Markzware Lands Flightcheck Professional 5.0
We talked to three of Markzware's top beta testers about the new Mac OS X compatible release of this popular pre- and post-flight tool. The say the GUI's still geeky, but the Mac OS X support and buffed-up feature set make this PDF validation tool a must-have upgrade.
Markzware Software recently launched its long-awaited and much heralded FlightCheck Professional 5.0. The latest generation of the company's flagship quality-assurance software for digital publishers offers a host of desirable features aimed at graphic arts and printing professionals.
Topping the list is Mac OS X compatibility, perhaps the feature Macintosh users covet most today. Also new: FlightCheck Professional 5 now scans and validates over 100 file formats, including native application files, PDFs from generation tools (including Acrobat), and accredited file format standards, such as PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, Ghent Group, Pass4Press.
An improved drag+drop GUI makes it easier to initiate file validation scans. The GUI also inherits the Mac's Aqua UI style, so FlightCheck Pro 5 just plain looks and works better on OS X. Beta testers say, however, that the user interface could still stand some polish (more on that point later).
An enhanced PDF object model browser allows users to "access virtually any and all intricate details" within a PDF file, Markzware officials say. Users simply go to the program's 'Overview Window' to browse all the objects that make up a particular PDF file.
THE TOOL VS. THE HYPE
There are many new features and benefits Markzware officials say they've packed into this latest FlightCheck release, the fifth major point upgrade in the product's history.
To find out how the software and the company's claims hold up, we convinced Markzware officials to serve up three of their most informed and astute beta testers for PrintMedia readers. We left the choice of users up to Markzware. The beta testers were asked to give us their take on the new FlightCheck Professional 5.