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GWG and Ryerson University bring Popular, Free PDF Production Seminars to Toronto


Presented by experts representing over 40 GWG member

graphic arts organizations


Live sessions will be held at Ryerson University on October 23


Space is limited; RSVP required 


Ghent, Belgium - September 26, 2013 - The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) today announces its partnership with Ryerson University's School of Graphic Communications Management. The organizations have come together to bring immediately useable information in the form of two free seminars for publishing, packaging, and production companies. The seminars will be held at Ryerson's campus in Toronto, Canada, on Wednesday, October 23. Space is limited; to register for the events, please go to:


David Zwang, GWG Chairman, says, "We are very excited to partner with Ryerson University to offer these powerful seminars, which have taken the industry by storm in our year-long, worldwide educational tour.


"Those presenting the seminars live, breathe, and work in PDF every day, and are the authorities on what works and how real companies are using our specifications with success, today. Ryerson's involved faculty are working professionals who bring invaluable insight to attendees."


Seminar details

Many of the industry's most revered PDF and packaging experts will present at the special event. The high-value educational presentations cover application-specific guidelines for PDF/X-4 workflows. 


Seminar #1 presents the new GWG PDF for Packaging specifications that streamline and ensure packaging design and production workflows. 


Seminar #2 features the latest on the GWG2012 specifications for the creation and preflight of PDF/X-4 files that ensure successful production.


The schedule of events is as follows (*subject to change):


9:00 am - Coffee


GWG Packaging Seminar  

10:00 am - Welcome - Vicki Blake, EFI

10:10 am - Overview of GWG Packaging Subcommittee - Steve Carter, Phototype 

10:30 am - Use cases - how to apply? - Christian Blaise, bleuprocess

10:50 am - Behind the curtain - OCCD & OCMD - Peter Kleinheider, PDF/X Ready

11:10 am - Non-printing contours - Lieven Plettinck, Esko

11:30 am - Live case study - Novartis - Stephan Jaeggi, PrePress-Consulting

11:45 am - Example files - Steve Carter, Phototype

12:00 pm - Q&A

12-1:00 pm - Lunch     


GWG PDF Specifications Seminar  

1:10 pm - GWG2012 specifications - Andrew Bailes-Collins, Enfocus

1:45 pm - Useful GWG tools and add-ons - Didier Haazen, VIGC

2:15 pm - GWG Specifications in production workflows - Peter Kleinheider, PDF/X Ready

2:45 pm - GWG in Cross Media publishing -- Bart Van Looy, Sanoma Media  

3:30 pm - Vendor presentations by Enfocus, Esko, and specle


GWG Education on the World Stage

In 2013, GWG has stepped up its live event offerings around the world. The organization kicked the year off with a packed seminar program at London's College of Communications, and also just presented a special packaging session entitled, The Future of PDF for Packaging, at the PRINT '13 trade show at McCormick Place in Chicago.


To register for this special joint seminar offering at Ryerson University, please go to:


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), PDFX-ready (Switzerland), Printing Industries of America (USA), (Norway), TAGA Italia (Italy), UNIC (France), VIGC (Belgium), and VSD (Switzerland).


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


Industry members are: Litografia Rosés, Phototype, Sagamgraphics, Sanoma Magazines Belgium, Soluzionisubito, 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



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