If you use a standalone application for variable data, then you have access only to very limited design features. As an example, most standalone applications offer limited support for simple things like kerning and tracking, justification, and automatic image scaling, and offer no support for more complex typography such as type on a curve, runarounds, or multi-page composition. With DesignMerge, you will have access to all of the design features available with Adobe InDesign, which means absolutely no restrictions on how you design your VDP piece.
DesignMerge is a suite of plug-in modules for Adobe InDesign. As long as you are running Adobe InDesign, you have everything that you need to run DesignMerge. DesignMerge supports all versions of Adobe InDesign for both the Macintosh and Windows systems.
The DesignMerge software is developed by Meadows Publishing Solutions, located in Schaumburg, Illinois. Unlike many of the software products in the VDP market, our software is developed 100% by engineers based in the United States. We do not outsource any portion of the development, sales or support for the product.
Meadows Publishing Solutions was founded in 1991, and has grown considerably since that time. Our DesignMerge software was first introduced in 1998, and has been under continuous development ever since.
Yes, absolutely! DesignMerge includes a very robust programming interface that can be used to fully automate your workflow. Please contact your Canon representative for more information about this feature.