Standards body The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has announced the availability of the Ghent Output Suite, designed to help professionals determine whether PDF files are behaving as expected in graphic arts workflows. GWG is the international congress of graphic arts professionals established to create, test and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing workflows.
‘Our goal is to increase the already high level of predictability in PDF workflows by delivering best practice guidelines for the testing and evaluation of PDF reading applications,’ says David Zwang, vice chairman of the GWG. ‘The Ghent Output Suite represents an international group effort to create, test and publish test suites that can be used by end users of graphic arts equipment — as well as developers of applications that handle PDF files — to better manage and improve the quality of their production workflows.’
The first series in the Ghent Output Suite consists of 11 PDF test patches along with manual and individual readme files for each patch, covering the most common issues relating to PDF for print workflows. More information and a free download of the Ghent Output Suite can be found at the Ghent PDF Workgroup web site.