MEI Enhances Ad Layout Solutions with Universal Application

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[] Jenkintown, PA - Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), a leading provider of software solutions for the publishing industry, today announced the release of Page Director(R) Ad Layout System 5.5, ALS for Magazines 5.5 and AdForce 5.5. Used at more publications worldwide than any other issue-planning solution, the ALS family of layout products now boasts the highest level of compatibility and versatility in its 20-year history.

ALS 5.5 is the first universal version of MEI's flagship software, certified to run natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh computers. For ad layout staffs exporting finished dummies to Adobe(R) InDesign(R), ALS 5.5 is compatible with InDesign CS3 and CS4 and will soon be the first ALS release to work with InDesign CS5. For Quark(R) users, ALS 5.5 is also compatible with QuarkXPress(R) 7.x and 8.x.

Another new feature in ALS 5.5 is Check for Updates, which automatically communicates with MEI to see if a new version is available. This ensures that users are always working with the latest ALS software and getting the most out of their systems.

ALS's Conflict Rules settings have also been updated. Version 5.5 includes a new palette that combines default and issue rules, making it easier to review, create, edit, apply and delete them. Additionally, Conflict Rules are now managed as an ALS Properties group.

ALS for Magazines 5.5, a version of MEI's ad-placement solution built specifically with magazines in mind, and AdForce 5.5, the cost-effective, easy-to-use ad-layout and issue-management system for small to mid-size newspapers, are also now universal applications, and come with Check for Updates. ALS for Magazines also includes the new Conflict Rules enhancements.

Since 1990, MEI has continuously updated its Page Director series with features that help publishing teams across the globe work smarter and more efficiently. ALS has revolutionized advertising layout workflows for organizations of all sizes, building pages that millions of readers rely on for news every day. Among the publishers using ALS are the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Gannett Co. and Transcontinental Media.

"We're proud that ALS is the backbone of daily operations at some of the industry's best-known newspapers, magazines and other publications," said Steven K. Haught, vice president of sales at MEI. "With every new version, our goal is to enhance the software to not only meet our users' expectations, but to exceed them."

Page Director Ad Layout System 5.5, ALS for Magazines 5.5 and AdForce 5.5 are available now. Upgrading is free for customers in MEI's Premium Site Support Agreement program. Other customers should call their MEI sales representatives for pricing. For more details, contact MEI at 215-886-5662 or an authorized MEI distributor. More information can be found on Managing Editor Inc.'s Web site.

Managing Editor Inc. is an industry leader in the development of quality, proven software solutions for the evolving publishing industry. The Page Director Series of Advertising and Classified Layout Systems, K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform, Integrated Production Suite (IPS) and IPS AdTrac deliver automated pagination, workflow and digital asset management solutions to magazine, book and newspaper publishers, as well as to other print and electronic publishing markets. MEI is an Adobe premier development partner and has twice been named a laureate of the Computerworld Smithsonian Collections. Additional information regarding MEI's products and services can be found on the company's Web site.


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