Pros: Inexpensive, and has the ability to save parameters. Opens external applications automatically and offers great customization.
Cons: Complex, with a steep learning curve. Takes a long time to set up properly.
Designers love new bells and whistles in their tools. Adobe opened the DTP equivalent of Pandora’s Box when it added transparency to InDesign, and suddenly magazine designs were filled with drop-shadows and fancy overlay effects.
With all this new power came unprecedented levels of document complexity. Drop-shadows and weird skew effects may look cool, but they can be a nightmare for repro houses. Markzware has been nipping such problems in the bud with its FlightCheck software for years – and now its caught up with InDesign’s feature list.
FlightCheck Studio operates as a plug-in for both InDesign and QuarkXPress 4.x, 5.x and 6.x – unlike the standalone Professional and Designer versions. Functionality is identical (though application-specific) for both QuarkXPress and InDesign versions, so we’ll concentrate on the latter here.