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Leicester College introduces first "flightschool" for printing students

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25 March 2004-RIJSWIJK, The Netherlands - Markzware, the leader in quality assurance solutions for the printing and publishing industries, is pleased to announce that it will provide the UK's Leicester College with a donation of Markzware's multi-award winning preflight software, FlightCheck Professional v5, worth more than GBP30,000.00. This announcement follows Markzware's approach to continuing education in the global printing industry, teaching the best practices in print and multimedia file exchange. Previously, Markzware made software and training donations to educational institutions such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, Fox Valley Technical College's Printing & Publishing in Wisconsin, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Cal Poly of San Luis Obispo, and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation's (GATF/PIA) to name a few. "The Media Arts Department was proud and excited to utilize Markzware products in the making of its Senior Photography catalogs. Without FlightCheck, this small catalog would have never made it to press," according to Harris Fogel, chairman of The University of the Arts media arts department. Professor Fogel continues, "Not only did the Senior Photography catalog make it to press but it made it there with no pre-press errors!" Markzware has made many other educational donations throughout Europe, and has several more major announcements to follow soon. Leicester College is situated in the heart of Leicester City, in the Midlands region of England. The college is one of the 10 largest Further Education (FE) Colleges in England, with approximately 43,000 students and 1,600 staff members and faculty. Leicester College is the only general FE college in Leicester and offers a broad range of courses, from entry level up to higher education studies. Higher National Diploma, which is a two year full time course, is available with progression routes through to degrees in Print and Digital Media. Leicester College has been accredited as a "CoVE" Centre of Vocational Excellence for print skills. The College's "National Printing Skills Centre" will be offering preflight training on Markzware's complete line of solutions. (FlightCheck Professional, FlightCheck Workflow and FlightCheck Online). For more information and a brochure contact Damian Breen, the Education Liaison Officer on +44 (0)116 251 2367. "Preflight software such as Markzware's FlightCheck Professional has really come into its element. More and more is being asked of graphic designers and prepress operatives alike, and with time being at a premium in this industry this is the sure way of ensuring we educate our learners so they are ready for the real world. It will help them ensure their digital artwork is correct for purpose before creating a PDF or before supplying digital artwork to a printer - we are talking 'preflight' here as opposed to 'postflight' - why make the same PDF twice," says Kenneth Bailey, MASP, Lecturer for Print and Media from Leicester College. In October 2003, Markzware introduced the latest release of its flagship quality-assurance application, FlightCheck Professional v5. The solution offers a customizable quality-control tool for graphic artists, production professionals, and print and multimedia manufacturers. FlightCheck Professional v5 scans a wide variety of PDF and source file types (including those created in InDesign, QuarkXPress, PageMaker, Multi-Ad Creator, Illustrator and FreeHand) and validates documents for output specification requirements and completeness. FlightCheck Professional v5 offers a PDF object model that allows access to virtually all intricate details within a PDF file, based on the official Adobe specification. In addition, the solution also checks and validates accredited standards-based file formats, including Pass4Press, Ghent Group, PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3. Markzware will be highlighting FlightCheck Professional and all of its other solutions, and making some exciting announcements at drupa in Hall 4, stand A05. For more information on FlightCheck Professional v5, visit www.markzware.com.