Markzware Lands Flightcheck Professional 5.0
That means experienced FlightCheck users won't have to re-learn the application. Menus, dialogs, keystrokes and mouse clicks are largely consistent with previous versions.
"The interface, while not the most attractive I've seen, has remained consistent all along, including in this latest release," Frank says. "It was instantly familiar when I first launched it, and I was happy they hadn't made any major changes to [the user experience]. The interface was always a little clumsy, but I'm used to it now, and as long as the application finds the problems I need it to find, I couldn't care less how it looks."
Another feature that distinguishes FlightCheck Professional 5.0 from predecessors: a new 'batch mode' for submitting jobs to the program. Previous versions required users to select a file for validation. With FlightCheck Pro 5, Markzware has added the ability to feed the program a list of files, to be validated in batches.
"This is useful for high-volume operations, [such as] printers and ad agencies, for example," Frank says. "Some of the big agencies, for example, have two or three people who do nothing else but preflight files all day. For us, though, it's not as necessary a function. We're preparing about 10 files a week here, so I'm not typically in a position of needing to preflight more than one file at a time."
When it comes time to upload to Viva!'s printer, Frank directs FlightCheck Pro 5 to validate all the completed project files in a given folder. Files suffering from any one of 150 error conditions FlightCheck tests for are automatically flagged before upload. This takes but a few clicks and a few minutes, Frank says.
DON'T STOP THE PRESSES
Newspapers are among the most time-sensitive publications known to man, let alone the print industry. So it's not surprising that the folks at Pleasanton, Calif.'s East Bay Business Times don't want carefully planned schedules extended due to technical errors in files uploaded to their printer.