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Return to Sender... Make sure your native file, PDF or actually both are in order before sending to the printer. A great video demo on preflighting.

FlightCheck Professional Demonstration Video

In this instructional demonstration of FlightCheck Professional you will learn the basics of how to start preflighting your digital documents before going to print. This is for creators, designers, layout artists, prepress operators, publishers and printers alike. Part of what you will learn is below.

The Ground Controls are the heart of FlightCheck and with a little time and effort making the right settings, you will gain maximum profit of its possibilities.

As you can see, there are a lot of rules FlightCheck can check for and without going over them all, you see that we have tabs for File settings, colors, pages, trapping, page setup, fonts, print settings and of course a huge tab for images.

To set a rule to either give you a warning or an error, you simply click on it. One click will give you a small dot; FlightCheck will give you a warning if in this case an ICC profile is found. A second click will show a big dot; giving you an error if the item is found. A third click will turn the rule off.

Please note that the rules you just saw where the rules for checking Open File Types like InDesign, Quark, Illustrator, et cetera but since checking PDF files is something totally different from checking Open Files, Markzware created special Ground Controls for checking PDF files. Just go to the File menu, select 'Preflight Mode' and choose the PDF set of the language of your choice.

As you can see only errors -- in red -- and warnings -- in blue -- are present here. Clicking on the arrow will reveal the file names of the elements used in the document that where flagged, in this case it will show the elements that contain a resolution that is out of range. FlightCheck will provide you with the name of the element, the document name in which the element is present and the page on which the element can be found in the document.
The same information is present for the other rules that where flagged; the element name, the file name and the page. PERFECT!

Let's have a look at the image section. On every element we are now able to find a lot of information. Here you find the page number where the element can be found, the status, the type and color modus. As you can see there are two columns that display resolution. The DPI column shows the original resolution of the element. Due to scaling however, the DPI-value changes resulting in the output value. Since this is the most important value, Flightcheck will keep a close eye on this value.

If you still need more information than displayed in this window, just double click on one and find a new window providing you ALL information FlightCheck could retrieve for you.
In this window you'll find information from the Creator, the Version, the size and scaling to the name of the ICC-profile if used. It will also provide a preview of the illustration if available and shows you all colors and fonts that came with the image.
It is even possible to open the image from this window.

The Collect button hands you the great feature of collecting ALL elements needed to guarantee a good output of your file. It enables you to set the location of the collected file. You can set ZIP-compression to prevent file corruption during digital sending your files and choose any name for that compressed file, leaving the original file name in tact and it will provide you information on the total amount of files that will be collected and the size of the uncompressed file.

I think this completes this demonstration for Markzware's FlightCheck Professional. I hope this was useful for you. If you have any comments, please let us know. Purchase information, reseller information and contact information can be found at our website at www.markzware.com.

Author: markzwareTV

Keywords: FlightCheck technology software preflight pre-flight prepress indesign quarkxpress printing publishing design layout pd

Added: June 30, 2008

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