How to Package Illustrator Files During Prepress Preflighting

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How to package Illustrator files during prepress preflighting, using Markzware’s preflight solution, FlightCheck:

It can be a chore for prepress professionals to collect files, in order to package fonts and other files for Adobe Illustrator print jobs. They would have to find, move and compress each associated file to a folder that they designate. This takes valuable time for training and processing a visual inspection to determine whether a document is suitable for printing.

Markzware’s FlightCheck has file collection options to help increase efficiency in Illustrator (.ai) document workflows. FlightCheck can preflight Illustrator, as well as package the job’s files into one folder for sharing.

You can preflight Adobe Illustrator and package files associated with the print job, using FlightCheck. Learn how to package AI print job files, when you check Adobe Illustrator files, by watching this video:

How to Package Illustrator Files During Prepress Preflighting

Markzware’s FlightCheck collects your Adobe AI files into a folder for sharing.

Markzware’s printing solutions give you quick, clean ways to help your team collaborate, when preparing files for print. FlightCheck is an efficient time-saver in print production workflows. It is a stand-alone application to preflight Illustrator and other file types, collect files, package fonts, and more, for print workflows.

FlightCheck‘s main interface can give you information about image resolution, fonts, and possible file problems. FlightCheck can also collect everything used in your Illustrator file and package it, for archiving, sending on to the next party, or other uses.

How to Preflight and Package Illustrator, with FlightCheck (overview):

  • Install and activate FlightCheck preflight software.
  • Click on your preferred checkboxes in FlightCheck’s Preferences and Ground Controls.
  • Set Ground Control items to Off, Warning, or Error, per your print workflow needs.
  • Drag and drop your file onto the FlightCheck icon, to begin the preflighting process.
  • FlightCheck will alert you to the potential printing problems that you specified.
  • In the Collect menu, select Collect Job.
  • Choose an option, such as to collect or package Illustrator, package fonts and images, required plug-ins, etc.
  • You can also compress the job, which is useful for teamwork.
  • Click Collect, and FlightCheck will collect files for the entire job into a ZIP file. You’ll get a “FlightCheck approved” icon for the job files. When the collected job file is decompressed, there will be a folder with all used fonts and used images, a preflight report, and the Illustrator file.

FlightCheck “Collect” Menu to
Package Illustrator Files During Prepress Preflighting:

Package Adobe Illustrator Files with Markzware FlightCheckFlightCheck automates preflighting to inspect and collect files, so you can package Illustrator files for print production. You can inspect Illustrator files and many other file types, with this thorough preflight solution.

Markzware’s preflight software provides several benefits. FlightCheck:
• provides a built-in list of important checkpoints to assist you with preflight tasks.
• allows your team to work together to accomplish prepress procedures.
• reduces production costs.
• has a customizable preflight checklist and Ground Controls.
• provides a process guide through document checkpoints, via selections and options.
• handles preflighting for printing quality of both PDF and non-PDF documents.
• avoids bottlenecking the print workflow to allow the workflow to step up production.
• gives users print quality control that saves time, labor, and print materials.
• finds and alerts you to file issues and their location.
• provides prepress professionals with powerful preflighting tools for error-free output.
• allows the workflow to proceed faster, by batch preflighting several files at once.

FlightCheck helps your workflow to ensure print quality, through a comprehensive file check. It scans the file data that you want to check in the native files that your workflow uses.

FlightCheck can check such document items as:
• bleed
• colors
• font size
• hairlines
• spot colors
• ink density
• image resolution
flightcheck-logoFlightCheck continues to support Green printing programs by helping the industry to reduce waste of print materials. It helps print workflows to get print right the first time and thereby avoids wasting paper, ink, etc.

FlightCheck offers such features as:
• Ground Controls to allow customization to suit the particular workflow.
• file collection for packaging, to enable collaboration.
• preflight error alerts and preflight certification report.
• stand-alone technology, to enable workflow automation.
• batch preflighting, to increase productivity.
• multiple file type support, to accommodate multiple workflow types.

You can help your workflow to maintain quality standards, by making it easy to share print job files. For more information on Markzware‘s pre press software to check digital files for print quality control, see the FlightCheck page. For more desktop publishing (DTP) and printing solutions, see the Markzware Products page.

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How to Package Illustrator Files During Prepress Preflighting

Title: How to Package Illustrator Files During Prepress Preflighting
Published on: September 15, 2015
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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