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Ghent PDF Workgroup Convenes in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam – November 10, 2006 – The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG), the fast growing international organization building best practices for publishing workflows, convenes here in Amsterdam for its Quarterly summit. Attending the GWG Quarterly summit is a record number of new observers demonstrating continued interest in, and progress of, the 4 year-old organization. In fact, there are now 39 members of the Ghent PDF Workgroup. The new observers include Eiichi Kaneko representing PDF/X-Plus J from Japan, Frans Van Hellemont from Xerox Belgium, Dan Caldwell from ICS, and Tom Beckenham from Specle Pty Ltd UK. Members representing 39 associations, suppliers, printers, prepress organizations, ad agencies, and corporations met to report and further progress their work to advance PDF standards for easy creation, processing, and international, intra-company exchange of graphic arts files for numerous applications. The free, downloadable PDF specifications, which are easily integrated in PDF workflows, are available at www.gwg.org. Updates, progress, as well as ongoing work on the Agenda On the agenda of the GWG quarterly meeting are updates, progress and planning for 2007. Key topics to be covered include: - New Members HP and GMG Color - New Observers - New subcommittee: compliancy testing - Availability of 4 new specifications in 2005 v3 set: very high resolution (no downsampling), digital printing, screen printing and wide-format - Launch of online user forum (subscription available under “discussion forum” on GWG website) - Availability of New Packaging Specifications V2 - Preparation of new Output Suite version 2; launch scheduled for mid December 2006 - Preparation of 1st Office Document specifications, to be launched between December 2006 and January 2007 Over two days, the group will meet together and also break up into subcommittees, each of which is tasked with forwarding best practices and standards to accommodate unique needs of different markets and applications. There is also an overall “specifications” subcommittee, responsible for updates and testing of the core GWG specification, the basis upon which application-specific specifications are built and tested by “real world” sites for the GWG.

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