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For example, perhaps you would like to have your old settings in a newer version of the software. Or, you would like to transfer the settings from one computer to another computer. Or, you would like one user to have the same settings as another user. 


The fastest way to transfer settings is to move or copy the software product’s settings folder from one location into the other location. These settings are inside the “Meadows” folder that is in a user account’s Adobe InDesign preferences folder. 


To do this, follow the steps below:


1) To locate the settings that you wish to move/copy, if you are running a relatively recent version of the Meadows software product, open the “AutoPrice/DesignMerge” menu that is on the InDesign menu bar and select “Help > Open Settings Folder…” If this approach is not available for you, then use the link below for additional instructions:


2) Once you have located this “Meadows” settings folder, open it. Inside this “Meadows” settings folder, you will see a folder named “DesignMerge” or “AutoPrice” (which folder you see depends upon which Meadows product you have installed). 


3) Next, to reduce the size of the files you will be transferring, open the “Index Files” folder that is inside this “AutoPrice” or “DesignMerge” folder. Delete any files that you find inside this “Index Files” folder (these files can get kind of large, the new location will not be able to use these files anyway, and this location can easily recreate any of these files the next time it needs to use them).


4) Make a copy of this “AutoPrice” or “DesignMerge” folder. For example, place a copy of this folder in an easy-to-find location that you can share with the other location where you will be transferring these settings.


5) Now it is time to locate the “Meadows” settings folder for the other location. To find this “Meadows” settings folder, ask the other user to launch the InDesign application, and follow the instructions above to locate that user’s “Meadows” settings folder. 


6) You are now ready to move the “AutoPrice” or “DesignMerge” folder that you copied from the first “Meadows” folder to this other “Meadows” folder. 


IMPORTANT: Be sure to leave a copy of the folder in the first location if you are going to continue to use your Meadows software in that location. 


ALSO IMPORTANT: In the new location, if you wish to keep a backup copy of the original settings for this Meadows product, give the pre-existing product’s folder a new name. For example, change the name from “AutoPrice” to “AutoPrice_old” or from “DesignMerge” to “DesignMerge_old”.


Okay, it’s time! Move the copy of the “AutoPrice” or “DesignMerge” folder to the new location. 


7) There is one more step if you are copying settings from an AutoPrice installation for use in a DesignMerge Catalog installation: The DesignMerge Catalog software expects to find its settings in a folder named “DesignMerge” so change the name of the “AutoPrice” folder that you added to the location for the DesignMerge Catalog software. Give this folder the name “DesignMerge” so DesignMerge Catalog can locate it. As mentioned above, if a “DesignMerge” folder already exists, then change its name to “DesignMerge_old” so that you can give the copied “AutoPrice” folder the “DesignMerge” name.


All of your Database Definitions, TransTables, and any SQL Fragments will now be identical in both locations. 





If you were using Scripts with your Meadows software in the first location, then you will also want to add these Scripts to your new location. To do this, simply go to the folder that contains the first location’s custom Scripts and copy/paste them into the folder for your new location’s custom Scripts. 


Typically, scripts are installed into the following folder path:

Adobe InDesign/Scripts/Scripts Panel/Meadows


If you do not have a folder called “Meadows” in the “Scripts Panel” folder on your older system, then the odds are that you are not running any custom scripts. 





If you have any difficulty at all, we are here to help. Please feel free to open a support ticket by going to the Meadows Online Support Center:





There is a different way to transfer your DDF settings. This approach is helpful if you cannot find your Meadows settings folder. To set up a second installation to have the same Database Definitions that exist in your first installation, follow the steps below:


1) Start your first installation of the software. Open the “AutoPrice/DesignMerge” menu that is on the InDesign menu bar and select “Utilities > Database > Export DDF Set.” Enter an identifying unique name for the file, retaining the .DDF filename extension and save the file where you can easily locate it in a later step.

NOTE: If you do not see the “Export DDF Set” item in the “Utilities > Database” menu, then open the “Database Definitions” dialog (open the “AutoPrice/DesignMerge” menu and select “Setup > Database Definitions”), and click the “Export DDF Set” button that is on this dialog. 


Once you have exported your set of DDFs, then you can close your application.


2) Start your second installation of the software. Open the “AutoPrice/DesignMerge” menu that is on the InDesign menu bar and select “Setup > Database Definitions.” This opens the “Database Definitions” dialog. 


Click the “Import DDF” button that is on this dialog. Select the DDF file that you exported in the previous step. 


The DDFs that were in your previous installation will now be listed in the “Current DDF” menu on the “Database Definitions” dialog. When done, click “OK” to close this dialog. 


Note: Your Meadows software also stores a copy of a document’s DDF settings inside that document file, so you can instead simply let the Meadows software recreate the document’s DDF if it is missing from your Meadows settings when you first open the document. To do this, simply open the document. If the software’s floating palette is indicating the document’s DDF is missing, open the “Database Definitions” dialog. Before the dialog opens, the software will alert you the DDF is missing and ask if you wish to recreate it. Click “Yes” to do so. Then the “Database Definitions” dialog will open and you can click “OK” to close it.  





You can also transfer TransTables, Scripts, and/or SQL Fragments without transferring DDF settings. 


If you were using TransTables in your older installation, then you will want to add these TransTables to your new installation. To do this go to the folder that contains your first installation’s TransTable files and copy/paste them into the folder for your second installation’s TransTables. TransTable files should be placed into the “TransTable” folder that exists inside the “AutoPrice” or “DesignMerge” folder that is in your “Meadows” settings folder. For more details, use the link below to access the Knowledgebase Article that discusses how to find your TransTables:


If you were using any Scripts, see the “ADD SCRIPTS” section described above.


Finally if you have any SQL Fragments for a DDF that is using an ODBC type of database (SQL Fragments are individual text files holding SQL query commands), you will want to add these to your new installation. Copy all of your SQL Fragment files from the old system, and place them in to the appropriate location on your new system. Typically, SQL Fragment files should be placed inside the “ODBC” folder that is in your software’s “Meadows” settings folder.


And remember, if you have any difficulty at all, we are here to help. Please feel free to open a support ticket by going to the Meadows Online Support Center: