PREFLIGHTING — Getting a Fix on Files

For example, it can identify all the RGB TIFFs placed in a document, list the colors used on specific page, or find a box rotated more than eight degrees. The database can then be searched with simple or advanced queries about the job in order to pinpoint problems that could stop production.

The automated workflow feature allows users to specify how documents are to be scanned. Once preflighting is completed, the originating application is then launched so a PostScript file can be output to the folder “watched” by Acrobat Distiller, which automatically writes a PDF file.

The preflight software currently handles QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Illustrator, Freehand, Microsoft Word, Photoshop and Multi-Ad Creator application files, as well as PDF and PostScript. It generates on-screen and/or printable reports that can be customized to show any depth of information desired. Alternatively, the Vision Viewer function enables report screens to be shared via a Viewer file that can be reviewed as a run-time display.

FlightCheck Vision is said to be intended for use as a high-end professional preflighting tool and is expected to sell for $599. The company says it is striving to make the application commercially available either in the fourth quarter of 2001 or the first quarter of 2002. Vision will not be replacing any existing product. (www.markzware.com)

Enfocus Software is extending its core technologies, including Certified PDF, further toward the document creator with the introduction of Instant PDF 2.0, slated for introduction at PRINT 01. The application basically is a combination of the Certify PDF and EZ-PDF (which Enfocus acquired from Acquired Knowledge) applications, and will replace both, according to Vicki Blake, director of business development.

One of the key upgrades is an expansion of the software’s auto-correction capabilities. The application’s feature set was still being finalized when this article was written, but the number of checks offering an auto-fix option is expected to be an “order of magnitude greater,” Blake says.

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