InDesign CS6 Live Preflight Problems
There are numerous reasons why to use a stand-alone preflight process, in addition to an in-flight preflight tool, like InDesign Live Preflight in CS6 or CC offers. FlightCheck can preflight multiple InDesign files, package InDesign INDD files, compress the packaged InDesign jobs (even multiple InDesign files), but also preflight and package many other DTP file types, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, and even the resulting PDF.
That is why you can use FlightCheck to get around many InDesign CS6 preflight problems, such as those highlighted in this software tutorial:
InDesign CS6 Live Preflight Problems – Why FlightCheck – YouTube
Markzware FlightCheck is the preflight solution to InDesign CS6 Live Preflight problems
Hi, everybody. David Dilling from Markzware here. Well, here I am in my makeshift office. I’ve gone broken my leg. I’m not here to pick on Adobe. I mean, I use InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, daily. But the reality is, once again, and it’s ironic that this YouTube channel started back in 2008, with the very first video being about Live preflighting in InDesign and how FlightCheck is professionals’ choice and showing you exactly why. ( mouse clicks … video plays … Watch here: Adobe InDesign “preflight” vs Markzware’s FlightCheck – YouTube )
Well, here yet again, I’m gonna show you, now we’re on InDesign CS6, FlightCheck version 6.90, how that is still the fact today. A professional preflighter, or prepress operator, layout artist at a publisher, or graphic designer, who takes quality as serious, will want to watch this video. I think it’s very useful information. Many customers that have done this have had serious problems in InDesign. We can fix those, as well, but there’s no reason to fix after the fact. Markzware’s FlightCheck and preflighting, in general, is all about allowing you to stop problems before they become real big job-stoppers. And that’s what Markzware‘s all about, always has been. Alright. Let’s go check it out, what I have to show you today. Very interesting stuff.
Today, I’m going to show you why to use Markzware’s FlightCheck over InDesign Live Preflight in CS6 or CS5. Of course, it’s nice that down here you see a little indicator of what could be problems in your InDesign file, but what I want to show you today is an area where FlightCheck excels. I’m going to do a couple things. I’m going to go into PowerPoint here. I have a PowerPoint document, also, on PDF2DTP. And I’m going to grab an image. I’m going to copy and paste this image. Copied it. I’m going to go in here. Command-V, or you can, of course, do Edit > Paste. There it is. Okay? So, we’re going to put that here. It doesn’t really matter, anyway. It doesn’t have to be a perfect document to show you what I’m going to do. So, that was copied and pasted from a Microsoft product. It can be Word or PowerPoint. You’ll see what I mean, in a moment.
Next, what I want to do is go into the internet. I’m closing PowerPoint. I want to go into the internet here, and what I want to do is a web search. Did a web search for FlightCheck, which we’re going to show you in a moment here. And I’m going to Google under Images to find images about FlightCheck. Now, number one, there could be copyright issues if using these images in a publication or artwork, but in this case, unfortunately, many people do this. Now, this is wrong what I’m doing. Don’t get me wrong, because we get bad InDesign files, which we fix just about daily, from people that have done just this, and their InDesign file will eventually crash, and not only crash, but die, no longer able to be opened.
Our service can help resurrect them, but it is an iffy process and does not always work. It works about 70% of the time. So, this is what you do not want to do, but what I hear, time and time again, people are doing. They’ll take an image and say, “Hey, that looks cool. I want that here, and this one looks nice, so I’m going to ‘View original image’ and say, okay, that looks good. Let’s grab that one and use it here.” You see what I’m saying? So, they’re grabbing them from the internet and dragging and dropping from the Safari browser right into the page layout.
Now, the danger, as you see, is that these files look great. I mean, these images look fantastic, and you say, “Wow, that would be great to print this thing.” I mean, obviously, I could work on this layout, but you get the idea what I’m trying to show you here. People are copying and pasting a lot from Word, text and images, which can both cause problems and corrupt files. Beyond that fact, what we’re gonna talk about today is the preflight process. So, these files now are used in my so-called print layout, my print document here. Alright, see, here you see a new version I just made of the file right to the left of it. So, the same file. I just added those images. Learn how to properly Place Images in InDesign.
I’m going to now drop this on FlightCheck. FlightCheck is our stand-alone application to preflight more than fifty file formats, and it does the work. (FlightCheck eagle screeches.) Look at that. In seconds, it’s done. Stand-alone, outside of InDesign, like any tennis player will tell you, don’t coach me during the match, coach me before and after the match. So, here we are now. We get, first, the results. We get a full overview of potential problems. You see a bunch of them, all based on said preferences in our Ground Controls, which we set up to check for various problems. You see a full host. We check for resolution between certain ranges. We’ll look for ICC profiles. We’ll look for LZW encoding. (FlightCheck eagle screeches.) You name it, we’ll check it.
Let’s go look now at the main window, the main interface, where we get a full overview of all colors and fonts used, very important. We see here some, and if you hover over any icon, you’ll see you can try a 30-day demo version yourself via the link we’ll provide. You’ll see that, here, we have a screen font that’s missing for these two files. That might cause, very slight, in some cases, or major, in other font cases, misalignment or trickery of the fonts and the typography in the way it would look, compared to how it will print. So, very important to have both the screen and printer fonts. Now, what I want to show you is under the Images section.
What we see here is a lot of very important information. What I want to first highlight (I’m going to make the window bigger to do this) is that these here, these images here with the long file name, and it says Stored, and we have that checked as a potential problem. Why? You’ll notice there’s three. You’ll notice they have strange names. These are the files we just dragged and dropped from the internet, or copied and pasted from PowerPoint into our InDesign print document. Alright? FlightCheck sees them. I want you to note this now, because it’s very important, what I’m going to show you in a moment.
We have a JPEG and a TIFF and another JPEG that were done like that, but we also have a missing image that’s not okay. So, we have actually four main problems. A missing image, which is quite easy to solve, if we could find the image, but these stored images aren’t the problem, which I showed you how we just had in InDesign. Now, if we go back into InDesign, there’s a link to a source that is missing, a source that is missing. Note that. Go to the Links panel, you know, to check it out. Alright, okay.
We’re back in here. My Links panel is here, very handy in InDesign. And you can see the missing image here with the question mark. Okay? Now, I get some useful details. There’s just no doubt about it. It’s useful. Now, take a close look here. What do you see? These are all the links. These are all the images used, according to InDesign and their preflight, which still shows just one error, that one missing image. Where are these images? One, it highlights it here and says, “Hey, look at all this fancy information.” Where are these files?
Well, look, if I click on this one, nothing happens in the Links panel. Click on this one, nothing happens. They don’t show up in InDesign in the Links panel, but they do show up in FlightCheck. You see them right here, those three images, and you see down below, where you still only see one error. These are default settings Preflight Panel Images. Right? They’re images. I did an Image search on Google. They don’t show up here. These links don’t show up as missing.
If I go and define Profiles under Links, if I go to Images and Objects and I click that on and I have switched to Basic Copy. And we do, we get here, you see, as I switch, we then, you see, we have more errors, and, under Links, we also have Images and Objects. And Image Resolution, you’ll see that these are defined as graphics, what we dragged and dropped in here. Okay? There’s nothing unique. It will take you to each individual graphic, but there’s nothing unique about the name and, you know, similar to FlightCheck, but it doesn’t really tell us anything else, that there’s nothing absolutely wrong here. Okay? Amazing. More than just preflight problems.
So, prefight is useful in InDesign CS6 Live Preflight, but Markzware, who has the patent on preflighting and are known as the inventors of the stand-alone preflighting process, goes many steps further, and this is just one instance where we can pinpoint that. Would you, as a prepress operator, want to risk the chance that your customer, who has dragged and dropped files from the internet into their file, or has copied and pasted from Word or PowerPoint into their InDesign document, and is coming to print with you, that you would overlook this? FlightCheck will find this for you in (snaps fingers) seconds. I’m telling you right now, and I’ll put a couple links in right here, after this. Well, here, check it out right now, first.
Check out what we get in, and this is just from the last year, and, now, you know, I get many more phone calls and Skypes and iChats and, you know, LiveChats about this: people copying and pasting, dragging and dropping from the internet. Check it out. Alright. Here’s a couple more:
“I was placing an image, and the app collapsed.”
“InDesign document crashed while copying and pasting a photo.”
“Dear David, You have identified my possible problem.”
“Placing images via drag-and-drop from an internet page.”
“I have been copying and pasting data and images from MS Publisher directly into InDesign.”
A huge problem for corrupting files and even bigger problem, because InDesign doesn’t even see it inside your file. So, you see this a real problem and you see that FlightCheck solves that problem, warns you of these stored images, as we call them, which could be copied and pasted, or dragged and dropped from the internet, but basically that file is not on this hard drive, as a designer here, but FlightCheck will (snaps fingers) get you right down to the bottom of it.
One point, now, this is a good reason to ask for a PDF, and many people do require PDFs, but many printers just cannot make that requirement of their customers, because they just can’t. I mean, if they’re dragging and dropping things from the internet to use as a high-res image, how are they going to make a high-res PDF? I mean, there are certain levels of cooperation needed, as a printer, to help your customers.
Now, this document again. Another useful feature of FlightCheck is its ability to collect the InDesign job. If your designer is going to send you native files, you can better have them use FlightCheck, too, and collect the job, and, which you’ll notice, we can compress the InDesign job, you know, making it nice and small for sending to the next party in the workflow, but it will also collect, not only all the fonts, but also all the images. (chimes) You get a FlightCheck folder, a folder, in this case saying, “Watch out, it’s not approved.” So, right away, we know, as the next person in the workflow, “Hey, this file’s got something iffy about it.”
The collected job folder inside will have all needed elements. It’ll make a copy of the file preflighted, in this case, in Adobe InDesign desktop publishing (DTP) layout. It’ll make a collect report, a full preflight report for the next person or party in the workflow, a Fonts folder with all available fonts, and an Images folder with all images used and collected into one folder, the same file we just got in via the FlightCheck collected folder here, and drop it on FlightCheck again. (FlightCheck eagle screeches.) You see the images there, what you see in our page layout, those exact images with the exact problems.
So, now, if I want to go into the file, and, this is extremely handy, let’s go check it out. Launch document. Boom. You’re right inside the document and you’re right to the page need to go to and right to the element you need to address. Folks, this is Markzware FlightCheck version 6.90 for the Macintosh. With full CS6 support and lower. It’ll check, like I said, more than fifty file formats from Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress 9 and lower, PDFs themselves. We even have a special set of Ground Controls only for PDF.
This is FlightCheck. Get the 30-day demo today. I have so much more to tell you about this product. To show you one example, I went into detail on it. I hope you understand why. Don’t leave home without it.