- InDesign's preflight panel is a great tool…for finding potential problems or issues in your documents,…but it's not the only game in town.…There are several other options that you should know about.…First, I helped design a plugin…called Quality Assurance or QA that searches for stuff…that the preflight panel just can't find,…like frames that are hidden behind other objects…or common text errors such as an open parentheses…without a matching closed parentheses.…It can even flag whenever you have a paragraph…that has a really short last line.…
Another commercial preflighting tool…is FlightCheck from Markzware.…FlightCheck has been around forever…and it can preflight a wide variety of document formats,…not just InDesign.…There's also the brilliant Pitstop Pro from Enfocus,…but note that this works on PDF files, not InDesign files.…Still, it's important to know about, because you want…to make sure your PDF files are in good shape.…In the same vein, there is Adobe Acrobat,…which again works with PDF files,…but Acrobat has some really good preflighting tools in it…
- Working with fonts and linked images
- Previewing transparency
- Using the Preflight panel
- Managing preflight profiles
- Controlling color
- Saving and using print presets
- Printing booklets
Skill Level Intermediate
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