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XChange Release FlightCheck Professional v5.8

FlightCheck Professional 5.8 now has expanded PDF checking (February 06, 2006)

XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the release of FlightCheck Professional v5.8. FlightCheck Professional 5.8 now has expanded PDF checking based upon the Ghent PDF Workgroup¹s (GWG) PDF/X PLUS standard. The GWG has established best practice specifications for the production and preflighting of PDF files for a variety of specialist applications. Now, FlightCheck comes with built-in Ground Controls that validate PDFs to the GWG specifications for more secure and productive digital workflows.

In addition to GWG support and Pass4Press  new features include:  Improved handling for gradients and blends  Embedded ICC profile detection for PhotoShop EPS  Improved Text Overprint reporting for PDF  Improved Artificial Text Styling detection for PDF  Detection of Special Print Options for InDesign files

FlightCheck Professional is the essential quality control tool for any and all participants in print and multimedia manufacturing workflows, from creative designers to manufacturing professionals and organisations. Using a simple drag-and-drop interface, FlightCheck Professional scans a wide variety of file types, including InDesign®, QuarkXPress®, Portable Document Formats® (PDF), PageMaker®, Illustrator®, Photoshop®, FreeHand®, CorelDRAW® and many other formats. FlightCheck inspects a document using hundreds of available checks. It warns the operator about any potential problems that may reside in a digital file, including font and graphic incompatibilities.

The application verifies critical file elements, such as colour space and resolution, assuring validity. After verification, FlightCheck Professional generates a detailed report, indicating whether the file has passed or failed the preflight tests and spells out specific problems that must be addressed to ensure that the file will travel onto the next stage of production without error or delay.

In addition to OS X and Windows 2000/XP compatibility, some of the FlightCheck Professional¹s powerful features include:  Support for a variety of Microsoft applications including MS WORD®, Publisher® and PowerPoint®  A special PDF object model that allows access to virtually all detail within a PDF file, based on the official Adobe specification  PDF Flightplan checks for accredited file format standards, including PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and others  Support for OpenType, TrueType and Adobe Type 1 fonts  Three levels of Reporting: Errors, Warnings and Informational Items  The ability to preflight multiple documents in a single session  Easily customise rule sets to your workflow needs  Ground Controls files can be shared between Mac and Windows platforms

System Requirements: Macintosh - OS 9.22, OS X v10.1 or higher, PowerMac G3 or higher, 128 MB free RAM Windows - 98, 2000, NT 4.0, ME or XP, Pentium (233 MHz or higher), 128 MB free RAM

FlightCheck Professional is available through XChange International for £329.00. The upgrade to v5.8 is free to users of FlightCheck Professional v5.7. To order, or for more information, users can visit, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours. Email address is

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension® technology; Adobe InDesign®, Acrobat® and Photoshop® Plug-ins® and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.

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