Ghent Workgroup to Hold Seminar in Chicago

GHENT, BELGIUM—April 11, 2011—The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) is pleased to extend a special invitation to printers, publishers and designers to attend a free, live seminar in Chicago on Wednesday, April 27. Attendees will hear from top software developers, publishers, analysts, printers and industry experts about the newest GWG specifications, how to avoid problems by using GWG test suites, and more. The GWG is holding its quarterly meeting in Chicago the same week.

The first-come, first-served seminar will take place on April 27, from 1:30-5:30 p.m. at The Conference Center at UBS Tower in Chicago, in the Michigan I room. Registration is required.

David Zwang, GWG Chairman, said, “We’re excited to open up this seminar to those who use our specifications and best practices—or to help educate those who don’t—so that everyone can benefit from our latest initiatives.

“Attendees have a chance to engage with our powerhouse team, comprised of top vendors and associations from around the world, live and in-person. This is a really unique opportunity to tap into what GWG has been up to, and learn how to make publishing production a seamless, high quality and low stress undertaking,” Zwang added.

GWG production subcommittees include those focused on PDF preflight specifications, color management, office printing, packaging, job ticketing, process control—and the newest: cross-media publishing.

Recent work includes success in defining and handling of special and spot colors in PDF workflows for packaging; where PDF implementation has been slower due to inherent differences in packaging production as compared to most graphic arts processes.

GWG seminar agenda¹: 

1:30 p.m.: GWG intro

David Zwang, publishing process consultant and GWG Chairman 

2:00 p.m.: Specifications
Elli Cloots, director of Product Management, Enfocus 

2:30 p.m.: PDF/X specifications

Dov Isaacs, principal scientist, Adobe Systems Inc. 

3:00 p.m.: Break

3:20 p.m.: Challenges when implementing the new specifications

Peter Kleinheider, prepress consultant and workflow customization, Inpetto

4:00 p.m.: How can the GWG help you 

Didier Hazen, senior consultant and PDF expert, VIGC

4:30 p.m.: Cross media publishing

Bert Van Looy, ICT publishing project leader and quality assurance officer, Sanoma Magazines; Kirk Brauch, business & technical manager, adstream

5:00 p.m.: Q&A with speakers

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

• Full name
• E-mail address
• Subject Line: I will attend the Chicago GWG seminar

For more information about this seminar or the Ghent Workgroup, please visit

About the Ghent Workgroup
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 six 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

¹Subject to change

Source: release.