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Ghent Workgroup has announced the release of Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 for testing and adjusting PDF output workflows with colour management in order to be fully compliant with PDF/X-4.
Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 helps to determine whether workflows are behaving as expected, and identify errors. It is distributed as a series of PDF patches that can be applied by end users of graphic arts equipment as well as developers of applications handling PDF files.
Each patch is numbered and contains tests for one specific property. The patches can be used individually but most patches can also be grouped together.
Stephan Jaeggi, prepress-consulting and chair of the Process Control Sub-committee said: “The Ghent PDF Output Suite is designed to address the complexities of digital prepress files and output settings having a significant effect on the end result of printed materials. We are all very excited about this new version. It is the first release that supports testing of output workflows with colour management by adding ICC-based test patches. The test pages are easy to use, requiring little time with great benefits to the user. Eventually it helps improve the output quality big time, and adds value to the overall throughput.”
The Ghent PDF Output Suite 5.0 package is a six page PDF with an amalgamation of 48 patches ready to start testing immediately. In version 5.0 additional patches have been added to test ICC-based objects allowed in PDF/X-4 (ISO 15930-7) to test device independent workflows.