Prepress systems administrator: "The best thing about FlightCheck today– it can be customized for your situation."

Prepress systems administrator for EBSCO Media, Randy Jamerson, shares about preflightingMarkzware has seen the ROI and value preflighting adds to the design to print workflow in chart form. Read on to see what this real user had to say on this topic:

Located in Birmingham, Alabama, EBSCO Media is one of the largest full-service sheetfed printers in the country. More info on their operation at the end, and how they use FlightCheck.

FlightCheck has evolved into a very robust and customizable product. For example,
if your workflow automatically converts RGB to CMYK and honors tagged profiles,
you can customize FlightCheck so that it does not flag these as error conditions.”

– Randy Jamerson, EBSCO Media
Randy Jamerson, prepress systems administrator

From: Randy Jamerson
Date: February 19, 2010 4:57:23 PM GMT+01:00
To: Mary Gay <pr AT markzware.com>
Subject: Re: Markzware/Congratulations/Questions for blog

Here are some thoughts that maybe you can use in your blog.

I was hired at EBSCO Media to be the first “Preflight” person in 1994. We didn’t have FlightCheck and desktop publishing (DTP) programs ( Quark and Pagemaker) at that time had non-existent or very rudimentary tools for preflight. Every image and graphic file associated with a job had to be individually scrutinized. When FlightCheck arrived, it was one of those “greater than sliced bread” events.

Desktop publishing has changed a lot in 15 years and many products now have built in preflight and collection tools, but Markzware was there “in the beginning” and made my job much easier. There was no way to efficiently do preflight, except for Markzware FlightCheck.

Desktop publishing programs have evolved and become more complex– new features have created new challenges for rips and for printers and has evolved into a very robust and customizable product. For example, if your workflow automatically converts RGB to CMYK and honors
tagged profiles, you can customize FlightCheck so that it does not flag these as error conditions. That’s the best thing about FlightCheck today– it can be customized for your situation.

Markzware’s other products have allowed EBSCO Media to be the “hero” for many of our clients.  While I don’t use these products on a daily basis, they are a great tool to have in your arsenal when you need it. With MarkzTools, we have often been able to rescue the customer with the dreaded Quark “bad file format”.

The file conversion utilities, Q2ID and Pub2ID have also been helpful to us internally and when our clients may need files converted.

Randy Jamerson
http://www.ebscomedia.com
EBSCO Media | Prepress Systems Administrator

Preflight color graphics destined for print in PDF format or native files, like Adobe InDesign, Illustrator or QuarkXPress, with Markzware FlightCheck, the stand-alone prepress application for preflighting!

In business for more than sixty years, EBSCO Media is, operating a 130,000-square-foot production facility and 50,000-square-foot warehouse space. The ability to design, print, bind, fulfill and mail custom-printed pieces enables them to deliver a full-service printing experience for customers across the United States.

Through EBSCO Media online Digital Print Center, print-on-demand orders can be placed, designs can be customized, and distribution can be directed remotely twenty-four hours a day. One-to-one marketing services, including variable data printing and personalized URLs, are made possible by a staff of experienced programmers and designers. State-of-the-art electronic prepress, high-speed Internet file transfer, computer-to-plate processes and online remote proofing complete the picture of a technologically savvy commercial printer.

Prepress systems administrator: “The best thing about FlightCheck today– it can be customized for your situation.”

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