Markzware‘s FlightCheck, the patented preflight solution to check prepress files for print quality control, has Non-PDF
Ground Controls. These include a Usage section under Fonts. This Fonts Usage section offers the following Ground Controls:
- Menu Styled
- Unused Fonts
- Small point sizes
- Text Shadow
Read on to learn how these preflight features can help you.
Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Ground Controls:
Menu Styled – This Ground Control triggers if the user applied a style to a font without selecting the actual font name from the font selection menu. This can cause problems if the user applies a style of say Bold to a font and actually does not have the Bold version of that font loaded on their computer. QuarkXPress and PageMaker allowed this “menu styling” to occur. InDesign does not allow this feature.
Encoding – This Ground Control triggers when a font uses a non-standard encoding. The non-standard encoding affects how output devices may image a font.
Unused Fonts – This Ground Control triggers if an unused style sheet is referencing a font that is not currently active. This will not affect print output, but may be a condition that some people may want to be warned is present.
Small point sizes – This Ground Control triggers if text below the specified size is detected as used in the document. This can be important if someone uses 4 point type and, in your workflow, type this small tends to break up and become unreadable.
Text Shadow – This Ground Control triggers if a text container has a drop shadow applied to it. InDesign and Quark currently only allow drop shadows applied to the entire text container.
Here is a video that shows how FlightCheck can preflight font types and more:
FlightCheck warns if:
- font style is applied without a font name selected
- font uses non-standard encoding
- unused style sheet references an inactive font
- used text is below specified size
- text container has a drop shadow
- and much more.
For more information on Markzware‘s pre press software to check digital files for print quality, see the FlightCheck page.
For more desktop publishing (DTP) and printing solutions, see the Markzware Products page.
Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Ground Controls: Non-PDF Fonts Usage