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Free PDF Workflow Effectiveness Tests Available From The Ghent Pdf Workgroup

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Ghent, Belgium - April 3, 2007 - The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) today announces availability of the new Ghent Output Suite, designed to help professionals determine whether PDF workflows are handling PDF files as expected. GWG is the fast-growing international association making it easy to produce and exchange reliable digital documents for use throughout the publishing workflow. To download the free Ghent Output Suite visit: www.gwg.org. The newest series in the Ghent Output Suite version 2.0 covers the most common issues relating to PDF for print workflows, and consists of 8 new PDF patches resulting in a total of 19 PDF test patches in all, along with revised manuals and individual readme files for each patch. GWG has also made some minor adjustments to some of the existing patches and documentation in order to make them clearer and easier to understand. Stephan Jaeggi, Technical Officer for the Ghent PDF Workgroup, cites an example of a successful Ghent Output Suite application: "The Ghent PDF Output Suite patches are being used for the test pages from PDFX-ready, the Swiss organization that supports its membership with certification. By sending in prints of the certification pages, a print shop can prove that their workflow can handle PDF/X files correctly. In a short period, 42 companies have already received a PDFX-ready Output Certification." The Ghent Output Suite is also designed to aid developers of applications that handle PDF files. In a recent graphic arts exhibition, Pascale Ginguené, Marketing Officer for GWG, conducted tests of various RIPs and proofers using the Ghent Output Suite. It was revealed that some of the solutions didn't handle all the production scenarios correctly. Subsequently, one of the vendors whose solution Ginguené tested utilized the Ghent Output Suite to re-test and pinpoint potential issues, and consequently modify its workflow solution for the benefit of its customers.