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Upgrading from AutoPrice to DesignMerge Catalog
The Meadows AutoPrice™ software package for Adobe InDesign CC 2017 has a new name: DesignMerge® Catalog. All of the features and options that were available in the AutoPrice software for InDesign CC 2015 are available in the DesignMerge Cat...
Tutorials and Manuals on Meadows AutoPrice software for Adobe InDesign
The Tutorials and Manuals on Meadows AutoPrice software for Adobe InDesign are now available online! You may use the link below to access the Meadows Documentation page where you will find links to download the latest documentation for the Meadows A...
Floating palette not displaying correctly or hidden?
The command AutoPrice => View => Show/Hide Placeholder palette is a toggle that shows or hides the main AutoPrice floating palette. In QuarkXPress, it is possible for the AutoPrice palette to get stuck off the screen. By holding down the Comma...
AutoPrice placeholder is encountering a Bad Tag error
A Bad Tag error condition indicates a placeholder in the document is assigned to something that no longer exists in the Current DDF (for example, a Variable Link, a Search Criteria, or a Price Style). When a placeholder encounters a Bad Tag erro...
Link is showing a “No Match!” error?
A “No Match!” condition means the AutoPrice Link (placeholder) has been assigned to a Search Key that does not exist in the database file. The purpose of this error is to indicate when a product number record has been removed from the dat...
There are quote marks around my prices?
The use of basic quote marks (inch marks) to indicate literal field data is a feature of the database application creating the text file. These can be address within AutoPrice, and they will not appear when the links are updated. Use the menu comman...
What data sources does AutoPrice work with?
AutoPrice was created to work directly with large ASCII tab or comma separate text flat files. Any database application supports reading and exporting files of this format, and the basic AutoPrice workflow is designed to connect to a file of this typ...
The AutoPrice Links have disappeared from my InDesign document!
If you cannot see the AutoPrice Links in a document, please check the following:  (1) Either the AutoPrice software or the AutoPrice Tag Display Module must be installed to see AutoPrice Links. The AutoPrice Tag Display Module is a free mo...
How do I setup keyboard shortcuts in AutoPrice?
AutoPrice is enabled with keyboard shortcut support for most functions and commands in the software. In InDesign, go to the menu command Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts, and then select Product Area: Other on the following window. The available command...
AutoPrice is warning that content was tagged by Demo version of AutoPrice.
You will see this warning if you attempt to use a Licensed copy of AutoPrice to process content that was tagged by a Demo copy of AutoPrice.    If you would like to use a Licensed copy of AutoPrice to process content in this document, fir...
How do you put a $ in front of a price? How do you put a £ in front of a price?
Each AutoPrice placeholder in the document uses a Variable Link reference, that is defined in that document's DDF. The Variable Links have settings for Prefix and Suffix, so you can set up a Variable Link to add a dollar symbol ($) or any other text ...
About the AutoPrice Tag Converter Utility for Adobe InDesign
The AutoPrice Tag Converter Utility allows you to convert AutoPrice Text Links in an InDesign document to MPS Tagged Text representing the Links. Additionally, this utility allows you to convert MPS Tagged Text representing AutoPrice Text Links in an...
I did a Quick Setup, but it shows the DDF as 'No Database Assigned'?
Using the Quick Setup function in the Database Definitions window creates the settings for a DDF from the selected database file. But it does not set that file as being the current database file assigned to the DDF. Use the Select Database button on...
Why are zeroes dropped from prices after update?
AutoPrice does not reformat field data coming from the database file except in cases where the optional Translation Table and Price Styling features have been enabled by the user. The intention of AutoPrice is to put exactly what is in the database f...
What is an Extraction Record?
Extraction Records are now called Variable Links, and are a setting used in the Database Definition (DDF). See also, What is a Variable Link?
Does AutoPrice only work with prices?
No. AutoPrice can update any textual information that is in the field of the database file into the document. So it can update prices, specification information, dimensions, body copy or even graphics onto the layout page.
Generate a report on status of AutoPrice Links in one or more documents
You may run an AutoPrice Placeholder List Report at any time to review information about the AutoPrice Placeholders that are in one or more documents.    This allows you to verify the placeholders’ settings, including the conte...
Update displays linked content twice in a row?
To avoid this happening, remove all tracked changes in the document (accept or reject all changes), and then disable Track Changes. The AutoPrice software has not been implemented for use with the InDesign Track Changes feature. Some AutoPrice upda...
How do I place an AutoPrice Variable Meadows 2D Bar Code in a document?
The Meadows 2D Bar Code Module is currently available as an optional module in AutoPrice for InDesign Creative Cloud (InDesign v9 or later). This module provides the ability to place a Meadows 2D Bar Code in a document.    To place a Vari...
File path specifications of Meadows AutoPrice software
Below is a link to review the current specifications of the Meadows AutoPrice™ software for filenames and file paths of external files for Links. Please note that these specifications are currently in the progress of being enhanced. These enhan...
Updating causes Link to display a duplicate of its content (double content)
Are you "seeing double" after AutoPrice updates its Links in a document? For example, if a Price Link was displaying "$46.55", but now the Link is displaying "$46.55$46.55" after AutoPrice updated Links in the document. If so, examine whether the In...
ODBC Module Won't Load
If you have installed the optional Meadows ODBC plug-in module for Adobe InDesign, and the module will not load at startup, this generally means that the required "iODBC Framework" is missing. Here is how to debug and repair this issue. The first th...
 

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