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Where do I find the InDesign Preferences and Meadows Preferences Folder?

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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 instructions for how to get to the "Meadows" folder. A separate section is provided for clients running Medows software for Adobe InDesign Desktop vs/ Adobe InDesign Server.


 DESKTOP VERSIONS OF ADOBE INDESIGN


Try the Help Menu First...

If you are running AutoPrice or DesignMerge for Creative Cloud, the easiest way to find the Meadows folder is to use the product Help menu. To do this, start InDesign and select DesignMerge > Help > Open Settings Folder... (or, if you are running AutoPrice, then select AutoPrice > Help > Open Settings Folder...). This will open the "Meadows" folder where your Meadows software for InDesign CC stores your settings.

If you do not have access to the Meadows software, or if you prefer to navigate to this folder manually (as occasionally instructed by our support team), please follow the steps outlined below.

Macintosh Computers (Desktop)

Adobe InDesign for Macintosh

To access the Meadows folder manually on a Macintosh computer, please follow the steps outlined below.

 

1) From the desktop, select "Go to Folder..." from under the "Go" menu at the top of the screen.

 

2) Enter "~/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign" and click the "Go" button.

 

This will put you into the main Adobe InDesign preferences folder. From there, the rest of the path to the Meadows folder is as follows:


[Version #.#]/[language]/Meadows

In the above file path, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

Full Path - The full file path to the Meadows folder on an Adobe InDesign Desktop for Macintosh OS X system would be as follows:

 

Macintosh HD/Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/[Version #.#]/[language]/Meadows

 

In the above file path, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]"
represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

 

How to Find Current User Name

 

To find out which user is logged into the system, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

 

users

 

The current user name will be displayed on the next line.

 

How to find Macintosh OSX Version

 

To find out which version of OSX you are running, under the Apple menu, select About This Mac. The OSX version will be displayed.

 

Windows Computers (Desktop)

 

Adobe InDesign for Windows

 

The location of the Meadows folder for Adobe InDesign for Windows is different depending upon the version of Windows you are running:

 

WINDOWS 10 or Windows 7 OR VISTA

 

C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\[Version #.#]\[language]\Meadows

 

WINDOWS XP

 

C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Adobe\InDesign\[Version #.#]\[language]\Meadows


In the above file paths, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

 

NOTE: Windows systems may hide folders when displaying the contents in your [User Name] folder. If you do not see a folder named "Application Data" on Windows XP or do not see a folder name "AppData" on Windows 7 or Vista, then while viewing the contents in your [User Name] folder, open that folder window's "Tools" menu and select "Folder Options." On the "Folder Options" window, click the "View" tab. For the "View" settings, in the "Advanced Settings" list, select (click) "Show hidden files, folders, and drives." Then click "OK" to apply these new settings. On Windows 10, choose the "View" tab to display "View" settings on the top of the window, and turn On (check) the "Hidden Files" option. 

 

How to Find Current User Name

 

To find out which user is logged into the system, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

 

echo %username%

 

The current user name will be displayed on the next line.

 

How to find Windows Version

 

To find out which version of Windows you are running, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

 

winver

 

Your version of Windows should be displayed.

 

 


 SERVER VERSIONS OF ADOBE INDESIGN


No User Interface...

Because Adobe InDesign Server does not provide a user interface, the Meadows folder can be accessed only by navigating to the folder manually. Please follow the steps outlined below to access the Meadows folder on an Adobe InDesign Server system.

Macintosh Computers (Server)

Adobe InDesign Server for Macintosh

To access the Meadows folder manually on a Macintosh computer running Adobe InDesign Server, please follow the steps outlined below.

 

1) From the desktop, select "Go to Folder..." from under the "Go" menu at the top of the screen.

 

2) Enter "~/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign Server" and click the "Go" button.

 

This will put you into the main Adobe InDesign Server preferences folder. From there, the rest of the path to the Meadows folder is as follows:


[Version #.#]/[language]/[server-settings]/Meadows

In the above file path, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English). The "[server-settings]" folder will be named differently depending upon how you launched your copy of InDesign Server. There may be multiple folders present if you are running multiple instances of InDesign Server (one [server-settings] folder will be present for each instance).

Full Path - The full file path to the Meadows folder on an Adobe InDesign Server for Macintosh OS X system would be as follows:

 

Macintosh HD/Users/[User Name]/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign Server/[Version #.#]/[language]/[server-settings]/Meadows

 

In the above file path, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]"
represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English). The "[server-settings]" folder will be named differently depending upon how you launched your copy of InDesign Server. There may be multiple folders present if you are running multiple instances of InDesign Server (one [server-settings] folder will be present for each instance).

 

How to Find Current User Name

 

To find out which user is logged into the system, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

 

users

 

The current user name will be displayed on the next line.

 

How to find Macintosh OSX Version

 

And to find out which version of OSX you are running, under the Apple menu, select "About This Mac". The OSX version will be displayed.

 

 

Windows Computers (Server)

 

Adobe InDesign Server for Windows

 

To access the Meadows folder manually on a Macintosh computer running Adobe InDesign Server, please follow the steps outlined below.

 

WINDOWS 10 or Windows 7

 

C:\Users\[User Name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign Server\[Version #.#]\[language]\[server-settings]\Meadows


In the above file paths, "[User Name]" represents your user name on the system, "[Version #.#]" is a folder name that represents the version of InDesign you are running (CS6 = "Version 8.0"), and "[language]" represents the language (e.g. "en_US" would be the folder for US English).

 

HIDDEN FOLDERS NOTE: Windows systems may hide folders when displaying the contents in your [User Name] folder. If you do not see a folder named "AppData", then do the following:

 

Windows 7

a) Select the Start button, then enter Control Panel to open this feature

b) Select Appearance and Personalization
c) Select Folder Options, then select the View tab
d) Under Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives

e) Click Apply and then click OK to close the Control Panel window

 

Windows 10

You can first try using the View menu options when you are inside of the folder. If that does not work, then do the following:

 

a) Select the Start button, then enter Control Panel to open this feature

b) Select File Explorer Options (use Search box if too many options visible)
c) Click the View tab
d) Scroll down a bit and change the Hidden files and folders setting to Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Optionally, you may wish to uncheck the Hide protected operating system files box as well.

 

How to Find Current User Name

 

To find out which user is logged into the system, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

 

echo %username%

 

The current user name will be displayed on the next line.

 

How to find Windows Version

 

To find out which version of Windows you are running, open the Command Prompt and type in the following:

 

winver

 

Your version of Windows should be displayed.

 

 

NOW WHAT?

Once you have found the Meadows folder, you have access to various configuration files, including Transtables and SQL Fragments. You can also reset various Preferences files if instructed to by our support team.

ABOUT MEADOWS DESIGNMERGE® PRO SOFTWARE

 

DesignMerge® Pro is a powerful suite of variable-data printing and data publishing software for Adobe InDesign that provides the ability to automatically produce any type of variable data output. The software is used by thousands of customers worldwide.

 

Anything can be variable, including variable text and pictures, articles, and even complete layouts, and built-in suport is provided for variable USPS Intelligent Mail Bar Codes.

 

Other major features of DesignMerge include automatic copy-fitting, advanced conditional programming (Rules), and multi-up imposition support. DesignMerge supports all of the major variable data output formats, including PostScript, PPML, PDF/VT, and Creo VPS and is compatible with printers from every major vendor.

 

In addition, DesignMerge can also be extended to produce variable 2D Bar Codes (QR Codes, PDF417, and Data Matrix) and other types of Linear Bar Codes (Code 128, UPC, Code 39, etc.). DesignMerge is great for creating personalized publications such as invitations, business cards, certificates, custom catalogs, etc.

 

For more information about DesignMerge, go to http://www.designmerge.com.

 

 

ABOUT MEADOWS AUTOPRICE™ SOFTWARE

 

AutoPrice, available as plug-ins for Adobe InDesign that help to streamline the production and versioning of catalogs, price lists, retail flyers and financial documents.

AutoPrice provides sophisticated linking of InDesign documents to any external database of information (either flat-file, or ODBC). AutoPrice is great for performing price, picture, or text updates for any type of information that can be referenced by a “key value” such as product number (SKU).

  • Saves time by automatically updating information from any flat-file or ODBC-compliant database. No more manual price changes.
  • Allows last-minute revisions so published information is always current & consistent.
  • Reduces errors and speeds proofing.
  • Includes helpful reporting features for the AutoPrice tagged content in your documents.
  • Allows you to instantly swap out product pictures, logos or any type of graphic image.
  • Automate versioning: spin off multiple catalog versions from a single original.
  • Extend AutoPrice with the optional AutoPrice Exporter Pro software to extract data from an InDesign document to a database file, which can then be used to populate Web, e-commerce or digital content databases .
  • Extend AutoPrice with the optional AutoPrice PDF Exporter software to produce PDFs that contain hyperlinks based on the AutoPrice Links in your documents.
  • Extend AutoPrice with the optional Meadows 2D Bar Code software to place updatable 2D Bar Codes (QR Codes, PDF417, and Data Matrix) in your documents.

For more information about AutoPrice, go to http://www.meadowsps.com/autoprice.

 

 

ABOUT MEADOWS INDEX BUILDER™ SOFTWARE

 

Index Builder is a software module for Adobe InDesign that provides a very powerful set of tools for creating catalog indexes. Unlike standard indexing products, MPS Index Builder was designed to serve the special needs of catalogers, with a number of unique features that make the product ideal for catalog workflows.

You may use Index Builder to automate building both Product and Manufacturer Indexes. Index entries can be up to four levels deep and can be attached to any box or group of boxes (“Product Block”) in your catalog pages. Each tagged box or group can contain up to 10 distinct entries, and the entries are permanently stored with the document content. In addition, if you are one of our many AutoPrice customers, you will also be able to extract SKU information to include in your final index.

The Meadows Index Builder software includes the Meadows Index Tagger™ feature which provides an easy interface to tag the boxes or groups in your documents with index entries. You may enter index entries into Index Tagger by hand at any time, or you may import index entries from a tab-separated text file. Since most catalogers already have a hand-built index from the last catalog, it is quite easy to import the old index, make changes, and start tagging for the future. Index entries can also be saved, exported and shared by any other workstation.

Many catalogers create their catalog as separate pages, spreads, or sections, requiring that the index span across hundreds of individual documents. The built-in batch processing feature of MPS Index Builder will process any number of individual QuarkXPress or InDesign documents in a single session. A complete index can be created within minutes and can be updated at any time.

Imagine, querying a database application for SKU information, dragging a fully-formatted product block onto your QuarkXPress or InDesign page, automatically updating pricing or other information within the block, and then cranking out a catalog index. All this is possible using the Meadows suite of catalog software!

For more information about Index Builder, go to http://www.meadowsps.com/indexbuilder.

 

 

Copyright © Meadows Information Systems, LLC d/b/a Meadows Publishing Solutions. All rights reserved worldwide.

DesignMerge is a registered trademark of Meadows Information Systems, LLC.

AutoPrice is a trademark of Meadows Information Systems, LLC.

Index Builder and Index Tagger are trademarks of Meadows Information Systems, LLC.

Adobe and InDesign are registered trademarks of Adobe, Inc.

Quark, QuarkXPress and XTensions are registered trademarks of Quark, Inc.

 

 

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Date added: 2014-01-09 11:50:31
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