How to Preflight PDF Files for Print Quality via Pre Press Software

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How to preflight PDF files for print quality, using Markzware’s pre press software, FlightCheck:

High quality printing of complex documents can be a big challenge for printers. Markzware’s preflight solution enables users to produce error-free documents, while saving time and print materials.

Markzware develops technology for printing solutions and provides preflight software than can assist your organization. Markzware’s FlightCheck is a stand-alone application that can preflight PDF and non-PDF files for the print workflow.

You can learn how to preflight print files in Portable Document Format, to make sure they print as you intend. See how, in this FlightCheck demonstration video:

How to Preflight PDF Files for Print Quality via Pre Press Software

Markzware FlightCheck can check Adobe Acrobat PDF files, as well as non-PDF files, before you print.

You can do the following and more with FlightCheck:
• reduce production costs.
• inspect both PDF documents and non-PDF native documents.
• run a digital check of all of your chosen items in a comprehensive preflight checklist.

FlightCheck optimizes the print workflow, by finding errors before they cause serious issues. You can customize FlightCheck’s Ground Controls for your print checkpoints.

How to Preflight PDF Files for Print Quality:

  • 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, depending on the needs of your print workflow.
  • 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.

FlightCheck identifies file problems and alerts staff, so they can solve to avoid print issues. You can use a simple drag-and-drop method to start the automatic preflight process.

Tools in FlightCheck Pre Press Software to
Preflight PDF Files for Print Quality:

Preflight PDF Tools in Markzware FlightCheck Preflight SolutionFlightCheck is developed by Markzware, leading publisher of stand-alone preflight technology for print quality control. This useful software helps you to enhance your brand, by supporting your organization’s efforts to maintain quality.

FlightCheck offers such key features as:
• full-screen support.
• Ground Controls to suit the particular workflow.
• support for PDF, INDD, PSD, AI, and other print file types.
• detailed preflight report that lists error alerts and warnings.
• batch preflighting to check multiple files in one preflighting session.
• file collection to package the print job files in one folder, for collaboration.

Preflighting layout can confirm whether the document matches the print job specs. FlightCheck enables team members to check important print items, without losing the chance to correct issues before press time.

FlightCheck can preflight a host of file formats, including:
• Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
• Corel CorelDRAW (CDR)
• Adobe FrameMaker (MIF)
• Adobe FreeHand (FH)
• Adobe Illustrator (AI)
• Adobe InDesign (INDD)
• Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT)
• Microsoft Publisher (PUB)
• Microsoft Word (DOC)
• Adobe PageMaker (PMD)
• Adobe Photoshop (PSD)
• Adobe Postscript Files (PS)
• Quark QuarkXPress (QXP)

FlightCheck enables you to make more effective use of your time. Its built-in preflight options can save valuable prepress and print process hours.

Some tips to avoid common file problems:
• Bleed: Include bleed guides, so images extend 1/8″ (9 points) beyond trim.
• Fonts: In InDesign, see font information via Type > Find Font, to avoid non-embedded fonts.
• Margin: Allow 3/16″ to 1/4″ margin between the trim and your images or text.
• Marks: Offset all marks 0.3125″ (bleed marks, crop marks, registration marks, etc.).
• Resolution: Effective image resolution should be double the line screen and over 200 pixels per inch.
• Rich black not used: Large black areas should contain CMYK (60C 40M 20Y 100K), not just black ink.
• Styles: Use style sheets (Character, Object, or Paragraph Styles) in native files, to save editing time.
• Trim: The document’s final trim size should allow space for margins, bleed, and die lines.
flightcheck-logoFor 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 Preflight PDF Files for Print Quality via Pre Press Software

Title: How to Preflight PDF Files for Print Quality via Pre Press Software
Published on: December 25, 2015
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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