Do Your Files Need To Be Tested?

In the early days of electronic prepress it was common practice for publishers to send a “test file” to the printer for the purpose of making sure the publisher was creating PostScript files the printer could work with.

The printer would evaluate the “test file” and provide the publisher with feedback that would be used to develop the “final files” to be submitted to the printer for the print-run.

That practice made sense fifteen years ago when we were all learning to work with electronic files; today it is no longer required.

It is not necessary to have your files tested every time you submit a title to Edwards Brothers Malloy, particularly if you have successfully submitted problem free “print ready” PDF files to us before.

However, there are occasions when running a test may be a good idea, so here is some information to consider when deciding whether or not to send a “test file” to Edwards Brothers Malloy:

Who should have their files tested at Edwards Brothers Malloy prior to final submission?

  • Customers new to Edwards Brothers Malloy.
  • Customers with special projects that are different from the books you normally print at Edwards Brothers Malloy.
  • Anyone that has concerns about their files being ready for printing.

Why have your files tested?

  • We can make sure the file is constructed properly and all the elements are in place for a problem free final output.

When in the file preparation process should you have your files tested at Edwards Brothers Malloy?

  • Well in advance of completing the final “print ready” PDF files.  This is the wisest course of action so that you don’t waste time and resources preparing files that will not work at Edwards Brothers Malloy.

    We encourage you to send us a portion (approximately 8 pages or so) of your book.  If you do this a few weeks prior to the time you plan to send final files to Edwards Brothers Malloy, we will have enough time to test the files and provide you with input that might be important in preparing the PDF files.

    If we receive the test file on the eve of when the job is supposed to go into production, the time required to test the files and make corrections may negatively impact the printing schedule.

If you have any questions about test files or file preparation in general, please contact your sales or customer service representative.

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