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MEI Releases Fido for InDesign

Plugin tracks and links images and ads By Dave Nagel
Managing Editor Inc. (MEI) has released a new plugin called Fido for Adobe InDesign. Fido reports on the status of ads and graphics in InDesign documents and automatically finds the correct file paths on a network. It's available now for Mac OS X, with a Windows version scheduled for release next month.

Fido is designed for use with both ads and graphics, which the software can distinguish between, and works with MEI's Ad Import plugin, as well as Page Director Ad Layout System, AdForce, Page Director Classified Layout System and ClassForce. Using Fido, file paths from empty ad boxes are from ad layout to InDesign and updated automatically. Other features include:

  • Ability to show where a file path breaks down, such as an unmounted server volume;
  • Track creation and modification dates;
  • Option to force fit images to match box dimensions;
  • Ability to search multiple nested directories.

A complete list of features is available on MEI's Web site.

Fido is available now for Mac OS X. Pricing was not available at press time. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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