FlightCheck considers the document that was preflighted a Top Level document. Thus, if you preflight an InDesign file (INDD document) that uses 4 fonts and 10 images, FlightCheck will see the InDesign document as the Top Level document and not the linked images. FlightCheck works on one Top Level document at a time. When you preflight several documents at once, each Overview Window opened in FlightCheck is a report for a Top Level document. Thus, if you preflight three documents, you will see three Overview Windows and one Results Window open in FlightCheck.
Auto-switching is a feature of FlightCheck that “detects the type of file you are preflighting” and selects the proper Preflight Mode. If you preflight a QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign file, FlightCheck will use the Non-PDF Preflight Mode Rules.
If you preflight a PDF file, FlightCheck will automatically switch to the PDF Preflight Mode Rules. As of FlightCheck 6, this feature is set up for you by default. (In earlier FlightCheck versions, you may have had to manually set up this feature.) The setup for auto-switching is found under the Advanced Preferences area. For more information on this pre press software, please visit the FlightCheck page. For more desktop publishing (DTP) and printing solutions, please visit the Markzware Products page.
FlightCheck currently supports several languages including, English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish. Each language has two modes, a Non-PDF Mode and a PDF Mode. By selecting a Preflight Mode from under the File menu, you can switch languages. **Important Note #1 – FlightCheck 6 is set up to auto-switch between Non-PDF and PDF Preflight Modes based on the type of file you preflight. If you manually switch Preflight Modes, you should first go to the Advanced Preferences area and deselect Auto Preflight Detection, otherwise FlightCheck will continue to select a Preflight Mode based on the type of file you preflight.
**Important Note #2 – The very first time you start up FlightCheck you are asked to select a default language. If you select say US (English) and then manually change Preflight Modes to say FR (French), unless you disable the Auto Preflight Detection preference, FlightCheck will always switch back to the Default language you selected.
For more information on this stand-alone application for preflighting many file types for printing quality, see the FlightCheck page. For more desktop publishing (DTP) software and printing solutions, see the Markzware Products page.
Alright. Today, we’re going to go over Auto Preflight Detection in FlightCheck 7. How to automatically switch preflight profiles, or Ground Control sets, and preflight paines, based on file type. Now, everyone should, hopefully, know what Ground Controls are. If not, we have a great series of videos on how to set up your Ground Controls.
You go in here and click on or off all the settings. One small dot is a warning. A full dot or square is an error. And you can change these and you can make different sets of Ground Controls. And some can be based on PDF, and some can be based on Open files. And this, the default, I always have based for InDesign files. And there, you can adjust things to how you like. Right? You can export and share these, etc.
Under File, the Preflight Mode, you can change languages there, as well. German, Dutch, French, but you can also, Spanish. You can also go under English, US English, and change to the PDF interface. It even warns you Auto Preflight is there, and you see the Ground Controls change. Now, these are all PDF-based set of checks, and we get a different interface up top. There’s no package or collect job, which is more important in a, for a Quark or InDesign or Illustrator file.
Auto preflight detection under FlightCheck Preferences, just says click here in the flight strip Preferences. And under Advanced, you can then choose the Auto Preflight Detection and click on Customize. From there, you can see we have some object classes and Preflight Mode set up. And if you hit Expert Mode, you get even more information. We’re going to have Minimum and Maximum Doc Versions, Application Types, Creator Type, Extension Type, etc. Turn that off for now. Or you can add a new class, a new type of file type just by here and you can say, “Okay, well, I want Photoshopnative files to have… and you must go into your Applications > FlightCheck 7 Mac > Data > and the language you’re choosing, you’re using.
And then you can choose non-PDF interface, or Preflight Mode, as we call it. And then, you can also define a set of Ground Controls. So, we’ll say Default. And you’ll see it here. And you’ll see you have for Illustrator, a set of checks [to preflight and package Illustrator]. And also, set at Default, and lots of others. Okay? So, when we click OK, the Auto Preflight Detection should now work. Alright. What I’ll first do is take a PDF here and we’ll drop it on the FlightCheck flight strip. (FlightCheck eagle screeches.)
And you’ll see the Ground Controls are at PDF/x1-a, but, you see, this is not a perfect PDF/x1-a. So, right away, we know, and you see what the problems are. Right? Now, if I leave those Ground Controls open and note the interface. If I then take one of these Illustrator, native Illustrator, files and drop it on the flight strip… (FlightCheck eagle screeches.)
Look at that! We get a whole different interface. We get, automatically, it warns us of the problems. There’s a missing font I have. I did not convert fonts to outline. I have a missing font in there. Very handy to know. And we can see it and this is extremely useful, FlightCheck, for checking Illustrator and Photoshop files. What you see is the Ground Controls switched from those PDF/x1-a to PDF interface, right to the Default set of Ground Controls, which we just set up, up in the Preferences. So, very handy!
So, that’s FlightCheck, and how to set up in the File Preferences the, under Advanced, the Auto Preflight Detection, a very powerful way to automatically change your preflight checks, based on file type, and even versioning, and extension, and much more. So, it’s been, here, David Dilling, with this tip of the day, how to set up Auto Preflight Detection in Markzware’s FlightCheck 7 for InDesign, QuarkXPress, Illustrator, PDF, Photoshop, you name it. We’re going to help you preflight it, before you go to print, press, or even for online use.
Check us out today on www.markzware.com and try the free demonstration version of FlightCheck for 30 days. Try it for yourself. It’s really amazing! A great tool to have in anybody’s toolbox. It goes much further than just InDesign, or any other preflight tool. It’s stand-alone, powerful, and it’ll help you in your workflow, to save time, money, and, more importantly, stop headaches. Take care.
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