Adobe, GWG and PDF/X-4; PDF specifications for print workflows

As we have read here in the past, “On the Evolution of PDF; Adobe PDF/X-5g with OPI type prepress workflow”, there are seemingly enough PDF specifications out there. With that in mind, here is an interesting development:

Adobe to host ‘landmark’ PDF meeting

Adobe Systems will host a “landmark meeting” of the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) later this month that is expected to prove pivotal to the development of PDF automation specifications.

Members of the GWG attending the meeting, which will be held at Adobe’s San Jose headquarters from 29-30 October, will discuss specifications based on the latest PDF/X-4 release.

GWG chairman David Zwang said that the 2009 GWG specifications would result in “some of the most profound advancements in automated PDF compliance”….

“….Those present at the meeting will also discuss and extend ad ticket support for electronic ads and insertion orders, and solidify spectral colour considerations for spot colour identification.”

Whatever happens here with pdfx-4, which once again sounds interesting for the print workflow right at the RIP / workflow stage, do not forget that a solid publishing workflow depends on quality elements used within the Adobe InDesign desktop publishing (DTP) page layout formats. “Garbage in, garbage out.Preflight the native files (InDesignAdobe Illustrator, etc), then generate your PDF, GWG, Adobe or otherwise. As always, be sure to use FlightCheck to preflight PDF files and more for print quality of document output.
FlightCheck, software from Markzware for preflighting, can check native files for documents in Adobe InDesign file types during prepress for printing quality. Preflight Acrobat PDF with FlightCheck during prepress to ensure top printing quality for your PDF print jobs.

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Adobe, GWG and PDF/X-4; PDF specifications for print workflows