Colorgate Productionserver 10 fully compliant with Ghent PDF Output Suite 5

Enhancing productivity with higher accuracy


The Ghent Workgroup announced that Colorgate Productionserver 10 is now fully compliant with the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5, perfectly processing all 48 test patches, a critical test for determining quality printing of PDF documents. In 2018, Ghent Workgroup member, Ricoh, acquired Colorgate Digital Output Solutions, a commercial and industrial printing software company, with specific competence in workflow and color management.

For more than 20 years, Colorgate has been supporting the graphic arts industry with its printing solutions for the sign and display, décor, ceramic, textile and the packaging industry. By achieving the Ghent PDF Output Suite 5 label for their Colorgate Productionserver 10, they can help their customers to reach higher levels of production accuracy.

ColorGATE Productionserver

The Productionserver solutions are based on Colorgate’s expertise in color management and the intelligent control of printing systems for many different applications. They combine top performance in quality, productivity and automation.

“Colorgate’s approach to optimum PDF performance is to be as easy as possible for the user. The full Ghent PDF Output Suite v5 test form is interpreted and output flawlessly, and with our implementation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine, Colorgate users can be confident of accurately printed elements in their print-ready PDF/X-4 documents,” said Thomas Kirschner, chief executive officer of Colorgate.

PDF/X-4 compliant printing in Productionserver

Colorgate Productionserver utilizes the latest version of the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) to process PDF files. The Adobe PDF Print Engine renders content which matches the display in Adobe Acrobat and other Adobe Creative Suite applications. Using the same core Adobe PDF technology at every stage of the print workflow ensures predictability and eliminates unexpected results. Colorgate’s implementation of the Adobe PDF Print Engine within the Productionserver product is based on many years of expertise and development that have included a number of unique differentiators such as the addition of Colorgate’s unique color management technology.

“Colorgate Productionserver allows Ricoh to offer a single software solution across our industrial printing portfolio, achieving high levels of productivity, color quality and output integrity,” commented Graham Kennedy, head of Commercial Ink Jet Business, Ricoh Industrial Printing Group. “Having Ghent PDF Output Suite compliancy allows Ricoh to demonstrate the benefits of Colorgate’s Adobe PDF Print Engine based architecture. Users can confidently handle complex files and design features plus the latest PDF standards out of the box, without compromise.”

The Ghent PDF Output Suite

The Ghent Workgroup, an international assembly of industry associations, suppliers and experts, develops specifications and defines best practices for graphic arts workflows, including the rules a PDF document needs to comply to in order to deliver quality print, specific to the production process.

The Ghent PDF Output Suite was created for users who process PDF files in the graphic arts industry, as an aid to determine whether their output workflows are behaving conforming the PDF/X-4 standard. The suite consists of 48 PDF patches. Each patch tests a specific property of a PDF/X-4 file. In version 5.0 additional patches have been added to test ICC-based objects allowed in PDF/X-4 (ISO 15930-7) in order to test device independent workflows.

The Ghent Workgroup offers a compliancy label program for vendor members whose products are compliant with the current version of the Ghent PDF Output Suite. Stephan Jaeggi, co-chair of GWG Process Control Subcommittee, added, “In order to get the Ghent PDF Output Suite Compliancy label, a vendor has to prove that his output workflow can process the six amalgamated pages with the 48 patches of the Ghent Output Suite 5.0, without any issues.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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