GWG Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Working with Standards
Working closely with the international standards community, the GWG develops practical solutions to build on - and enhance - the work done by these standards groups. Once these solutions are developed, tested, and agreed upon, the membership of users and vendors work together to bring these solutions to the entire global user community.
Tools for a Range of Workflows
During the process of developing these specifications, the GWG found that many of the prepress systems and tools in the marketplace either were not compliant or were not up to date with the GWG specifications or the current versions of layout and design software. As a result, the GWG Output Suite was developed.
The Output Suite is a set of individual files that can be used to test the design and print production workflow processes from layout packages through proofing and platemaking. These tests have been used successfully by many vendors to test software and utilities and to identify the correct settings to be used. More importantly, they have been used by “end users” to quickly identify problems in their workflow processes before they find out that one job won’t process correctly.
Making Professionals Smarter and Processes Better
While most of the work product offered by the GWG is available in the form of easily installable settings files, it was felt that there was a need for additional educational materials for those who wanted to dig deeper into what really goes on behind their processes. The message and the education are spreading in the form of white papers and live events offered at member venues. Additionally, GWG work product is more frequently being included in relevant software releases.
“It is often said that ‘the best things in life are free.’ We at the GWG strongly believe in this statement, and it is an integral part of our DNA. We look forward to serving the industry for many more years to come,” says Zwang.