How to Transfer Settings From Your Older InDesign Version to Your New InDesign Version

This article describes how to transfer all of your DesignMerge settings from an older version of Adobe InDesign to a newer version of Adobe InDesign.

The fastest way to transfer settings in this fashion is to transfer the entire Meadows folder. The Meadows folder exists inside of the Adobe InDesign Preferences folder.

For this article, we will reference the current/old system as the Old System, and the new system as the New System. Follow the steps below to transfer all DesignMerge settings.

1) LOCATE THE MEADOWS FOLDER(s) ON THE OLD SYSTEM

A) Use the link below for instructions about how to locate the Meadows folder.

http://meadowsps.hesk.com/knowledgebase.php?article=128

2) MAKE A COPY OF THE MEADOWS FOLDER

A) Make a copy of the entire Meadows 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. If you will be transferring to a different computer, then we strongly advise making a Zip file of the Meadows folder to ensure the integrity of the files during the transfer.

B) Open the copy of the Meadows folder. Inside of the copy of the Meadows folder will be a folder named Config. Delete the Config folder.

C) Next (optional), if you want to reduce the size of the Meadows folder you will be transferring, look for a folder called DesignMerge that is inside of the Meadows folder. Inside of the DesignMerge folder, you will see a folder called Index Files. This folder can sometimes contain large, temporary files. You can safely delete the Index Files folder if you want to.

3) TRANSFER THE MEADOWS FOLDER TO THE NEW SYSTEM

A) Now you can simply place the Meadows folder into the identical location on the New System. Follow the instructions presented in step 1A above to find the appropriate location for the Meadows folder on the New System (for different versions of InDesign, this will be represented by a folder with a different version number). If a Meadows folder already exists in this location, simply delete it and then place the Meadows folder you copied from the Old System into this location on the New System.

B) Launch Adobe InDesign. This will re-create the Config folder and reset your activation. You will be prompted to enter your Order Codes in order to reactivate each software module.

4) (OPTIONAL) TRANSFER CUSTOM SCRIPTS

If you are using any custom Scripts with your Meadows software on the Old System, then you will also want to copy these Scripts to the New System. To do this, please follow these steps:

A) Go to the following folder on the Old System

Adobe InDesign/Scripts/Scripts Panel/Meadows

B) Make a copy of the Meadows folder that is inside of the Scripts Panel/Meadows folder on the Old System

C) Transfer this Meadows folder and place it into the same Scripts Panel/Meadows folder on the New System.

NOTE: If you do not have a folder called Meadows in the Scripts Panel folder on the Old System, then it is very likely that you are not running any custom scripts.
 
REMEMBER: HELP IS AVAILABLE!

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:

http://www.meadowsps.com/support