today announced an upgrade to Preflight Online, its online preflight service. The new update adds support for standalone EPS files. Up until now, the service has supported QuarkXPress 4.x, Quark Passport, and PDF-format files.
Preflight Online was developed as a way to enable service providers to remotely inspect, collect and transmit all digital files needed for a print job before they arrive for printing. The service works via a Web browser, so it doesn’t require any additional software in order to put into place.
Extensis said that the upgrade is intended primarily for the benefit of print service providers that leverage EPS heavily in their workflow. The new update will enable those users to automatically check EPS files for color mode, font usage, image resolution and other attributes. Preflight Online will accurately report on images that are “nested” within EPS files, too. Preflight Online is also capable of collecting all the fonts and linked images used in EPS files to prepare them for submission. The subscription service collects, compresses, and transfer files.
The new features will be available to all Preflight Online subscribers this week, at no additional charge.