I recently started a job with a monthly publication. I wanted to know what the options for pre-flight software are. I know of Acrobat, but it has been questionable at times, in terms of pointing of resolutions. Any advice or recommendations would be great!

  • What specifically did you find questionable while using Acrobat?
    – JohnB
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 21:24

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I would take a look at this site. http://www.vigc.org/standard-preflight-profiles/ These Profiles that are free to use are great for starting out understanding preflight and different methods that are used in the industry. I use one of them most of the time for Sheetfed CMYK. I have used some of these profiles to get Clients started looking at preflight and how to use some of the Adobe Products. I would also contact a few printers that you might have in mind to use. If they recommend or help out they probably will be a good printer to use.

I am not affiliated with this Company so please understand I am only sharing what I have found to be helpful.

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    – user9447
    Commented Nov 12, 2014 at 3:11

We need to know a little more about your pre flight expectations and such before offering a concrete answer, but PitStop is always available:


  • Thanks. I just stumbled upon pitstop and it seems very helpful. I am mainly concerned with image resolution, CMYK color, spot color correction, ect. I have also heard that there are some online programs in which advertisers would submit their artwork and the program would pre-flight them. Thanks for your help!
    – Bhoward
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 21:28
  • Yes, then PitSTop is going to be the solution for you. It is not cheap, but very customizable and automatable.
    – TunaMaxx
    Commented Aug 2, 2014 at 0:06

Indesign can be used for preflight, but it depends on exactly what your specific concern is and how demanding your expectations...

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