Monday, March 17, 2008

There is a new document available from the Ghent PDF Workgroup available related to making high quality printable documents from your Microsoft office documents.

Getting PDFs created from Microsoft Office applications to print properly is a difficult undertaking in the typical office environment. The Ghent Workgroup (GWG) today releases best practices and downloadable specifications that can help hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Windows Microsoft Office users worldwide to automatically create final PDFs that are ready to print.

The Ghent Workgroup is an international cross-section of PDF and print experts known for creating, testing, and releasing specifications and best practices that have been proven to make it easy to insure PDF document quality across workflows around the world.

A simple to use, end-user oriented, Office Document Printing/PDF Creation Guideline document, as well as the recommended settings files for Microsoft Office and PDF creation tools, are available --> here <-- !

The V1 Specifications for Office Document Printing, released by the GWG Office Document Printing Subcommittee, encompass the settings for MicrosoftR Office 2003 and 2007 applications that support direct creation of PDF or print to PDF creation tools like AdobeR AcrobatR, Global GraphicsR JawsR PDF Creator and direct PDF export from Microsoft Office 2007.

The Office Document Printing V1 Specifications are the result of a long period of analysis and thorough testing to address practical issues such as:

- color handling

- font usage

- different PDF creation methods and tools

- the use of live transparency in Microsoft Office applications

With the use of the proper tools and the GWG settings there can be reliable exchange of print ready PDF from Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 applications.

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