This is a cool site for those in the printing industry in the UK, but useful for anyone who uses the English language really, PrintSpeak. “Print is not dead, but circulation and readership of printed publications are falling fast“, says Karen Charlesworth. It is Karen’s honest reporting and fairness to both vendors, as well as the users alike, that makes this site a must visit, in my book. The site is like a portal for both print news, but also informative links on prepress software, hardware, as well as editorial views that are up to the moment. They even have a nice (stand-alone) preflighting software category.
They also have a great and easy to read print industry newsletter, to which you can subscribe. Print’s one-stop product information shop, printing products directory, video library, product news and more.
Desktop Publishing (DTP) Education: Software publisher, Markzware, educates California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) students on desktop publishing applications and DTP tools:
Markzware participates in desktop publishing (DTP) education for graphic arts
Markzware is a leading provider of software solutions that contribute to environments in the training and education fields. These DTP solutions help to meet the needs of higher education within the field of graphic arts. Markzware is dedicated to maximizing the success of colleges and universities in the areas of graphic design, prepress, printing and publishing.
Our preflighting solution, FlightCheck is a stand-alone application that will preflight the native digital documents for the most popular desktop publishing applications such as Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, Illustrator and Photoshop files. With FlightCheck, you will discover and learn how important it is to catch any pending errors before going to press. FlightCheck continues to be an industry standard for preflighting.
Markzware Educates on Desktop Publishing (DTP) Applications, such as FlightCheck
How to use DTP application, FlightCheck, to ensure print quality control
In addition, Markzware products include an arsenal of data conversion solutions that include Q2ID, Pub2ID and ID2Q. These data conversion solutions will save a lot of time, so content creators won’t have to recreate the entire document within another desktop publishing program.
Markzware continues to support the importance of education, please let us know if you would like our participation in teaching about our award-winning preflighting and data conversion solutions for the graphics arts. For more education on Markzware’s DTP solutions for graphic arts, please visit our Products page.
CSUF Education on Desktop Publishing Applications and DTP Tools
A preflight check for checking PDF, graphic design, graphic arts, and other files for printing quality: A preflight check scans everything from PDF to Graphic for print quality assurance. FlightCheck, the patented preflight technology from Markzware, is the standard solution for providing a preflight check. FlightCheck can process a preflight check to ensure print quality for such file formats as Adobe InDesign, Acrobat PDF, QuarkXPress, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Publisher, and many more.
What is a preflight check?
A preflight check is a final look through all of your production files for an output quality check before they leave your desktop. This saves time while eliminating common project-delaying errors, as well as saves money as a final output quality and content check ensures that all of the client’s colors are correct and all project specifications are met with the best image printing. It is a good idea to have someone other than the production artist look over the files as a fresh set of eyes is more likely to catch potential problems. FlightCheck performs a thorough preflight check.
Create a preflight checklist to keep your work methodical and which you can hand back to the artist flagging problems for correction. Depending on your industry or the nature of your files, use and adapt the following preflight checklist when preflighting files:
Quick Quality Checklist by a dedicated Preflight Manager
1. Artist: Collect or package all your files, ready to burn to CD and update links. Prepare all your paperwork, burn to disk, and package everything up ready for the supplier, then hand it off to your quality control manager for a final print quality check. If you need help preparing your package read my article on How To Ship Files.
Goal: Preparing the package to go out means that all materials in your package – digital or paper – can be checked and if it is approved it can go immediately to the supplier.
2. Preflighter: take the package and download the contents of the disk to your hard drive so you have a record of what you checked and what shipped.
3. While they are downloading: Look at all the paperwork and the printouts supplied by the artist.
Goal: This visual check gets you familiar with the job and flags the most obvious problems quickly.
a) Do they seem to have been built to supplier specifications?
b) Are printouts of all elements on the disk provided?
c) Do they seem to conform to your company’s expected standards?
d) Do you see any obvious errors (i.e., safety, spelling, improper template usage)?
e) Are the markups to your supplier clear or do they raise more questions?
4. Run a preflight software like FlightCheck by Markzware. Goal: For me, FlightCheck is the fastest way to get a snap shot of the project as a whole, allowing you to flag potential problems immediately. Once files are downloaded and you have made some notes from the printouts for follow up, load the fonts and run the files through FlightCheck.
It will flag:
a) RGB Images which should be CMYK
b) low resolution images, missing fonts, Pantone colors in use, missing images
5. Now look at the files Goal: You have flagged issues from the printouts and FlightCheck. Now it’s time to open and have a look at the files themselves.
a) are they built to the correct size?
b) what file formats are they (Illustrator, Quark, InDesign, PDF) and is this appropriate to the job?
c) are they the right scale?
d) is there enough bleed and are all graphics within the safety area?
e) are folds, die lines and glue flaps created properly?
f) check Ink densities (see my Ink Density post)
Total time for check up to this point: 15-30 mins (perhaps up to an hour for a larger project)
At this point you have three options for your project:
1. Run with it as is and ship package to supplier
2. Request revisions and a new disk from the artist
3. Flag marginal problems with the Studio Manager or Account person and decide on course of action (ie: fix or ship)
Stay consistent and allow that extra 1/2 hour for the print quality check and you will see your re-run or re-print costs go down. You will not eliminate every error but in a busy studio, where artists are often rushed, taking a moment to stop and double check things with FlightCheck will be time well spent.
David Williams is from Toronto, Canada. He has over 20 years of experience in print production, prepress, creative, studio management, print purchasing and client liaison and currently works for Silverpeak, a large format printing firm in Mississauga.
What Is A Preflight Check? Checking Everything From PDF To Graphic
Check PDF, graphic design and other file formats with FlightCheck.
Markzware invented FlightCheck, the preflight solution to check print quality before printing. FlightCheck scans documents thoroughly to catch printing errors during prepress before output. Markzware develops this preflight solution for the prepress and printing industry, including graphic designers, marketers, advertisers, publishers, printers, and other professionals who use prepress solutions. These various businesses share similar prepress challenges.
Printing businesses creating colorful marketing pieces with the latest technology may command higher prices for their products. To produce this type of high-quality document, smart businesses will want to use FlightCheck, since it can help avoid color printing problems and an entire list of other printing problems for documents created in a number of file types. FlightCheck can preflight Adobe InDesign, Acrobat PDF, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Publisher and many other file formats.
Preflight Solution – Markzware FlightCheck can preflight Adobe InDesign and other documents for print quality control in PDF or non-PDF workflows
The prepress department may handle graphic design, desktop publishing (DTP), web-to-print, and more. Time, materials and labor can be costly, so it is important to save on printing to help balance the budget against the other costs involved in printing production. FlightCheck helps avoid printing problems by checking documents to ensure printing quality before printing, thereby saving on printing costs.
As the use of graphic design technology grows, more files are created by customers. Many commercial printers receive customer-created files that require prepress work before printing properly. It is easier for prepress to prepare a print-ready file than to have to redesign it. Some printers train customers on how to create and submit a file, often favoring PDF. FlightCheck can preflight InDesign documents for PDF and non-PDF workflows.
Prepress professionals can ensure print quality control for their documents by using FlightCheck preflight software by Markzware to preflight Adobe InDesign, PDF files and more for quality print output. FlightCheck warns you of potential printing problems before it’s too late. Try the free FlightCheck demo and see how FlightCheck can provide print quality control for your prepress process. FlightCheck is available online from Markzware at the FlightCheck page. See more printing solutions on the Markzware Products page.
Preflight Adobe InDesign for Print Quality Control: Prepress with FlightCheck
Adobe InDesign printing is much in demand, and prepress providers need to preflight files for print quality control. To define preflight profiles, check out the FlightCheck preflight solution from Markzware. Markzware is the inventor of FlightCheck, the preflight solution for quality control in prepress workflows for Adobe InDesign printing and more.
Consult with your prepress provider to obtain a preflight profile or to learn what the settings are for preflight profiles. See how easy Adobe InDesign printing can be with FlightCheck in this video demonstration for prepress providers of Adobe InDesign printing:
Adobe InDesign Printing Guide: FlightCheck
FlightCheck, the preflight solution from Markzware, can be a valuable Adobe InDesign printing guide
FlightCheck scans files to alert you to potential printing problems, so that you can ensure printing quality. FlightCheck also provides a detailed preflight report to guide you to properly printing Adobe InDesign documents. FlightCheck is available from Markzware at the FlightCheck page. See more printing solutions on the Markzware Products page.
Preflighting Multiple Adobe InDesign Files with Markzware FlightCheck FlightCheck Ground Controls, Page Layout and results screens help act as an Adobe InDesign printing guide