SANTA ANA, California, August 27, 2009 — Markzware, the recognized authority and inventor of preflighting, released a significant upgrade to its popular preflight solution, FlightCheck Professional for Macintosh. In light of today’s economic challenges, Markzware is offering $100 off this latest version of FlightCheck Professional v6.5 with full support for the Adobe CS4 Suite (Creative Suite) and QuarkXPress 8. This powerful upgrade gives printers, graphic designers and publishers the ability to preflight efficiently, avoiding costly production errors.
For well over a decade, the process of preflighting has been an important step for printers and prepress professionals worldwide. Preflighting is the process that identifies and corrects missing items and errors in customer files before they become bigger and more costly problems further downstream in the printing process.
“I swear by my Markzware FlightCheck Pro,” said Martin Harding, prepress Mac operator, at Prometheus Press. Harding continues, “I like it because it quickly identifies RGB color space, trapping and over-printing issues and even problems that might have occurred with ink density. I work on a high-end system with built-in file-checking, but I still think it is important to have a system like FlightCheck Pro to catch any problems early on.”
The earlier in the print workflow hazards are flagged and fixed, the smoother the workflow will be and the less expensive the job will be to print. Unlike other preflight solutions which are plug-ins to native applications, FlightCheck is a stand-alone application with full support of Adobe CS4 Suite. Ground Controls in this pre press software allow you to establish preferences to identify the preflight issues in your workflow. If anything in the document breaks your rules, FlightCheck flags the problem. Pamela V. White, a design manager who is self employed in graphic design & prepress services, said, “FlightCheck 6.5 is a great tool and extremely valuable to me, my department colleagues and the printers. It ensures that we are releasing print-ready files, problem free. I feel it is also a fabulous learning application for those trying to understand the preflight process and checks.”
Today, with shorter digital printing runs and time demands, digital files going to press require a higher level of print quality control. Whether the document is in Adobe PDF, Adobe CS4, or QuarkXPress, they all have several categories of elements, like fonts, colors, images, document setup and more; any of which may result in a print problem. FlightCheck’s versatility for thoroughly checking all document elements in several file types is one reason why it remains so popular and is considered by many to be the preeminent print quality control tool.
Another long-time user of FlightCheck, Dan Williams, said, “FlightCheck has been an essential application to our workflow by enabling us to identify and remedy file issues prior to print production. I would highly recommend a consistent preflight procedure (using FlightCheck) to any quality-controlled graphics environment.”
Virtually anything that needs to be printed, including magazines, catalogs, brochures, advertisements, manuals, catalogs, packaging and more, can benefit by the use of this print quality control tool. Today’s competitive and challenging economic environment requires printers and publishers to double and triple-check these document elements to avoid costly reprinting. Print, publishing and graphic arts professionals continue to rely on and profit from this new version, FlightCheck 6.5.
Rob Hawks, vice president of Prepress Online, said, “In our line of work, we preflight and review our client’s files to make sure that they are print compliant. We use FlightCheck as one of our first lines of defense. The software helps flag problems that we need to be aware of when dealing with fonts and images. I would highly recommend FlightCheck and all of the Markzware products for your workflows.”
Pricing and Availability:
FlightCheck Professional 6.5 software upgrade with full Adobe CS4 Macintosh support is available immediately. You can upgrade to FlightCheck Professional from v5.0 and higher for $99. FlightCheck Designer users may upgrade to FlightCheck Professional 6.5 for only $129. The full version is available for $399. End users and resellers may purchase through the Markzware Products page online.
Markzware, incorporated in 1995, is a privately held company based in Santa Ana, California. Markzware develops quality control tools, preflighting and data conversion solutions for the international graphic arts, printing and digital multimedia industries. Markzware B.V., located in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, is the company’s headquarters for activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.