The Ghent Workgroup’s free webinar on 23 June 2020

10 things you shouldn't do with PDF

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The Ghent Workgroup webinar

The Ghent Workgroup announced a new free webinar on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 at 4 pm. While all of our work with PDF on a daily basis in graphic arts, there are still things we do that we really shouldn’t. Sometimes that can’t be helped, sometimes there are better alternatives. In all cases, knowing the potential problems may save lots of trouble.

PDF is of course an ideal format for use in graphic arts. Even more so if standards, such as those from the ISO or GWG are used. But like anything, PDF comes with its share of risks, and things you should not do. In this webinar, GWG has selected 10 pitfalls while dealing with PDF. Each attendee will learn why it is done, what are the risks involved, and whether there aren’t any better ways of obtaining the same effect.

This webinar is not about berating anybody about what they are doing in their workflow,” the presenters say. “However, it is important that people realize the risks they are taking in some cases. Understanding risks is key in keeping them under control.” The webinar will touch on color management issues, issues with specific tools, transparency and font issues, and more. And of course, there will be room to ask your own questions.

Presenters

This webinar will be presented by David van Driessche and Christian Blaise. Combined they bring over 50 years of experience working with PDF, automation, workflow, and many more arcane subjects.

Van Driessche is the executive director of the GWG and co-chair of the Specification subcommittee. In his professional life, he’s also the chief technical officer of Four Pees, a Belgian value-added distributor for the graphic arts market.

Blaise is the marketing officer of the GWG and co-chair of the packaging subcommittee. Next to that Blaise founded agileStreams, a consultancy in graphic arts built on years of experience of working with brand-owners and printers.

Register for the webinar – seats are limited!

The Ghent Workgroup will use GoToWebinar to host this webinar. In order to join, please reserve your place using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7363448469923261712

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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