Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 Conformance Certification

DISCLAIMER: This is a sample web page for the promotion of the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 Conformance Certification program by a GWG member. This is not a real offering of PDFX-ready! (PDFX-ready is already offering an output certification exclusively for their members since more than ten years).


PDFX-ready is participating in a new program of the Ghent Workgroup called Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 Conformance Certification.

For the conformance certification selected patches of the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 are used.

The GWG has developed the Ghent PDF Output Suite to help testing PDF/X-4 compliancy of PDF output workflows. The Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 consists of several dozen patches each testing a specific aspect of the PDF/X-4 standard (ISO 15930-7). The GWG has put together a great number of these patches into six amalgamated test pages:

Certification is only possible using a test file personalized for the candidate!

The PDF has to be processed like a regular production PDF delivered by a customer in the output workflow including production output (traditional or digital press). Pictures of the printed pages are sent back for validation:

With this certification a printer can prove that his output workflow is able to process PDF/X-4 files (ISO 15930-7) without problems. This gives the print buyer the assurance that their print files (provided that they are valid PDF/X-4 files) will be processed correctly by the printer.

The pages of the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 are grouped into two conformance levels:

  • Conformance Level 1: pages 1–4 with CMYK and Spot colors
  • Conformance Level 1+2: pages 1–4 (CMYK and Spot) AND pages 5–6 with ICC based colors

Level 2 involves color management and is therefore more demanding.

That’s why GWG has decided to offer two separate Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 Conformance Certificates. Level 2 includes the Level 1 certification.

All valid certificates are listed on: https://www.gwg.org/gos5/conformance-certificates

The certification is valid for two years. Afterwards the certification must be renewed.

Additional information on gwg.org: https://www.gwg.org/gos5/conformance-certification

The certification program is for companies not individuals and targeted to end users (print service providers) not vendors, developers or system integrators.

Fees

  • EUR 100.00 for members of PDFX-ready; plus additional EUR 50.00 for each additional attempt
  • EUR 200.00 for non-members of PDFX-ready; plus additional EUR 50.00 for each additional attempt

Included in the fee is a personalized test form, a guideline (in German and English), verification by PDFX-ready, validation by Ghent Workgroup, official certificate and label from Ghent Workgroup if the validation is successful.

Information request

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