Automated Preflight Graphic Design and Print-Media Prepress

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Automated Preflight in your Graphic Design or Print-Media Workflow

FlightCheck, the patented software for preflighting from Markzware, is recommended for preflighting during prepress in automated preflight workflows for graphic design and print-media. FlightCheck can preflight Adobe InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5 files, as well as many other file types. Markzware is the recognized expert in preflighting and the developer of the patented technology that uses a built-in preflighting checklist and detailed report generator for prepress optimization. Many prepress trainers use Markzware Products in their training programs, including members of such notable industry groups as the IPA, the PIA, the Markzware User Group for Graphic Design, Publishing and Print, and more.

Think Preflighting Expertise

To automate preflight in its entirety is like having a preflighting consultant automate the preparation of files bound for print or web. Preflight is both an art and a science in graphic design.

Automated preflight has been addressed by Markzware, the publisher of FlightCheck, an important part of the graphic design industry for many years, since its release, to much fanfare, at Seybold San Francisco. A FlightCheck license is for a single user on a single CPU, with drastically-lowered pricing on 10-pack and variable site licensing, as listed at the FlightCheck page.

Yes, there are some unsupported AppleScripting features possible within FlightCheck v6.80 on the Mac. That is about as close as you can get to making a hot-folder system and some sort of automated preflight on individual machines. This makes it easier to ensure print quality for Adobe InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and other files, for graphic design and print media, in order to automate preflight procedures.

Automated Preflight should be part of your quality assurance mix, but not the backbone. Having FlightCheck on each work station is really recommended, as this chart exhibits:

Print Quality Triangle – Where is the best place to preflight in
prepress workflows for graphic design or print-media?

Print Quality Triangle: Preflight to Save with Markzware FlightCheck
Automated Preflight: FlightCheck on each desktop saves time and money in the prepress workflow

Each user needs to take preflight responsibility, in order for subsequent steps in workflow automation to succeed… The key to success when starting an automated workflow is quality. FlightCheck (see preflight patent, US Patent # 5,963,461) has a great ROI with a strong set of Ground Controls for PDF and Ground Controls for Non-PDF, or preflight profiles, which is at the heart of this all-important print quality control process on your individual graphic design or layout desktop. So, preflight graphic design and print-media files, such as Adobe InDesign CS4 or CS5, Illustrator CS5, QuarkXPress, and many more file types, with FlightCheck by Markzware, to achieve print quality output and success in your preflight workflow, whether or not you use a form of automated preflight. FlightCheck can be purchased online at the FlightCheck page.

Automated Preflight overview for graphic designers and prepress departments within print-media companies.

Title: Automated Preflight Graphic Design and Print-Media Prepress
Published on: February 14, 2012
David Dilling

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