Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Main Menu: Preflight Menu
The Views Menu is visible under the FlightCheck menu and contains the Show Page Layout option.
Show Page Layout – This option is available when you have a document open in FlightCheck. The Page Layout window displays a wireframe view of pages on the window’s left side and a list of items on the window’s right side. Selecting an item on the window’s right side highlights the item in the window’s left side. This is useful for finding objects, such as RGB images. More information about the highlighted item is displayed at the bottom of the Page Layout window.
Bring up the Page Layout window, find RGB images and more, with FlightCheck
Read on to learn how these preflight options can help you:
Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Main Menu: Preflight Menu
Preflight Document – This will recheck any open documents. If you select Preflight Document and have multiple documents open, they will all be rescanned. You can also use Command -F to invoke this command. This is the same as hitting the Recheck button in the FlightStrip.
Display FlightCheck®Results – This will bring up the Results Window if you have hidden it, or it will bring the Results Window to the front if you have several windows open. You can also use Command – M to invoke this command.
Show Ground Controls – This will bring up the Ground Controls Window, if you have hidden it. If you have several windows open, it will bring the Ground Controls Window to the front. You can also use Command – G to invoke this command.
Launch Document – This will attempt to launch the native application for the current document you have open. If you have multiple documents open, FlightCheck will attempt to launch the native application for the document listed in the frontmost Overview Window. FlightCheck cannot launch applications to which you do not have access on your computer. FlightCheck will launch the latest version of the application it finds. If you preflight a QXP 8 document and have both QuarkXPress 8 and 9 loaded on your computer, FlightCheck will attempt to launch the document in QuarkXPress 9.
Find Image – This menu item will be available if you have any images flagged as missing. This allows you to select a single image and navigate to where you believe the missing image is located. When using Find Image, you can point FlightCheck to a different image than the original image used in the job. This feature allows FlightCheck to find images so image attributes (RGB, CMYK color space, resolution, etc.) can be reported. It does not link or re-link images to your job.
Show Image Folder… – This menu item will be available if you have any images flagged as missing. This allows you to select a folder where you believe the missing images reside. Once you select a folder, FlightCheck will rescan the job and look in the folder you selected for the images flagged as missing. If FlightCheck finds the images, it will report additional information about the images. If FlightCheck cannot find the images, they will still be flagged as missing. This is a great tool to see if someone has sent you all of the images required for a job. If they package the job with all images in a folder called MyImages, you can point FlightCheck to that folder. This feature allows FlightCheck to find images so image attributes (RGB, CMYK color space, resolution, etc.) can be reported. It does not link or re-link images to your job.
Recheck documents, show the Results or Ground Controls windows, launch the document’s application,
navigate to a “missing image” location, select a “missing image” folder, and more, with FlightCheck
Read on to learn how these preflight options can help you:
Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Main Menu: Edit Menu
Can’t Undo – Not available
Cut – Only available for text areas in the Ground Controls window, like resolution and flatness and for the text that displays hints at the bottom of the Results Window if an item is highlighted.
Copy – Only available for text that has been copied in the Ground Controls window, like resolution and flatness and for the text that displays hints at the bottom of the Results Window if an item is highlighted and for text input in the Collect Window.
Paste – Only available for text areas in the Ground Controls window, like resolution and flatness and for the text that displays hints at the bottom of the Results Window. If an item is highlighted for text input in the Collect Window, this text can be pasted into other apps besides FlightCheck. You can copy text from other areas such as an image name in the Overview Window,
but when you paste it, you will not get the text that you expect as the text has been encoded and you typically see some hexadecimal number representation.
Clear – This will clear the highlighted text and can be used wherever Copy and Paste can be used.
Select All – Not available and is grayed out.
Set Password – Here you can enter a password for the FlightCheck application. By entering a password, you will be required to type it in every time you startup FlightCheck in order to access the application and be able to preflight documents. Unless you have a compelling reason to password protect FlightCheck, please leave this alone. If you ever enter a password and forget the
password, the only way to recover is to delete FlightCheck’s preferences and fonts database by starting up FlightCheck and immediately holding down the Shift-Key. When you do this you will have lost all of your previous settings including any Ground Controls sets you have created that you have not been exported.
Measurements – This allows you to select the units of measurement that you want FlightCheck to display for jobs you preflight.
Here is a video that shows how FlightCheck can help with preflighting:
Cut, copy, paste, and clear text, set your password, select measurements and more with FlightCheck
Markzware‘s preflight solution, FlightCheck, offers advanced preferences in the Preferences area, under the Advanced tab. Users can customize with prepress features for Auto Preflight Detection, Extended Features, Logging, Truncate Long Column Strings in Reports, and more.
Markzware FlightCheck 7.5 Mac Advanced Preferences
Auto Preflight Mode Detection – When this is enabled, FlightCheck will look for entries in the File Type List to know when to switch from the Non-PDF to the PDFPreflight Modes. By default, this is already set up for you when FlightCheck is installed. When you preflight a QuarkXPress or InDesign file and then preflight a PDF file, the Ground Controls change and there is no Collect button for PDF files.
The Customize Button – Click the Customize button to see the File Type List window, where the script entries for Auto Preflight Mode Detection are stored.
Reduced Detail – Currently not active
Extended Features – Enabling this shows an extra checkbox in the Results window. This checkbox allows you to select “Show All Items” instead of viewing just the Errors and Warnings. Enabling this Preference means the list of items in the Results window will now show for almost every Ground Control available in FlightCheck. Unless you need to see all intricate details of the document in text format, leave this Preference disabled. Then, use the Overview Window to view document details.
Logging – By default, this is disabled. If enabled, FlightCheck will create a log file in the same folder as the FlightCheck application resides. This log file contains the names of files that have been preflighted, the time when they were opened, i.e., when they were preflighted, and the time when they were closed. This may be useful for tracking how long certain files took to be preflighted and possibly worked on.
Truncate Long Column Strings in Reports – This preference deals with how the report for the Overview Window looks if you perform a Save As from under the File Menu. If this Preference is enabled, long filenames will be chopped short or truncated. If this is left unchecked, then long filenames will not be truncated when present in the Overview Window Save As Report feature.
Instead, long filenames will be shown in full, this will result in a rougher report appearance. This is how a report looks with Chop Long Column Strings in Reports enabled:
This is how a report looks with Chop Long Column Strings in Reports disabled:
Here is a video that shows how FlightCheck can preflight print files:
FlightCheck’s OPI Preferences In order to change the following three image resolution preferences, first close all open documents in FlightCheck. Once you do this, these OPI Preferences will be available to modify:
Collect Low Resolution OPI Files – When this is enabled, FlightCheck will collect the low resolution or FPO OPI image. If this is disabled (unchecked), FlightCheck will not collect the low resolution OPI images.
Collect High Resolution OPI Files – When this is enabled, FlightCheck will collect the high resolution OPI image. If this is disabled (unchecked), FlightCheck will not collect the high resolution OPI images.
Report Using High Resolution OPI Files – When this is enabled (checked), FlightCheck will report using the data it finds for the high resolution OPI image. This is what most people want as the low resolution OPI images are not used to process the final postscript or PDF file sent to a RIP. (FlightCheck supports ColorCentral and has limited support for Helios. Xinet OPI is not supported.)
Format of File Path Embedded in Low Res Files
Depending on your OPI Software, the path written into the low resolution OPI image may be one of the following platforms or standards. By default, Best-effort Guess is checked. The four choices below represent a set of radio buttons, of which only one choice can be active at a time.
Windows – Uses Windows path names typically denoted as C:\Some_directory
Macintosh – Uses Macintosh path names typically denoted as MyHD:Some Directory
Posix – Uses Posix path names typically denoted as /usr/local/
Best-effort Guess – FlightCheck looks at the path it finds and makes a decision whether to use Windows, Macintosh or Posix.
List of Absolute Search Paths
Adding a Path – Make sure that all open documents are closed. If you have any open documents, the + and – buttons will be grayed out. To add a path for FlightCheck to search, click on the + button. This will bring up a normal system Choose a Folder window, where you can navigate to the folder that you want to add to the path.
Making the Path Recursive – Once you have entered a path, on the left side of the path name is a checkbox called Recursive. Check this box if you want FlightCheck to search down through all sub-levels of this folder. Making a folder recursive can cause long scan times if the folder contains a lot of nested folders.
Search all Mounted Network Volumes – If this is enabled, FlightCheck will automatically search all network mounted volumes when you preflight a file. This can cause very long scan times and is turned off by default. It is safer to add an absolute path to your image repositories than to let FlightCheck search every volume you have mounted.
Search Recursively all Mounted Network Volumes – will search all mounted network volumes recursively. This can really slow you down if your network volumes have many nested folders. This is also off by default and should be used with caution.