AdforceX™ Version 1.5

IMPORTANT NOTICE: MEI’s new AdforceX ad layout system is compatible with macOS® X 10.14 Mohave, macOS 10.15 Catalina and macOS 11 Big Sur only.

AdforceX™ Version 1.5

IMPORTANT NOTICE: MEI’s new AdforceX ad layout system is compatible with macOS® X 10.14 Mohave, macOS 10.15 Catalina and macOS 11 Big Sur only.


AdforceX is the newest member of our award-winning Page Director® Series of ad layout solutions — one that has been completely redesigned to take full advantage of the modern macOS® technology. Plus, AdforceX has been built to work side by side with our AdImport, Fido and Split & Folio Plug-ins for Adobe® InDesign® CC 2019, 2020 and 2021.

New features in 1.5!

Customizable Issue Interface
AdforceX 1.5 includes a complete refresh of the user interface. Users can now customize the look and feel of the AdforceX issue window and its pages to improve viewing and printed output based on screen sizes and workflow preferences. You can decide what items appear in page views, and also choose the fonts and sizes for all the UI elements, including folios, section headers, page notes and metadata, along with color bars and page properties bars sizing.

Column Models
AdforceX 1.5 introduces full column model support. Issues can include pages and ad placements that use independent column models and page sizes – all within the same AdforceX issue. Now you can produce, for instance, a standard tab or broadsheet publication while also including inserts and circulars of varying dimensions – and layout processes will honor those models during automatic layout.

Simply Our Best Ever Ad Layout Solution

With a completely new, streamlined set of interfaces, AdforceX makes the ad dummying process easier and more intuitive than ever with these capabilities:

  • Contextual menus for quick and convenient access to page and runsheet actions

  • Ad dummying with image views

  • Page filtering along with runsheet filtering

  • Pages and Runsheet Inspectors for viewing and batch changing information about ads, pages and placements

  • Views Inspector for reviewing the issue based selective criteria

  • Layout view displaying the issue as a miniaturized graphic representation of pages and ads

  • Built-in linking intelligence that automatically links ads to their digital files

  • Layouts palette to build comprehensive auto layout processes

  • Issue template management for efficient access and reuse of issue setups

  • Physical sectioning with automatic section folios combined with logical sections allowing precise ad placements

  • Definable issue configurations to automate section structures and page color assignments


Easy adoption for ALS and AdForce customers

Our customers have relied on our ad layout solutions, day in and day out, for years. To make sure it’s easy to adopt AdforceX, we built an intelligent import process that brings in your ALS or AdForce preferences. This  ensures that your configurations and import setups that align with your front-end data will work with AdforceX right from the start.


Plenty of help to guide your way

AdforceX has an abundance of tool tips displaying descriptions and usage for every aspect of the application. And the Help menu has all the instructional documentation to help you learn how to configure and use the new software. Click on a topic and it opens in your browser. You can find whatever you need as you work with AdforceX, or download a PDF to refer to it anytime.


Same tried and true features

On top of it all, AdforceX has all the key capabilities our customers have come to expect from our ad layout solutions:


Keeps track of color placements, page and section requests, pickups and a host of other requirements.


Imports tab-delimited runsheet files from any electronic order-entry system.


Supports a wide array of customizable page and issue attributes.


Controls double truck placements and accurately exports bleed ads to InDesign.


Flows ads automatically, by drag-and-drop, or a combination of both.


Manages ad conflicts and even shows you a potential conflict as you drag and drop ads.


Links ads to their digital file paths without requiring file path entries in the runsheet.


Multidirectional flow controls allow forward, backward or random ad distribution.


Completed issues and pages can be opened in InDesign with ad links, folios and all the other layout information inherited.


System Requirements for AdforceX 1.5

Macintosh computer with Intel processor for macOS 10.14 Mohave and macOS 10.15 Catalina, and Intel or ARM for macOS 11 Big Sur.
4 GB RAM

AdforceX layouts can be opened InDesign using the Ad Import Plug-in for CC 2019, 2020 or 2021 on Mac or Windows.

Click here to see the full compatibility chart