New webinar series
from the Ghent Workgroup

Following up on the success of last year’s webinar series, the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) is organizing seven new webinars. The series kicks off on April 11th, with an introduction to PDF and the PDF/X standards and will cover both introductory and more advanced topics. All webinars are presented by industry experts connected to the GWG with many years of experience in their respective fields. The full agenda is available on the Ghent Workgroup website.


First specification for digital printing
from Ghent Workgroup

The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) has published their first specification for digital print on cut sheet. The new  specification is based on the GWG specifications 2015 for offset printing. Some requirements have been relaxed (e.g. overprinting) or lowered (e.g. minimal image resolutions). There is only one variant available for PDF/X-4 CMYK+RGB (images with ICC profiles allowed). So far there are no preflight profiles officially available for this specification.

PDFX-ready has already released a preflight profile for toner based digital printing in 2015. This is mostly identical to the new GWG specification.


Warning about OpenType SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

A few weeks ago I advised caution with new SVG fonts in Adobe InDesign CC2019. (These are also called color fonts). Meanwhile my fears have been confirmed.

Christian Blaise, a French colleague from the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), has done extensive testing and published two english articles on his blog:

We recently discussed this issue in detail in the Process Control Working Group of the Ghent Workgroup, which I am chairing. The results were as follows:

Read more…Warning about OpenType SVG fonts
in Adobe InDesign CC2019

Podcast on Industry Trends, PDF 2.0
and the Ghent Workgroup

In a podcast (27:42) at Podcasts from the Printerverse David Zwang, Chairman of the Ghent Workgroup (GWG), shares some trends he is seeing in the industry, and how the Ghent Workgroup is developing new possibilities with PDF 2.0 to help printers and designers optimize their production files in conjunction with evolving digital print technology.


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.