Markzware Lands Flightcheck Professional 5.0
Then as now, Frank uses FlightCheck to scan files for problems with resolution, color space, font discrepancies, and other common and not so common file errors. Files with problems are bounced back to the design team or other source, while 'clean' files are passed on to the printer.
The gains in time and cost savings are obvious to any publishing professional; hence the steady demand for professional preflighting tools from vendors such as Markzware, Enfocus, Creo, Extensis, Agfa, Adobe, Kodak, DALiM, and others.
For Frank, the most important feature of the new 5.0 upgrade is support for Apple's Mac OS X. Viva! Communications migrated to Mac OS X last January, when it began experiencing serious compatibility issues between OS 9 and some of the newer, mission-critical software they'd recently licensed. Frank says Markzware's native OS X support means the new 5.0 version simply performs more reliably, "without glitches," on Mac OS X. Earlier FlightCheck versions could run into compatibility snags common to running older software on a newer operating system.
While the 4.0 version of FlightCheck ran under OS X's 'classic' compatibility mode, the current release is native to OS X, fully supporting the look and feel of the Apple's Aqua user interface design.
FlightCheck Pro 5 also benefits, Frank says, from improved performance that results from running applications natively under OS X. This as opposed to running applications under Apple's OS 9 emulator, an 'OS within an OS' that can cause legacy applications to run slower.
FlightCheck Professional 5.0 also isn't the prettiest Mac app on the block, says Frank, but he'll take good functionality over good looks. The digital media specialist says Markzware's engineers did "a good job" of keeping the application's established work patterns intact.