Quark has announced that Markzware - a developer of preflighting, data-extraction, and conversion software - is the latest partner to create on-demand creative solutions based on QuarkXPress Server 7. FlightCheck Online is a cost-effective, Web-based, quality-control, and file-delivery solution that enables quick communication among senders and receivers of digital files to ensure they conform to print-ready specifications.

"We are excited to incorporate the benefits of QuarkXPress Server 7 into our technology to deliver superior quality-assurance, data-conversion, and workflow solutions to our customers," said David Dilling, Markzware. "We are looking forward to developing fresh, new technologies with Quark well into the future."

QuarkXPress Server 7 combines the design, power and collaboration functionality of QuarkXPress with proven server-based performance to help software developers and system integrators meet needs in specific vertical markets, says Quark. FlightCheck Online and QuarkXPress Server 7 combine to create a powerful online preflighting solution that allows customers to "pre-qualify" QuarkXPress files before delivering them for printing. FlightCheck Online checks the files against customised preflight rule sets defined by the output provider.

"Quark is thrilled to see our partners leveraging the creative power of QuarkXPress Server to develop both Web-based and data-driven applications, delivering a custom, dynamic publishing solution to their customers," said Nick Howard, Quark director of enterprise products. "Markzware has demonstrated that they are leaders in the dynamic publishing industry, and we are proud to support them to deliver on-demand creative communications."

FlightCheck Online is designed to deliver a "complete" QuarkXPress project with all the correct fonts and images in place; if an error does occur in the file during preflight, the application immediately alerts the sender using the sender's Web browser. When the file is ready for further processing, FlightCheck Online uploads the file to the server, decompresses it, automatically loads the specific required fonts, and outputs the job through QuarkXPress Server.

Dilling said, "Users are able to publish their documents in an error free, print ready PDF format because the QuarkXPress project has been fully preflighted and all elements needed for successful output have been incorporated into the job. Users can create PDFs in low- or high-resolution versions for proofing and production."