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IPC Media First European Client to Trial MarkzNet Preflight Technology

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SANTA ANA, California, February 16, 2001 – IPC Media, London, is the first European publisher to trial a web-based preflighting facility using Markzware's MarkzNet™ system supplied by UK distributor RES, Wokingham. This investment underlines IPC Media's commitment to digital workflows and is spearheaded by Pre Press Development Manager Debbie Read, also a member of the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) committee that devised the Pass4Press application for creating publication-ready PDF files. Initial market evaluation will occur on the IPC Connect and tx Group titles in partnership with Polestar, one of IPC's major prepress and print partners, at the end of January. "We hope to see tremendous benefits from MarkzNet", explains Debbie Read. "The success of the Pass4Press standard is dependent upon clearly defined responsibilities, one of these being that advertisements should be preflighted. We do not have the time nor the resources to be bouncing files back to advertisers to correct so by moving this responsibility up the line with a simple process will save us all considerable time and money, and bring significant efficiency improvements as a result." 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.

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