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Kinko's File Prep Tool

Kinko'sR File Prep ToolTM takes the headache out of online and offline printing jobs. Have you ever uploaded a file to to an online printing service and worried just what the outcome would look like? Or have you gone to the printers to pick up your order and gotten a not so pleasant surprise? The common problem is that after you have spent hours creating the graphics and designing the perfect project for your customer, it seems that you can't always be sure that the results you get back from the printer will look the same as the original did when you created it on your computer. The discrepancy is the result of you and your printer using different computers and printers.

Kinko's answer to this dilemma is a small computer application they call Kinko's File Prep Tool. You can download this small program from the Kinko's website. What it does is simple. It works like pseudo printer software. When you have your finished document open in your word processing program or other program that you used to create the project, you just click Print as you normally do. But when the Print dialog box opens you choose the File Prep Tool instead of your default printer from the drop-down list. The FPT program will not print anything but it will generate a preview of your document that will show you exactly how it will look after you get it back from Kinko's. You can then check that your graphics, fonts, margins, line breaks etc look just like they should and make any changes if necessary. After you are sure that the preview is correct then you can save this special FPT version of your document to a floppy disk or CD and take it to your local Kinko's. You can also use the convenient Send to Kinko's Online button in the File Prep Tool program to automatically upload the special FPT version to the Kinko's website.

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