Its latest move is becoming a member of the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG), an international initiative seeking to create, test and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing/print workflows.
"Ghent PDF Workgroup has done an excellent job in creating PDF output specifications for real-world production environments," says Jürgen Kurz, Quark's senior vice president of product development. "The significant level of real user involvement in the workgroup is the reason Quark joined. We're dedicated to supporting industry open standards."
Given its customer base, Quark's participation in GWG is expected to enable the group to develop more comprehensive specifications and best practice guidelines. "Quark is an integral part of the publishing landscape, and no publishing consortium is complete without its participation," notes Saskia Desmet, GWG executive director.
The workgroup comprises user representatives and vendors. Its members share ideas and test methods for the most practical, accurate and convenient exchange of print-ready files between creators and producers of print.
In other news, the software company previewed Quark Publishing System Version 3.5 at the recent NEXPO 2005 show. It integrates functionality for the latest QuarkXPress upgrade, including support for projects, synchronized text, high-resolution previews, PDF export, multiple undos, enhanced tables and layers. (www.quark.com)
SAN DIEGO—In the 2.5 years since Ian Barrow bought IPS Printers and installed its first digital press, the shop has grown from two to 12 employees and increased its sales by 600 percent. It is now expanding into digital offset printing by installing a Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) DirectPress 5634 DI system. (www.ipsprinting.com/www.kpgraphics.com)
HIGHSPIRE, PA—GANCOM, a division of Gannett Fleming, reports purchasing a Xerox DocuColor 6060 digital color press to further expand its full-service capabilities. The company provides digital and offset printing services with an emphasis on direct mail applications. (www.xerox.com)
MORGAN HILL, CA—The in-house production team at The Thomas Kinkade Co. is using three large-format HP Designjet 5500 UV ink-jet printers to streamline production of artist Thomas Kinkade's limited edition canvases, which are sold throughout the United States by independently owned galleries. Three additional HP Designjet printers will be installed by the end of the year to reproduce work by the artist known as "The Painter of Light." (www.hp.com)