Ghent PDF Workgroup's Progress Fuels Expansion, Goal-Setting

January 26, 2005


The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) -- the international congress of graphic arts professionals established to create, test and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing workflows -- recently announced expanded activities and a more aggressive growth plan as a result of meeting its major 2004 milestones.

Record 2004 Achievements Benefiting PDF/X users

Since its founding nearly two years ago, GWG has set an unprecedented pace for defining and publishing common specifications and best practices for graphic arts workflows. More than 30 disparate groups and individuals comprising industry associations, vendors and users -- spanning 9 countries to date -- have successfully come together to collaborate on, and subsequently publish, a series of PDF/X-1a:2001 PLUS specifications making it easier for different vertical publishing segments to productively utilize PDF workflows. The specifications consider, and incorporate, the unique requirements and context of the various publishing segments (e.g., magazine advertisements, newspaper, etc.).

In May, the Ghent PDF Workgroup released Version 2/2004 internationally standardized specifications for delivering print ready PDFs for:

  • Magazine Advertisements (CMYK)
  • Newspaper Advertisements (CMYK / Spot)
  • Web Offset printing cold set (newsprint) (CMYK or CMYK/Spot)
  • Web Offset printing heat set (CMYK or CMYK/Spot)
  • Sheet fed offset printing (CMYK, CMYK/Spot, CMYK/Spot with low res images)

New Sub-Committees & 2005 Goals

In 2004 the organization expanded its focus, with new activities including establishment of dedicated sub-committees that would develop specifications for the most needy segments and workflow components, including:

  • Packaging, further developing the Base Line specs launched in 2004
  • ICC color-managed workflows using PDF/X-3
  • RIP/Output to assure widest possible uniform output possible
  • Job ticketing for ad & page based workflows
  • Direct digital imaging from Microsoft Office applications

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