The Ghent Workgroup Announces Topics and Presenters to be Featured at January 23 Seminars in London

The Ghent Workgroup, known as the GWG to graphic arts professionals around the world, is presenting two high-value seminars on the latest best practices for PDF production in commercial printing and packaging environments on January 23, 2013, compliments of the London College of Communication at the University of the Arts London. Attendance at either or both seminars, taking place in the College's Podium Lecture Theatre, is free, and on a first-come, first-served basis; by emailing info@gwg.org. callas, Enfocus, and Specle are also holding an information session regarding their products and services, from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

"This is an opportunity for people who work in production to hear directly from, and then talk to, the GWG's PDF industry insiders who are intentionally the same people who write PDF - related code at their day jobs as senior engineers, product developers, and premedia experts," says GWG Chairman David Zwang.

"It's a rare opportunity that we encourage printers and premedia professionals, in the London area, to take advantage of."

Details

Seminar #1
Packaging, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, LCC Podium Lecture Theatre
Steve Carter of Phototype, and Christian Blaise of bleuprocess, industry packaging leaders; along with a team of experts including Lieven Plettinck of Esko, Peter Kleinheider of PDF/X Ready, David van Driessche of Four Pees, and Andrew Bailes-Collins of Enfocus; present the latest GWG PDF for Packaging specifications and how they can be utilized to streamline and ensure consistency in packaging design and production workflows across the supply chain. This informative session will focus on the future of PDF files in packaging, and how "Smart Layers" will be used to enhance and drive they way the packaging industry uses PDF files going forward.

Brand owners and packaging production professionals will want to be part of this discussion. You do not want to miss this session!

Agenda
11:00 am - Welcome and Introduction
Presenter: David Zwang, GWG Chairman

11:05 am - Overview of Packaging Committee Work to Date
Presenter: Steve Carter (Phototype)

11:15 am - Looking behind the curtain: OCCD & OCMD - or OC What?? Why all this fancy jargon just to describe a layer?
Presenters: Peter Kleinheider (PDF/X Ready) and David van Driessche (Four Pees)

11:45 am - Overview of non-printing contours in a PDF file. What do we do with all this extra stuff used for packaging in a PDF file?
Presenter: Lieven Plettinck (Esko)

12:00 pm - Review example files: We plan to show proof of concept examples used in packaging
Presenter: Steve Carter (Phototype)

12:15 pm - Potential use cases. How does this apply to you? Why do I care about this? Who will really use this workflow?
Presenter: Christian Blaise (bleuprocess)

12:30 pm - Review of current specification and future work. Why is this specification important? How can you benefit from following it?
Presenter: Andrew Bailes-Collins (Enfocus)

12:45 pm - Q&A

An attendee lunch, sponsored by the GWG, will be available from 1:00 to 1:30 pm.

Seminar #2
PDF Specifications Seminar, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, LCC Podium Lecture Theatre

GWG Chairman David Zwang, a world-renowned consultant, along with a team of experts including Elli Cloots of Enfocus, Didier Hazen of the VIGC, Peter Kleinheider of PDF/X Ready, and Bart Van Looy of Sanoma Media; presents the new GWG2012 specifications for creation and preflight of PDF/X-4 files that ensure successful production.

1:30 pm - Welcome and introduction
Presenter: David Zwang, GWG Chairman

1:45 pm - GWG2012 specifications: What they are; the new features and differences from past versions; why the industry needs them; and how they are being implemented by vendors.
Presenter: Elli Cloots (Enfocus)

2:15 pm - A 'realistic' understanding of PDF production workflows; how the GWG specs and compliant applications, and testing tools, play an important role in ensuring compliant workflows and efficient production.
Presenter: Didier Hazen (VIGC)

2:45 pm - Implementing GWG2012 specifications in a pre media production workflow; the process; the challenges, and the opportunities.
Presenter: Peter Kleinheider (PDF/X Ready)

3:15 pm - The role of PDF and GWG in Cross Media publishing and production. Why PDF is being used, what the formats are, and how they are satisfying the exploding tablet publishing market.
Presenter: Bart Van Looy (Sanoma Media)

Seminar #3
Developer preview sessions, 4:30 - 5:30 pm, LCC Podium Lecture Theatre
callas, Enfocus, and Specle will each give a short presentation and show how their software is compliant with the GWG2012 specifications.

Location: Podium Lecture Theatre at the London College of Communication (http://www.lcc.arts.ac.uk/) in London, UK.

To register for either session, please email info@gwg.org, and specify which session(s) you plan to attend.

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
London College of Communication is a world leader in media and design courses that prepare students for successful careers in the creative industries.

The College specializes in graphic design and advertising, photography, film and animation, journalism, publishing and public relations, sound arts and design and interactive and spatial design. LCC's current range of courses includes access, foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Multimedia convergence now informs the delivery of all courses.

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