Electronic Prepress

The goal of the Prepress Department is to get your job produced free of errors and on time; eliminating delays and costs to you, the customer. The Prepress staff is here and ready to answer all of your questions relating to design and production of your desktop applications. By working with you before the files arrive at Inland Press, we hope to eliminate any delays or problems through the prepress process.

Jeff Kause, Prepress Manager

File Preparation

Inland Press uses Macintosh and Windows compatible computers. Programs for the Macintosh include recent versions of QuarkXpress, InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Programs for the Windows platform include recent versions of QuarkXPress, InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Publisher.

We will accept your PDF files, PostScript files, or application (native) files from supported applications, although we prefer to receive PDF files whenever possible. Once artwork has been saved in this format, all the settings from your program and computer are locked in. This helps to eliminate problems caused by different system setups between Inland Press’ computers and yours.

Page layout files should not be created using word processing programs. Projects created in word processing programs often encounter reflow and printing issues. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, and Corel WordPerfect. If a word processing program must be used, it is strongly recommended that you create a PDF file and submit it to us as a test prior to submitting your live project files.

Gathering Files for Output

QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign offer features to prepare your files for a service provider. Please use these features, as it will reduce problems with missing components for the output of your project.

QuarkXpress - Collect for Output
InDesign - Package for Output

File Submission

Please compress your file(s) before electronically sending them via any of the ways listed below. Uncompressed files have a great chance of getting corrupted in transmission.

Email Attachments - files smaller than 5 MB to your sales representative

FTP-Files over 40 MB should be submitted to the Inland FTP site. To access the general Upload folder on the Inland Press FTP site, please follow the instructions below:

In your FTP software type:
User ID: inlandftp
Password: valuedcustomer

FTP Software
Window Users may download the following freeware:
MAC OSX Users may download the following freeware:


To create a PDF from InDesign (Mac or Windows) please download the instructions and profile
To create a PDF from QuarkXpress 6 (Mac or Windows) please download the instructions and profile
To create a PDF from QuarkXpress 7 (Mac or Windows) please download the instructions and profile

**Please contact the Prepress department for instructions on all other applications


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