KVGO Adopts Enfocus Certified PDF As New Standard for Digital File Exchange
Press release from the issuing company
Ghent, BELGIUM – 27 August 2002 -- The leading Dutch graphic arts group KVGO (Royal Association for the Printing and Allied Industries), has set another standard in commercial printing for digital file delivery standard based on Enfocus Certified PDF technology. A subcommittee advisory board for KVGO, the IDP (Integrated Digital Publishing) Group, has recommended the standard for printers using sheet-fed presses. The new standard addresses a growing need for reliable print-ready digital files, delivered by designers and document creators to repro houses and commercial printers.
The new KVGO standard for commercial printing is in direct alignment with similar Certified PDF settings already established in Belgium (Febelgra), France (Sicogif) and Switzerland (VSD). It also follows the recent announcement of a KVGO standard for periodicals in the Dutch market.
The IDP workgroup determined that a standard was needed to handle various font and colour problems that arose when creating and processing print-ready PDF files. The group recognized and acknowledged the successful implementation of Certified PDF formats in Belgium and other European countries, and in cooperation with Enfocus Software took steps to establish a new KVGO standard.
The standard comprises a combination of file data and specifications needed to accurately reproduce a Certified PDF document in CMYK and spot colour for output on sheet-fed presses. Using Enfocus-developed preflighting methods, files are compared to accepted profile settings in order to check and certify print-readiness. The new standard will apply to a wider group of companies than in the periodical market, where settings are oriented to web offset printing. Sheet-fed printing involves a broader range of applications, the use of more fonts, spot colours and different formats, and requires additional preflight checks.
Albert Noppen, coordinator of the IDP Group and committee member of the KVGO group on technology, strategy and management issues, comments on the new standard: “With the global acceptance of PDF as a reliable file format, Enfocus Certified PDF gives us a way to thoroughly control and check digital files with established preflight settings, in order to obtain a reliable print-ready file. Enfocus has been very supportive in setting a standard that ensures optimal results and a virtually error-free prepress workflow.”
The Enfocus Certified PDF standard defines a preflight profile for four-colour print jobs (KVGO_-sheetfedvellenoffset_-cmyk_vV1) and PMS colour print jobs (KVGO_-sheetfedvellenoffset_-spot_vV1), and is recommended for use by commercial printers when creating and preflighting PDF files. The standards guarantee that the file can be printed without problems downstream.
The KVGO standard will evolve as needed. Updates and expanded settings will be introduced over time. An additional profile has been already been created for CMYK jobs using spot colours and images. The new standard incorporates the ISO printing specification for colour separation, whereby a colour proof is delivered with the certified PDF file. As part of a program to advise KVGO members, IDP is organising seminars in The Netherlands explaining use of the settings to save valuable time in production.
Albert Noppen applauds the overall role Enfocus has played in developing and establishing Certified PDF quality standards for the publishing and print production industry: “Enfocus recently established the Ghent PDF Workgroup, an international assembly of industry associations whose goal is to develop and maintain Certified PDF quality standards. More and more companies today work with partners from other countries, so uniformity in digital file exchange has become increasingly important. ”
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