Ghent Workgroup launches Ghent PDF Output Suite 5 Conformance Certification

The Ghent Workgoup (GWG) has officially announced the availability of the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5 Conformance Certification. As the chair of the GWG Process Control subcommittee, I have been preparing the project over the last few months.

The new service is aimed at print service providers. With this certification they can prove that their PDF workflow is compliant with the PDF/X-4 standard (ISO 15930-7:2010):

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Problem of Enfocus PitStop Pro Mac
with latest Acrobat version solved

Recently, Enfocus had warned PitStop users on Mac about updating to the latest version of Acrobat Update September 2021, which Adobe recently released.

The Mac version of this update caused an issue for PitStop Pro: when one or more objects are selected in PitStop Pro, the selected objects and anchor points are not displayed. Enfocus has published a knowledgebase article about this.

In the meantime, Enfocus has been able to fix the problem. You have to install the latest version of PitStop Pro (2021.0.3).

A reader of PDF-AKTUELL already reported this problem with PitStop in a german comment two days before the Enfocus warning and he also reported another problem with Callas pdfToolbox.

Windows users are not affected by this problem.

Acrobat online services feature changes
for shared documents

Starting from September 14, 2021, the following features and capabilities will be changed or removed from the Adobe Acrobat online services due to low usage:

  • When you share a link to the document, the original file is shared with the recipients instead of a copy.
  • The capability to track participants’ status in the shared link is removed.
  • Reminder notifications will no longer be available for shared workflows.
  • Changes related to new users sharing links for viewing, or reviewing with direct and indirect recipients in Adobe online services.
  • Sorting files on certain parameters will be removed in the Acrobat desktop application.
  • The filter option will be removed from the Document Cloud Home tab and custom file open dialog in the Acrobat Desktop application.
  • Files you can upload to Document Cloud.

These functions are used in part by agencies and prepress service providers to coordinate artwork with their customers.

Problems again with
PDF/X export in InDesign?

Some time ago I reported on a solution for a problem with the PDF/X export in InDesign CC 2019.

With the update to InDesign 14.0.1 released on 19.11.18 (according to Adobe) the problem should also be solved.

Now, several readers have recently reported that the problem has reappeared in the latest version CC 2021 (version 16.1). (Unfortunately I can currently not reproduce the problem since I have to stick with an older MacOS version because of customer project.)

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PitStop compatibility with Acrobat
64-bit for Windows expected in April

Adobe recently released a new 64-bit Windows version of Acrobat.

If you have a PitStop Pro please note that currently, all windows versions of PitStop are not compatible with the 64 version of Acrobat. Until now both Acrobat and PitStop Pro on Windows have been available only in 32-bit.

The Adobe Acrobat installer will check the Acrobat plugins that you are using, and if it finds any 32-bit versions it will not install the new 64-bit version of Acrobat. It will install the 32-bit version instead.

Enfocus is working on a new version of PitStop that will support Windows 64-bit. This update is expected in April and should be available to beta test around the end of February. If you would like to be involved in the Beta, please contact the PitStop product manager, Andrew Bailes-Collins.