Ever have a design that you have spent countless hours on, too many revisions to handle and endless back and forth with the customer end up not coming through your shop and yet somehow, it ends up on shirts your customer wears? I had a job a little while back that went through way too many revisions until the customer was happy and then when time to order came around, there was no order!
I was very angry at myself for being the "nice guy" and having spent the time doing the design work for free and feeling totally back-stabbed once I saw the design on a shirt that was not made by me. Of course they had taken the proof that I had sent via email in PDF form to another shop, and that shop was very happy to take my design and extract it in vector form so they could easily make the shirts. Score one to the customer and Steven zero.
I try to make sure everything is password protected but it always takes time to setup and inevitably I forget or go back to trusting people and then WHAM! once again a design is out there and had not come through my shop.
I found this application which is simple to use and very effective. I just installed it tonight but the little bit of time I have used it, it has been amazing. No more free artwork to anyone and now the customer gets a professional proof that has all of the legalise right in it!
Here is the website: http://www.webformdesigner.com/Pudding/download.html
I recommend checking it out and make your own assessment of it. If anyone else has a great way of making proofs, please let us know. I hope that it makes all of your lives easier.