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.
For some time now, there has been a DeviceLink add-on for the pdfToolbox that was available for a fee and contained about two dozen DeviceLink profiles.
Since PitStop 2017, Enfocus has supplied more than 40 DeviceLink profiles from X-Rite free of charge.
Callas has now catched up. Version 10.1 of pdfToolbox now includes 53 free DeviceLink profiles for color conversion between common printing standards and for ink saving. The DeviceLink add-on, which was subject to a charge, is no longer required.
When editing with Enfocus PitStop, the following warning appears for PDFs that have been exported from InDesign CC2019:
This is triggered by the additional metadata that InDesign writes to the PDFs to enable the new function for importing comments from the PDF file. The metadata is written to the PDF file as PieceInfo.
PitStop users have known this warning for a long time from Illustrator PDFs, where the Illustrator code is also embedded in the PDF file. The warning is very useful there because PitStop corrections in the PDF objects are lost when the file is opened again in Illustrator.
However, the PieceInfo from InDesign is not at risk. It also makes little sense to remove them, as they are very small (unlike the PieceInfo from Illustrator) and the import of PDF comments would no longer be possible.
Enfocus should add an option in the preferences that allows the user to decide if he wants to see these warning or not for PDFs from InDesign. By default this option should be disabled
At Print 18 in Chicago Dave Zwang, GWG chairman, has conducted an interesting interview about PDF 2.0 witht Martin Bailey, CTO of Global Graphics:
We had developed a custom HTML template for the Preflight report of Callas pdfToolbox which added additional information (e.g. ink coverage) and a nicer design:
Responding to serveral demands we make available a ZIP archive with the template of our Preflight report for download.
Users of the Callas pdfToolbox can install the template on their computer after decompression of the ZIP archive.
The report is called in the window Create Report…: