XMPie, a software developer for personalized communications in print and digital media, has launched uMerge as a subscription-based personalization add-on to Adobe InDesign CC. uMerge provides a range of applications, from database publishing to small-scale personalization jobs like newsletters, event invitations, departmental HR communications and financial communications.
The new software allows InDesign professionals to create personalized PDF files within InDesign, explains XMPie, in a process similar to mail-merge or data-merge workflows. uMerge is a monthly subscription product that can be purchased directly from Adobe Exchange.
“With uMerge, we are bringing the design community closer to creative personalization with Adobe InDesign, and we are opening the market far beyond batch-produced variable data print jobs,” said Jacob Aizikowitz, President of XMPie.
uMerge is also compatible with all of XMPie’s print personalization software, allowing users to connect remotely to the XMPie servers of a Print Service Provider and to get the job batched, produced and fulfilled, including with a large data source.
“XMPie Customers with server-class solutions can engage uMerge users to do work with them through the remote connectivity feature,” said Jacob. “This reflects the strong synergies between the uMerge initiative and the investments our customers make in our high-end personalization technologies.”
Key features of uMerge include the ability to transform static design elements like text, graphic frames, character styles and tables into dynamic elements where the data and rules drive content, appearance and visibility. It also allows for linking to Excel or CSV files and to preview personalized content/appearance, directly within the InDesign document, record by record. With uMerge, users can create multiple PDF files, automatically, one for each record in the data source.
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