FlightCheck has long been one of my favorite and least-expensive
production tools. Now, Markzware has taken the concept one step
further with MarkzNet, an online preflighting tool. As with much of the software developed today, the first commercial release of MarkzNet was directed to an ASP, Print-able.com's PrintFlight, an online service that automatically delivers collected and preflighted digital files via FTP.
printCafe is one of the evolving mega-ASPs, with several applications available online for subscribers. Two, in particular, printellect and Proteus, promise enhanced workflows to print buyers. To assist in specifying and procuring print jobs, printellect prompts users to input job specs. Once job specifications are confirmed, the information is sent to the network for RFQs (request for quotes). The second application, Proteus, allows editors, art directors, sales managers, production managers and printers to collaborate on publication assembly and prod-uction. Proteus may be customized for size, color scheme, pagination and special job production requirements. It also offers conflict checking, support for an unlimited number of inserts; bind-ins and blow-ins; on-the-fly refolio/repagination; real-time ad/edit ratio
calculations and a CostOdometer that estimates based on predefined print contract parameters.
Shira's latest offering is eP2 Online, an Internet-based technology for prepress and PDF production workflows. The integrated, modular e-service solution for document originators, printers, prepress trade shops, publishers and customers offers customized prepress Web servers for prepress and print production; automated RIPing, trapping, digital proofing, OPI, impositioning and file con-version; print project management and online job tracking.
Vio provides a range of advanced workflow applications on a pay-
as-you-go basis, combined with a fully managed, fast and secure
file transfer service. Vio's also partnered with software providers to offer online asset management, preflight software to ensure ads are created to specifications, and collaborative soft and remote proofing.