The Ghent Workgroup’s (GWG) new landing page consolidates all relevant information for creatives, publishers and printers dealing with advertisements and commercial print work. GWG was started as far back as 2002 when it became necessary to define PDF standards, mostly for the exchange of advertisements, and because PDF was used more and more in the commercial print sector.
‘This is where the roots of the GWG lie,’ said Christian Blaise, Marketing Officer of the Ghent Workgroup and Founder and CEO at agileStreams, ‘Over the years we’ve developed lots of documentation and tools for creatives, publishers and printers, and we wanted to make it easier for people to find those.’
The new area on the website contains lots of interesting information, all of which is available free of charge (as is everything on the Ghent Workgroup web site). The Application Settings area provides PDF creation settings for design applications and preflight profiles for preflight applications and workflow tools. They help to create the best possible PDF file, or to check that PDF files are production-ready.
A PDF & PDF/X webinar recording provides a quick introduction into the Ghent Workgroup – the PDF/X ISO standard and the Ghent Workgroup specifications built on that ISO standard. There is of course a much wider range of recordings available on the Ghent Workgroup website.
The ‘PDF/X Workflow Guide’ is a comprehensive user guide explaining which Ghent Workgroup specifications exist and what the difference between them are. The document also contains plenty of highly practical information if you need to create good PDF documents.
The Ghent Output Suite focuses on making sure that your software or hardware is up to the task of correctly displaying or outputting PDF files. In this area, you’ll also find guidelines on how to configure software or workflows in order to handle modern PDF files correctly.
For software or hardware developers, there is also a link to the technical documents describing the actual Ghent Workgroup specifications. Naturally, the content of these is highly technical and not intended for a broad audience.
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