The whys and wherefores of how workflow has changed over the last couple of years is a discussion best addressed over a ripe and ready Shiraz. What is less opaque and Shiraz-dependent, are the factors shaping production process management, such as preflighting, standards, profiling and a host of other factors. What used to be called preflight checking is now more about managing preproduction data for all parts of the workflow, rather than a single isolated function.
With so many people involved in print media production, basic process awareness can be crucial to production efficiency. This problem concerns everyone in the print and digital media supply chain. An understanding of basic working practices and how to resolve problems is what the Guide to Preproduction Data Management & Quality Control is all about. It is intended to help printers, prepress professionals and their customers understand the importance of preflighting for print production and is useful to anyone who buys print, from marketers to publishers.