updated 11:10 pm EDT, Wed March 18, 2009
Ad Layout System 5.4
MEI has announced Page Director Ad Layout System 5.4, an update to its automatic ad-placing application. ALS helps simplify the ad layout process by interpreting information from a front-end booking system and then placing ads on the desired pages. The software enables control over editorial and advertising requirements and allows users to manage placement by advertising ratios and color press configuration. Version 5.4 features a new print designer, along with an upgrade that provides connectivity with MEI's Integrated Production Suite 4.5 software package.
The new print designer allows users to create and print custom ad dummies to help meet each publication's specific requirements. In addition to the added features, the update is also packaged with ALS XT for QuarkXPress 7, and a new version of MEI's Adlmport plug-in that is compatible with Adobe InDesign CS2, CS3, and CS4. Users can import dummies and final ad content into QuarkXPress or InDesign editorial pages.
Within the next few weeks, MEI also plans to add ALS compatibility for Adobe Creative Suite 4 and QuarkXPress 8. Page Director Ad Layout System 5.4 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5.2 or higher and is a free upgrade for customers in MEI's Premium Site Support Agreement Program. Additional pricing and availability information has yet to be released.