaps add the date or a version number to that name. Place 10 text frames on the page in this document. Inside each frame, enter the name of o...
About Meadows Software
ABOUT DESIGNMERGE PRO SOFTWARE   DesignMerge® Pro is a powerful suite of variable-data printing and data publishing software for Adobe InDesign, that includes the ability to automatically produce variable USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Codes. ...
Requires a newer version of the MPS Administrator plug-in
If you see a warning when you start InDesign that an MPS module requires a newer version of the MPS Administrator plug-in, or that the MPS Administrator plug-in is missing, then reinstall the software by running the installer. When you run the insta...
Meadows panel is not displaying as expected?
Is a Meadows panel (floating palette) not being displayed as you expect? For example, perhaps you can only see the top or bottom portion of the panel, or perhaps the panel has been moved to a location that is not visible on your screen. You can reset...
 

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