Markzware Lands Flightcheck Professional 5.0
"It's essential that a preflight program understand the colors, images, fonts, and trappings within these files," Duran says. "[FlightCheck Professional] version 5.0 appears to do this with pinpoint accuracy. QuarkXPress, PageMaker, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and even Word are used by our advertisers. FlightCheck [5.0] doesn't seem to miss a beat. It alerts us to problems in all of these file formats, and their contents."
In addition to accepting PDF files from advertisers, almost everything the East Bay Business Times publishes is submitted to their printer as a PDF. The paper is also using FlightCheck Professional 5.0 to scan its new electronic edition, dubbed the 'e-dition', to make sure the correct image mode and compression are used.
The prepress quality assurance checks, an integral part of the paper's documented workflow, "save us hours in productivity each week by streamlining our workflow systems," Duran says. "We don't have the time or money to stop our workflow and fix files late in the game. [By using FlightCheck], we never get those horrific three-in-the-morning prepress calls."
ERROR CONTAINMENT STRATEGY
Sam Cox is preflight engineer for Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Carol Stream, Ill., a U.S. manufacturer and global distributor of paperboard and paper-based packaging. The company operates some 260 manufacturing facilities, employing 38,000 employees.
Cox and Smurfit-Stone Container also beta tested FlightCheck Pro 5 from Markzware. Having worked with several earlier, buggier prerelease versions for the past 12 months, Cox is confident the final shipping product is ready for demanding projects in real-world production environments.
So much so, he's signed the p.o. to upgrade his version 4.0 license to version 5. "We're using FlightCheck  to preflight all [customer-submitted] files before they go into our production stage," Cox says.
As with fellow beta testers Frank and Duran, Cox says the upgrade's Mac OS X support is his most sought-after new feature. He's been pestering the company about it for over a year.