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Future Publishing to Offer Remote Preflight Service for Advertisers

Press release from the issuing company

SANTA ANA, CA., February 9, 2001 -- A pioneer in introducing digital production workflows, Future Publishing completed its conversion to a 100% digital publishing process at the beginning of the year after a two-year phased program. "The time and cost-saving factor of using our award winning digital workflow led to the decision to pass these benefits on to our advertisers" says Steve Michaels, Future's Ad Design Manager. "After careful consideration we decided that Markzware's suite of programs were the perfect partner to Future Publishing's standards, whilst maintaining flexibility to our customer's needs." MarkzNet is a client-server system and the only package capable of preflighting native document files, PDF files, and Postscript files via the Internet. Using MarkzNet, printers, bureaus, publishers and print buyers can offer their customers preflight checks and guidelines at source, where jobs are automatically and remotely validated before being accepted via the Internet onto the receiving server. The job never leaves a customer's hard disk if it is not up to a pre-defined standard. Each transmitted job is accompanied by a TrueFile specification (TFS) file with any required additional data, like job ticket data, operator instructions, customer information or data needed for efficient automatic routing. Future Publications receives 2,000 digital ad files across its 83 titles every month and operates two ad submission deadlines for each title: one for Quark files and a later one for PDF files. Through MarkzNet, Future aims to encourage customers to adopt the PDF standard. Future will integrate MarkzNet with MarkzScout, Markzware's automated internal workflow manager application which preflights, checks, sorts, filters and categories native digital documents, as well as PostScript and PDF files.