This week in PDF: GWG celebrates fifth birthday

In a period dominated by the launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga, this week in PDF has seen a standards body’s anniversary and updates to PDF creation and security products.

First up, the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) has celebrated the fifth anniversary of its formation, all the way back in 2002. Chairperson David Zwang attributes the international association’s viability and solid credibility to the work of the group’s 45 members, all recognized as technological leaders and experts, and contributing their time and efforts on a completely voluntary basis. In line with this, all GWG specifications, best practice guidelines, and educational materials are free of charge. More information can be found on the official Ghent PDF Workgroup website.

From celebration to creation now, and Softland has announced the release of novaPDF 5.2, a major update to its standalone PDF creation software. According to the company’s press release, the update includes both bugfixes and enhancements such as support for 64-bit operating systems (Vista 64-bit, XP 64-bit and 2003 Server 64-bit) and Korean user interface localization. Check out the product page for more detailed information.

Some of those PDF documents will contain sensitive information. That brings us to the last newsbit of this week’s column, with LockLizard updating its PDF security solution. LockLizard Safeguard 2.6 protects PDF documents with enhanced technical controls that resist PC-based screen grabbers, preventing one of the most common methods of IPR theft in use today. Additional new features in version 2.6 include a new Writer GUI, the ability to change account passwords and new server administrative functions. Safeguard Viewer has also been updated with a new interface and additional installation options for corporate users. For more, visit

That’s it for this week. Watch this space!

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