Kaye-Smith still considers preflighting part of its production process, but it does encourage customers to try doing it themselves, Beals says. “Most are still leery of taking responsibility for preflight and don’t feel comfortable with the process,” he adds.

With an emphasis on document management services, the Renton, WA-based firm designs, prints, stores and distributes an array of business documents. Its clients range from Fortune 500 organizations down to small businesses.

Right From The Start

According to Beals, native application files are still the typical—and generally preferred—format for the shop’s incoming work. “We do accept PDFs from some customers at their request, but we don’t just automatically accept the format,” he says. “We’ve found that most clients don’t yet know how to produce press-ready PDFs.”

Internally, the company checks all native application files using Markzware FlightCheck and PDFs are processed through Enfocus PitStop Professional, reports the preflight engineer.

As for the other steps on the way to press-ready files, Beals says the trapping and imposition requirements for the work generally is pretty straightforward and is handled internally. The automated trapping capabilities (FAF) of the shop’s Creo Brisque front end is sufficient for the bulk of the work, he notes. Kaye-Smith also has a couple of licenses for the Creo PressTouch standalone, Mac-based trapping solution to tackle more complex trapping requirements.

The company has the Brisque Impose version of the workflow system, so the workstation is able to handle imposition of PostScript files, as well. ScenicSoft Preps is used to impose the bulk of the shop’s other work.

There are similarities and differences in how Perry Judd’s Inc. structures its prepress operations and manages customer relationships. One of the differences is the extent to which the printer has embraced PDFs. Native application files still account for at least 40 percent of the organization’s work, but the percentage of PDFs is now at about that same level, reveals Edward Bacsik, vice president and division manager of its centralized prepress facility in Madison, WI.

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