Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 is available

The Process Constrol Subcommittee of the Ghent Workgroup (GWG) which I am co-chairing has released Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0.

In version 5.0 additional patches have been added to test ICCbased objects allowed in PDF/X-4 (ISO 15930-7) in order to test device independent workflows. We have abstained from using ICC based blending spaces in isolated transparency groups since their processing is not clearly defined in PDF 1.6 (base of PDF/X-4).


The patches from the Ghent PDF Output Suite V4.0 are also included in the package. The patches are devided into three categories:

  • CMYK: test patches using DeviceCMYK color only.
  • SPOT: test patches using DeviceCMYK and a spot color.
  • CMS: test patches using ICCbased colors and testing color management.

There is also a new page with links to instructions for successful output of Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 with popular PDF workflows. Unfortunately the list is still rather short since not many vendors have done their home work yet…

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