Vio Worldwide - seller of streamlined-workflow solutions - has formed a marketing and technology alliance with Markzware - a global provider of expert and advanced preflighting solutions.

The companies are seeking to integrate Markzware's pre-flight and workflow software applications with the Vio service. This will enable Vio customers to preflight files before transmitting them.

Phase one of the integration will see Vio make Markzware's popular pre-flight and workflow software tools - MarkzScout, Flightcheck version 3.61 and Flightcheck Collect version 3.61 - available as downloads from Vio's own server.

These applications are now available for download to Vio core network and Vio Internet Gateway customers. The software is free to use for 14 days, after which Vio customers can purchase it directly - at a 15 per cent discount, if ordered before the January 31, 2000. It is available from Markzware, via a Web-site link, or from [email protected] .

Miranda Tivey, director of marketing at Vio, said: "Our agreement with Markzware marks the beginning of many arrangements, with providers of software tools, that will allow Vio to make available proofing, RIPping, OPI, colour management, and other functions to help our customers streamline their workflows."