New Landing Page and White Paper for Packaging and Labels

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has created a new landing page and published a new White Paper focusing on Packaging and Label production.

This follows the recent announcement of a new ISO Standard 19593-1 (Processing Steps). The paper reviews today’s trends, while the landing page includes discussion with leading players regarding the growth of the packaging sector and the upsurge in specialist and unique applications.

It also reviews the development of digitization for printing and packaging technologies and processes.  It focuses on GWG’s work with packaging production specifications to date and the opportunities for the future of the entire packaging pre-production workflow. 


Alternative solutions for discontinued
PDFX-ready Online Tools

As reported recently the PDFX-ready Online Tools are discontinued per 25.10.18 12 p.m..

Here are some alternative solutions for all users missing the PDFX-ready Online Tools:

  • PDF Preflight can be performed identically with the preflight profiles from PDFX-ready for Adobe Acrobat Pro (and Callas pdfToolbox). The only difference is the preflight report which had some additional information about the PDF and a much nicer design. Responding to serveral demands PDFX-ready made available the template of the enhanced Preflight report for download for users of Callas pdfToolbox.
  • For Color Preflight there is unfortunately no alternative solution. We have used DocBees Profile Tagger from ColorLogic for this task in the Online Tools. Because of low sales ColorLogic has decided to stop development and sale of the software. In case of interest please contact ColorLogic directly.
  • The ISO<–PSO Converter was using the DeviceLink profiles from the European Color Initiative. Those can be downloaded for free from the download page of ECI. They can be used with all tools which can execute DeviceLinks (e.g. Callas pdfToolbox Desktop and Server, Enfocus PitStop Pro and Server, ColorLogic ZePrA).

PDF/UA support and services

PDF Association has published two tables with products and services which support PDF/UA.

At the moment the products table features 29 products from 22 developers and organisations. The services table has 7 entries. In both tables the entries are assigned to multiple categories.

Each entry has a direct link to the corresponding product or service.


PDF 2.0 support

PDF Association has compiled a table with products which support PDF 2.0.

The table has categories for Creation, Consuming and Editing.

Only products from members of PDF Association are taken into account. Currently 10 products from 14 vendors are listed. For sure additional products will be added.


Application Note for
Black Point Compensation in PDF 2.0

PDF Association has published the first application note for PDF 2.0. The topic is black point compensation (BPC).

Black point compensation allows control of the color conversion of the darkest color in an image. With BPC activated the darkest color in the source color is mapped to the darkest color in the destination color. This results in a better tonal progression of the darker colors:

Read more…Application Note for
Black Point Compensation in PDF 2.0