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How to Check PDF (Portable Document Format) Files for Printing Quality

Markzware FlightCheck PDF Ground Controls File

Markzware shows how to check PDF (Portable Document Format) files for printing quality, by using the FlightCheck app to preflight and package:

PDF preflighting is a common and important step in the print workflow. Software could provide your workflow with a fast solution that enables reliable print quality control.

Software developer, Markzware, looks for new ways to improve its printing solutions, to best serve PDF and other DTP file users. Markzware’s FlightCheck is a comprehensive preflight program to examine pre-press document details for printing issues.

You can learn how to preflight Portable Document Format files, to ensure top quality print results. For more information, watch this video about using the stand-alone FlightCheck application to check Adobe Acrobat and other PDF files:

How to Check PDF (Portable Document Format) Files for Printing Quality


Skilled print professionals want solutions that suit the print job’s requirements and file type. Printers can greatly benefit from Markzware FlightCheck, a quick and effective preflight solution that catches potential print errors in PDF (and non-PDF) files.

How to Check PDF Files for Printing Quality:
• Install and activate FlightCheck preflight software.
• Click on your preferred checkboxes in FlightCheck’s Preferences and PDF Ground Controls.
• Set PDF Ground Control items to Off, Warning, or Error, depending on the needs of your print workflow.
• Drag and drop your PDF file onto the FlightCheck icon to begin the preflighting process.
• FlightCheck will warn you of the potential printing problems that you specified.

The Portable Document Format embeds images, fonts, and other document details, all in one file. Despite the complexity of the PDF format, FlightCheck is able to alert users to document items that may need attention, before the press process begins.

“Designers or graphics creators can purchase separate preflight software that will generate reports about a PDF or PostScript file before they submit it to a manufacturer. The most popular dedicated preflight software is from Markzware and is called FlightCheck.”
– Lic Mauro Valdivia, Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals
Source: https://issuu.com/licmaurovaldivia/docs/graphic-design-and-print-production

FlightCheck provides many benefits:
• allows the workflow to proceed faster, by batch preflighting several files at once.
• provides you with a certainty that a preflight checklist has been performed before press time.
• enables increased profitability.
• lets you customize preferences to check print documents and streamline complex preflighting tasks.
• is useful for large, complicated documents that would require a time-consuming visual check.
• can inspect both PDF and non-PDF documents, for printing quality.
• speeds up the prepress process for print production.
• enhances branding via association of the business with quality.
• identifies issues and alerts staff to file problems that they can solve, to avoid printing problems.

Markzware FlightCheck PDF Ground Controls to
Check PDF (Portable Document Format) Files for Printing Quality:

Markzware FlightCheck PDF Ground Controls to Check PDF (Portable Document Format) Files for Printing QualityFlightCheck offers several features, including:
• batch preflighting to check multiple files in one preflighting session, for higher production levels.
• support for multiple file types.
• customizable Ground Controls.
• support for many languages, including English, German, Dutch, French, and Spanish.
• packaging of the print job files into a single folder that enables collaboration.
• warnings of potential printing errors found.
• easy installation via the Applications folder.

Markzware FlightCheck is a single application that can help printers and print designers to manage prepress document checks. It does not require other software, in order to check native PDF image types and resolution, ink density, and other print document aspects.

FlightCheck can preflight several file formats, including:
• Acrobat PDF (v3.0 – CC 2017)
• CorelDRAW (v8.0 – v9.x)
• EPS
• FreeHand (v7.0 – v11.x)
• Illustrator (v6.0 – CC 2017)
• InDesign (v1.9 – CC 2017)
• PageMaker (v4.2 – v7.x)
• Photoshop (v4.0 – CC 2017)
• QuarkXPress (v3.1 – 2017)
• TIFF
• Word (2000 – 2002)
• more

Preflight PDF Tools in Markzware FlightCheck Preflight Solution:
Preflight PDF Tools in Markzware FlightCheck Preflight Solution
If PDF file problems are overlooked in prepress, error-filled documents may be produced, causing waste. FlightCheck addresses this concern for print, publishing, graphic arts users.

Some print document details on which FlightCheck can report:
• colors
• fonts
• image resolution
• file format
• missing images
• ink density
• ICC profiles
• image type
• embedded images
• transparency
• trapping
Markzware FlightCheck logo
FlightCheck
provides a customizable checklist that can help to guide you in your quality control process. It can check files, package the job files into one folder, and provide a preflight report that lists potential printing problems.

To buy Markzware’s pre press software to check digital files for print quality control, please visit the FlightCheck page. For more desktop publishing (DTP) and printing solutions, see the Markzware Products page.

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