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Illustrator CC - is there a flight check built in?

Jan 10, 2014 9:13 AM

Tags: #illustrator #creative #print #check #cloud #creative_cloud #cc #flight

Hi -


Just wondering if there is a flight check built into illustrator CC like there is in Indesign.....


i heard a rumour it was, -




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    Jan 10, 2014 10:22 AM   in reply to BekkyBurton

    There's no flight check.


    In order to check overprints, you need overprint preview.


    Maybe check the plugin InkQuest

    And (if you're on a Mac) TextOverflow Alert by worker72a (at this time it's still not available for CC)

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    Jan 10, 2014 8:14 PM   in reply to BekkyBurton

    Not like InDesign.


    Esko's DeskPack plug-ins contain a Preflight module for Adobe Illustration:


    In Illustrator you do have a File > Package command. The Report.txt that is created as you package the files does provide some preflight insights that might be helpful for file checking purposes:

    • It shows Spot Colors - although these might be 'unused' ;-) I'd normally recommend running the Delete Unused Panel Items Action in Illustrator before 'packaging' the file, to avoid 'false' listings.
    • It shows Missing Fonts
    • It shows Missing Links
    • It shows Image Colour Type (RGB, CMYK) as well as Resolution.
    • and more...




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    Jan 11, 2014 7:53 AM   in reply to Cari Jansen

    Look into FlightCheck: the perpetual license is half the cost of Esko's offering if all your after is preflighting.


    Otherwise Adobe in all their innovation (or rather lack there of) have Illustrator sitting far behind their other product offerings regarding improvements and worthwhile features. Seemingly for many users a "Black Box Flight Recorder" would be nice to know why Illustrator CC is so unstable and crashes (see all the threads). ;-)

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    Jan 13, 2014 1:22 AM   in reply to W_J_T

    Thank you W_J_T, I represent Markzware and FlightCheck and just wanted to add something. Not only will FlightCheck preflight and package Illustrator files, but it will do the same for Photoshop, InDesign and many other file formats.


    In this video, you see how placing a native .ai Illustrator graphic, with live fonts, in InDesign can be very dangerous; at least without the use of FlightCheck in your workflow:



    There any many reasons to use FlightCheck, as an Adobe CC user.  Just like William A. Foster said, 'Quality is never an accident.'



    David Dilling


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