PREFLIGHTING -- Getting a Fix on Files
The base version of pdfInspektor2 will sell for $149. The Platinum Edition, selling for $349, adds correction features to the standard preflighting capabilities. Auto Edition ($749) can be teamed with Callas' AutoPilot to build automated workflows. (www.callassoftware.com)
Earlier in the year, Markzware released FlightCheck Classic v4.0 for the Macintosh, which offers added support for Microsoft Word files and greater depth and flexibility in its Ground Control preflight settings. The application can now process Version 4-9 (Office 2001) Word files from both the Mac and PC/Windows platforms. Its four new Ground Controls provide the capability to report on the use of application-generated clipping paths, ICC profiles, PostScript color management and ink density values.
In addition, the upgrade features 70 new "views" on the Views Palette, which essentially correlate to the Ground Controls for color, font and image usage. Also, a "Next Problem" button has been added to the Problems Layout so users can locate the next occurrence of any problem based on the currently selected criteria. The full version of FlightCheck Classic sells for $399.
Extensis Products Group, meanwhile, has upgraded its Preflight Pro application to Version 2.2, which inspects files (singly or in project groups) based on customizable output profiles. The profiles also are used to generate PDFs by customizing Distiller settings. The application's flexible report feature enables users to view analysis results for the entire job or any combination of files, pages and elements. Alternatively, the Pilot feature will highlight each problem individually, suggest intelligent solutions and give the user the option to immediately fix the problem.
The Mac OS software features a collect function that pulls together all elements of a job and compresses the files into archives for quick and easy transfer. The full purchase price is $399.95. (www.extensis.com)
Flying by Wire
Markzware and Extensis also continue to up the ante in Internet-based preflighting solutions. Markzware launched MarkzNet, its Internet-based client/server system for preflighting native-document, PDF and PostScript files. Extensis shot back by adding support for QuarkXPress (4.x and Passport) documents to its previously established Preflight Online file inspection service.