has updated FlightCheck Professional, its preflighting tool for print and multimedia manufacturing professionals, to version 5, adding Mac OS X support.
FlightCheck Professional scans a range of file types, including InDesign, QuarkXPress, PDF, PageMaker, Multi-Ad Creator, Illustrator, Photoshop, FreeHand, CorelDRAW and more. It inspects a document and warns the operator about any potential problems in a digital file, including font and graphic incompatibilities. The application verifies critical file elements, such as color space and resolution, assuring validity. After such elements are verified, FlightCheck Professional generates a report, indicating whether the file has passed or failed the preflight tests and detailing any problems.
In addition to Mac OS X compatibility, version 5 includes: expanded support for a variety of native applications, including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint; a special PDF object model that allows access to most details within a PDF file; a new PDF FlightPlan that checks for accredited file format standards, including PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, Medibel and others; support for OpenType, TrueType and Adobe Type 1 fonts; three levels of Ground Controls, including pass, error and warning; the ability to open and verify multiple documents in a single session; the ability to sort lists of color, fonts, images and more with a click of the file header
The full version license of FlightCheck Professional 5.0 is US$499; upgrades are $199. It’s available in English, with French, Dutch and German versions in the works.