Markzware Software

The Digital Handyman: Retooling the Publishing Workflow
August 1, 2006

More than a decade into the “CTP revolution,” many of the promises of digital workflow have yet to be fulfilled. The publishing industry is far from achieving the hands-off, utopian workflow many envisioned when film went away and content went digital. While some in the industry once resisted the notion of a digital workflow, most now agree that the evolution from film to files has been a positive for the publishing world—as profound a development as desktop publishing. With digital content, publishers can now cut out much of the prepress expense for their print workflow, and perhaps even more importantly, their content is now

Markzware Lands Flightcheck Professional 5.0
February 1, 2004

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:

Beyond Preflight
August 1, 2003

Just over a decade ago, CTP (computer-to-plate) and direct-to-press digital printing began to alter the playing field for the print and publishing industries. Since then, the majority of printers have successfully completed the transition from film to digital file exchange. But with that shift came new dilemmas. For example, on which types of digital files should the print workflow be based? Who should be responsible for creating these final exchange formats—the content creator, a prepress vendor, or the printer? And what tools and best practices should be put in place to ensure file integrity and a job's success? Great strides have been made by

Standards Rising
January 1, 2003

Many print organizations are slowing cycle times because they have failed to embrace accredited standards for exchanging content, such TIFF/IT-P1 and PDF/X-1a. Getting in the standards game earlier rather than later will give publishers an edge as they head into the new year and beyond, says Linda Manes Goodwin, executive director of Manes Goodwin Associates, in San Francisco. "The economy is definitely a factor," Manes Goodwin says. "Publishers have to realize that printing isn't [the] burgeoning industry it once was, and to be successful and profitable, they'll have to look at new opportunities like cross-media publishing, which will enable them to leverage content in

E-Content Solutions
July 1, 2001

E-Content Solutions is broken down into several categories featuring company descriptions and Web sites, including Digital Asset Management, PDF Worflow Tools, Web & Cross-Media Publishing, Web-Based Project Managment and Catalog Production Solutions. DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT: Applied Graphics Technologies (AGT): www.agt.com AGT provides advanced digital image management services, including the Digital Link System, an integrated suite of software applications to capture, store and retrieve content. Artesia Technologies: www.artesia.com Artesia's TEAMS digital asset management solution drives e-business and cross-media output. It is an open, scalable solution designed to fulfill the requirements of information-intensive businesses. Ascential Software: www.ascentialsoftware.com Ascential Media360

Preflighting-A Digital Seatbelt
September 1, 1999

Technology has transformed the prepress production workflow considerably during the last decade. Technically, we can do things faster and better than ever before, and with shorter deadlines, we're forced to deliver fast, furiously and accurately. So what happens if the file running at intergalactic speed is missing graphics, has bad color specification or has serious font problems at the printer? In an ideal world, this would never occur, and in the real world, the preflight process can ensure it does not happen. File insurance Welcome to the insurance policy for the digital highway. The preflight process ensures that the file has passed certain tests