Markzware Lands Flightcheck Professional 5.0
Production managers there need to be certain that uploaded files will sail through the printing process, and get to the paper's 30,000 readers at the same time every day. Meeting that goal is the job of Adam Duran, director of production, who beta tested several pre-release editions of FCP5 for 18 months, leading up to the product's launch.
Duran calls FlightCheck and a sister application, FlightCheck Collect! (basically the file collection technology from FlightCheck in a stand-alone edition), "an absolute necessity" for the East Bay Business Times since the publication's launch in 1998. He says the 5.0 upgrade represents some "major strides" forward in the FlightCheck tool.
As with Viva!'s Frank, Duran lauds FlightCheck's new Mac OS X support and batch processing support. "I appreciate the OS X coding, the ongoing support for OS 9, and the ability to collect and preflight multiple documents simultaneously."
Duran also likes FlightCheck 5's support of 'preflight profiles' (essentially named lists of actions to be performed on a group of files and predefined validation actions based on file types (e.g., PDFs can automatically get a different level of attention than, say, Word DOCs).
Also added to FlightCheck Professional 5.0 is the ability to customize validation alerts. Previous versions simply passed or failed a file. Prepress professionals had to go back, fix the reported problems, and re-validate the files to score a 'pass'.
In the new release, operators can set multiple levels of 'caution flags' in addition to a global pass/fail state. This makes it easier to decide whether to pass a file on to the printer, or send it back to the designer or client for more work.
About 40 ads are placed in the East Bay Business Times weekly, and 75% of them arrive as PDFs created by who-knows-what design application. Many have not been validated by their designers, or certified as PDF/X-1a or other advertising industry standards (such as TIFF/IT-P1).