FlightCheck Designer (Video Tutorial)

Uploaded by markzwareTV on 03.04.2009

Hi, and welcome to the introduction movie of FlightCheck Designer,
together with its big brother FlightCheck Professional,
the only stand-alone desktop application that will check fifty-plus file formats,
including Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, PDF,
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Word,
and Corel!DRAW, just to name a few.
FlightCheck Designer is created for those creatives and graphic designers
who need an accurate but simple-to-understand quality control check
and advanced packaging of all fonts
and images with the job,
before sending off to the printer.
Once you have installed FlightCheck Designer,
the first thing you will notice is that toolbar,
containing the buttons you need to work with the application.
Let me explain what they do.
Let's start with the most important one:
the Ground Control button.
Note that we designed a separate Ground Control window, specially created for
checking either open file structures, like Quark and InDesign
or for checking PDF files.
You can switch between them
by choosing File,
Preflight Mode, the Language of your choice, and PDF or non-PDF.
When checking files, FlightCheck Designer will detect whether your document is a
or an open file type,
and will switch automatically to the right Ground Control set.
Let's go back to the Ground Control window
of the opened file.
Using the primary tabs, which are
Colors, Fonts, Images.
You have access to the wide variety of settings,
all designed to check files before sending them off to the printer or
into the workflow.
These are the options for activating such a role.
Clicking it once, it will show a small dot.
The rule is now set to give you a warning.
You may still proceed with the file, but you should keep an eye on this during
the workflow.
Examples where this might be used is, for instance, PMS color setting.
Clicking it again shows a big dot.
The rule is now set to give you an error.
When an error is found, the file should be corrected before it's taken off into
or sent off,
as it will certainly give you problems later on.
Examples where you want to set the rule to an error
are missing images, low resolution,
RGB colors, etc.
Whenever you are not sure what a rule checks for, just hover over the rule name,
and FlightCheck Designer will explain it to you.
On the top of this window,
you see the Set pull-down menu.
Let's go in there to explain what great options can be found in there.
All the way up,
we start with the New Set option.
Selecting this option will create a copy of the settings currently active,
lets you give it another name, and will save it.
This way, it is very easy to duplicate settings,
make minor adjustments between them,
and provides you multiple sets to choose from,
through the same menu.
The Get More Options will lead you to our website,
where you will find standardized Ground Control sets like PDF/X
and Ghent Workgroup settings,
ready to use and free of charge. Then there are the Rename and Delete options that speak
for themselves.
The Turn All Off option is great when you'll want to create a new set from
It creates a new set with All Rules switched off.
You are now able to activate the rules you are absolutely sure of
and, thus,
create a rule set that totally fits your specific needs.
You could also choose to set All Rules to either Warning or Error,
but these options are not used as often as the Turn All Off option.
Reset All to Initial Settings will revert to the settings as they were when
the set was created.
The options
Import Ground Control Sets and Explore Ground Control Sets are great if you
don't have an external partner that uses either FlightCheck Designer or
FlightCheck Professional,
or if you want to spread your settings internally.
You can import a setting from, let's say, your printer,
to make sure you will check your files with their settings,
making sure the file fits their needs once you send it off to them.
Or you can export your settings to be used with your customers or colleagues,
making sure a standardized workflow is created.
When exporting your Ground Control set,
protecting it with a password using the password option, prevents people from
making changes to your set,
either on purpose
or by accident.
What I will show you now is that, even when you don't have the time to go
over all the rules in the Ground Control,
you can still use FlightCheck Designer to see if your document is ready for output.
We will now check a document to see
if we can detect errors in there that are in the top ten of prepress problems.
To start checking a file using Markzware's FlightCheck Designer,
simply use the Open button,
or go to File and Open.
This will open a window that allows you to open the file you want to examine.
Note that you will only have to point to the actual document.
FlightCheck will find the images and the fonts used in the document for you.
Just select the file and click on the Open button
at the bottom of the window. FlightCheck Designer will now check your documents,
the used images, and the used fonts, for errors,
a very thorough check that would take a lot of time if you had to do this with
the eyeball method.
When it's ready checking your file,
FlightCheck Designer shows two windows:
the Results window and the General Overview window.
Let's first have a look at the Results window.
The Results window displays all the errors and warnings from checking the
document with the Ground Controls that you chose.
The errors are displayed in the red,
the warnings in blue.
This gives me already a ton of information about the document.
I can see that certain screen fonts are not installed.
A printer font is not available. Some images are in the RGB color modes.
Some pictures are off-page, and the effective resolution of this picture is
out of range,
just to name some.
Note that the information in the Results window is far more effective when
the proper Ground Controls are set in the Ground Control menu.
Now, let's have a look at the General Overview window.
Even though it looks quite complicated, it is really easy to get the information
you are looking for.
Where the Results window only displayed the errors and warnings, the
General Overview window shows you all the information.
Again, errors are displayed in red and the warnings in blue.
All items without errors
are also visible, displayed in black.
Simply by using the pull-down menu, it is easy to detect, for instance,
the spot colors that are used in the document,
number three in the top ten,
and if they were used in the text or in an image.
This makes correcting this error a piece of cake, just as easy as it is to filter out
missing fonts, number one on the list,
and image problems by using the pull-down menu.
Note that far more information is available in this window
than there was in the Results window.
When we have a look at the Image section,
we get instant information on the page, the images placed in the document,
the status of the image, number 6 and 9 on the list,
the file size,
the type of image, the color mode, number 4 on the list,
the dpi value of the original image, the scaling, and the output resolution
of the image, number 10 on our list.
Note that FlightCheck Designer will calculate the output resolution and will
act on that value,
a 72 dpi image,
scaled to 24%
will still give you a 300 dpi output resolution,
which is fine in most cases. With this simple overview, we covered
to all items from our Top Ten list and more
that cannot be solved once we created a PDF
or did send our file off to the next station in our workflow.
Before I sign off,
let's go over the remaining buttons available FlightCheck Designer's
button bar.
We covered the Open button.
With the Add button,
we are able to add documents to this ticket.
Good to have when you, for instance, create book with a different file for
every chapter. The preference button gives you access to the program settings
of FlightCheck,
all described in the manual of FlightCheck.
Clicking the Launch Doc button
simply launches the document, a cool feature that adds to the speed of correcting the
You can search for an image using the Find Image button and Recheck the
document with the Recheck button when you make corrections in the
Of course, you can bring the reports to go with the document,
giving you a printed guidance of what needs to be done to make it a perfect document.
Last, but not least, you can collect
only the reports, save as a text document or the whole document, including
all used images and fonts.
This last option is absolutely great,
for it makes sure
all used elements of the file will be collected or packaged and placed in the
either compressed or uncompressed,
ready to send off. I hope this video gave you a good insight into FlightCheck Designer.
Please have a look at our website at
for more information.
Also, have a look at FlightCheck Designer's big brother,
FlightCheck Professional,
that enables you to check even more. Also, feel free to contact us for
placing your order,
or if you have any additional questions. Thank you for watching.
This is Olga, signing off.