GWG Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Graph Expo

GWG Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Graph Expo

GWG Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Graph Expo in Chicago

Free seminar on Tuesday, October 9 is open to the public

Attendees will hear from top developers, publishers, and experts

Details about new GWG2012 specifications will be discussed

Ghent, Belgium – The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) this year celebrates its 10th anniversary! In celebration, the group extends a special invitation to printers, publishers, packaging professionals, and designers to attend a free seminar at Graph Expo in Chicago on Tuesday, October 9, from 1 – 4 pm, in Room W192b. Attendees will hear from top developers, publishers, and experts about brand new GWG2012 specifications and more. A special cake-cutting ceremony will take place at the meeting. RSVPs are required.

“So much has been accomplished in these 10 years,” says David Zwang, GWG Chairman. “We are thrilled with the momentum and progress our organization has made.

“This Graph Expo event will indeed be a special one, between the new specifications, always-popular presentations about the advancements we’ve made on so many publishing fronts, and – of course – the cake. Who doesn’t love cake?!”

New GWG2012 specifications
In the world of the Ghent Workgroup, a specification is a set of guidelines to which a file should conform. A practical example of a guideline could be the color spaces allowed in a PDF file, or the image resolution required for images in a particular type of workflow.

The new GWG2012 specifications were developed to:

  • address requests from the users of the v4 specification
  • adapt to technology and software changes in the industry
  • embrace the ISO PDF/X-4 standard, allowing for necessary transparency

Elli Cloots, GWG Vice Chair, says, “The GWG2012 specifications were created in large part as a response to specific user requests. For example, the newspaper printing industry asked for a check for single image pages, more detailed checking on small black or white objects, such as text and lines, in-depth ink coverage checking, etc.”

Cloots continues that the GWG constantly adapts specifications to the many changes in the market, like allowing transparency, but restricting the cases to combinations that work.

For more details about the new GWG2012 specifications, visit:

GWG Graph Expo Seminar[1]
The GWG Graph Expo meeting will be held at McCormick Place during the show, on October 9 at 1 pm, in Room W192b in the West Building, Level 1. RSVPs are required. Seminar topics to be covered at the Graph Expo meeting include, but are not limited to:

  • GWG specs: What they are and why you need them
  • All about GWG Packaging Specs
  • Specs and the demanding requirements of On Demand production
  • How to use GWG tools for testing & ensuring workflows
  • The role of PDF & GWG in cross media publishing & production
  • And more…

Further details, including presenters and timing, will be forthcoming.

Limited seating – RSVP required
To RSVP for this special event, please send an email to with the following information. Please note that seating is on a first come, first served basis.

  • Full name
  • Company name
  • Email address
  • Subject Line: I will attend the Graph Expo GWG seminar

A confirmation email will be sent for receipt.

For more information about the GWG, please visit:

About the GWG
The Ghent Workgroup, formed in June 2002, is an international assembly of industry associations and suppliers from across Europe and the United States. The Ghent Workgroup’s objective is to establish and disseminate process specifications for best practices in graphic arts workflows.

Since its inception ten years ago, the organization has consistently produced numerous process specifications for PDF dissemination as well as developing useful tools for automating processes and establishing consistent PDFs for print and publishing – all available free at:

Members are comprised of graphic arts associations including: BPIF (UK), CMBO (the Netherlands), DDPFF (Denmark), ERA (Germany), Febelgra (Belgium), FESPA (UK), FTA (USA), IdeAlliance (USA), Medibel+ (Belgium), Nederlands Uitgeversverbond/Cebuco (The Netherlands), PDF/Xready (Switzerland), Printing Industries of America (USA), (Norway), TAGA Italia (Italy), UNIC (France), VIGC (Belgium), and VSD (Switzerland).

Vendor members are: Adobe, Adstream, Agfa, Callas, CGS, Dalim Software, EFI, Enfocus, Esko, GMG Color, Kodak, Quark, Remote Director, and Specle.

Industry members are: Associated Newspapers, Bleuprocess, F E Burman, Four Pees, Litografia Rosés, Phototype, Sagamgraphics, Sanoma Magazines Belgium, soluzionesubito and Square

Educational members are: Mediagraf, Ryerson University, and University of Wuppertal.

For more information about the GWG, including a full list of its members and objectives, visit

[1]Agenda subject to change