Printing has quite changed since the last decade. Print production was irrevocably altered by digital production printing. The offset world became enlightened by computer-to-plate (CTP) manufacturing, and digital production printing revolutionized the business model of many quick print and copy establishments. Several file formats, such as Adobe InDesign, have increased in popularity for use in graphic design during prepress for print.
The transition from analog to digital production printing happened virtually overnight for print suppliers and other print professionals who had to make capital investments in new digital tools. For print buyers, content creators and retail customers, the learning curve has been significantly steeper. Suddenly, they weren’t being asked to submit camera-ready content; they were being asked for digital files.
Digital files can be checked during prepress for potential printing problems by using solutions for preflighting, which are software applications that analyze a digital file to ensure that it meets the specifications for its output intentions. FlightCheck, by Markzware, is the patented solution for preflighting to ensure print quality control. FlightCheck thoroughly checks documents in Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Publisher, and a variety of file formats, plus warns of possible print errors before printing.
Commercial printers found that it isn’t as difficult to ask for digital files, as it is for the quick print and copy business, which targets a customer base that has less graphic arts experience. The typical customer profile is a small-to-mid-sized local business that may have only one or two people on staff. These customers are less likely to have taken Graphic Arts 101 before designing their first tri-fold promotional brochure. FlightCheck can ensure print quality control for a variety of files created by these customers and more.
The print provider has been the customer’s first line of defense against printing problems sneaking through to output at the digital copier or digital press stage. Now, there are good tools on the market to help suppliers alleviate those problems. FlightCheck is the standard tool for preflighting that provides a detailed preflight report to help marketing, printing and publishing professionals to avoid printing problems.
Ensure Print Quality Control for Adobe InDesign, more
Preflight printing file formats in the digital workflow with FlightCheck
These quality assurance applications may be desktop tools, server-based or even highly automated, Web-enabled solutions. The desktop, scaled-down, server-based iterations are often the most appropriate for the quick-print business. For example, FlightCheck, the flagship application from Markzware, is a desktop-level solution for preflighting that will verify print specifications of wide range of file formats – from native application files (Microsoft Publisher, QuarkXPress, Word, as well as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat PDF, and more).
Use FlightCheck for preflighting your digital files in prepress. Try the free FlightCheck demo to see how easy preflighting can be, while saving money and providing print quality assurance. See more printing solutions and DTP software on the Markzware Products page.
Digital Production Printing File Formats: Ensure Print Quality Control for Adobe InDesign, more