Printers and publishers increasingly revert from demanding print-ready PDF jobs only. There are excellent initiatives for PDF standards, but they are not the cure-all. While a well-trained prepress expert with tools may get away with some changes and last-minute file corrections, editing a PDF has not historically been a trivial task. Preflighting ensures that your PDF will print properly.
FlightCheck, the patented preflighting software from Markzware, can preflight PDF print jobs and more. FlightCheck scans documents during prepress for potential printing problems before the output process.
Here is an interesting FlightCheck user interview, with freelance book designer Mr. Paul de Boer, that goes into further detail on how to preflight PDF. Paul is a freelance graphic designer from The Netherlands who specializes in laying-out books for artists and historical societies, as well as standard design products:
De Boer on why he bought FlightCheck on a sunny Friday afternoon: “I want this weekend to have the time to correct them [100 pages of a book] properly. Now InDesign, the program [Adobe] InDesign, you can have a sort of ‘FlightCheck’ as well, but I am searching for perfection and FlightCheck from Markzware is giving more detail.” Source: http://www.pauldeboer.eu
Preflight InDesign and Preflight PDF with FlightCheck: FlightCheck User Interview
FlightCheck can preflight InDesign and PDF during prepress to ensure print quality
It was a pleasure servicing Paul’s order, especially since he personally picked it up on his bicycle with payment in cash! Not all of you can come into Markzware in southern California or our European office in the Netherlands, but still feel free to send Markzware your video links about how and why you use your Markzware products.
Testimonial from Paul de Boer:
I used FlightCheck when I was working with Quark. Then Adobe came with InDesign, and I thought:
Well, now I can check it within that programme. What a mistake!
OK, InDesign checks some basic elements, but I am a pro, and I deal with many print companies, each with their own (unique) demands. And some of those demands are not seen by InDesign…I design in InDesign. So if I make adjustments or corrections, I want to make them in the original files in an easy and fast way, and FlightCheck professional gives me that opportunity…
Last week I was finishing a 100 page book, and there was no time left for errors and delays. (yeah, yeah, the famous deadlines!) and InDesign could not guarantee me a perfect job. So I put up the phone and called Markzware in Rijswijk (the Netherlands) and asked them if they could help me instantly (it was Friday, and I only had the weekend left for corrections). Normally, the software has to be bought by resellers, but due to the time limit, I could come to the firm. I jumped on my bicycle and went for a 30 minute ride (I live in The Hague, Holland) to meet David Dilling of Markzware at his office, and I can only say that I was indeed helped instantly with great service!
It’s really refreshing that a company gives so much service…And also important: I indeed could fix a (minor) mistake, because of FlightCheck (was not seen by InDesign), and still had time left that weekend to go to the beach. So David, I make you a promise: I will promote your company and software programmes wherever I can, because like I said: You people are really great (as well as your software programmes)!
All the best,
Paul de Boer
Preflight InDesign and preflight PDF with Markzware FlightCheck, available online at the FlightCheck page! See more printing solutions on the Markzware Products page.
Preflight InDesign and Preflight PDF for Print: FlightCheck User Interview