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Quickcut gains ghent Pdf workgroup compliance

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Quickcut, the world's leading provider of digital advertising workflow solutions, today announced it has achieved compliance from the Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG) for the latest version of its QuickPrint workflow software. The latest version of QuickPrint is now compliant with the Ghent PDF Workgroup 2004 Magazine Ads and Newspaper Ads specifications for PDF/X-Plus* files.

GWG is an international assembly of graphic arts professionals established to create, test, and disseminate best practices and specifications for publishing workflows. To achieve GWG compliance, an independent testing group checks files generated by a vendor's PDF/X creation software against expected results on more than 70 test criteria.

Quickcut's latest QuickPrint software was validated as producing PDF/X files compliant with GWG specifications. In addition, QuickPrint has been certified by GWG for its ability to modify PDF files created in other applications and make those files compliant with GWG specifications using optimization procedures Quickcut has built into the new software.

In achieving GWG compliance, Quickcut also is taking the concept of specifications-driven workflow one step further. By enabling publishers and printers to add a requirement for GWG compliance in their mechanical specifications, QuickPrint users who create or validate files for those publishers or printers will automatically be creating and validating files that are Ghent PDF Workgroup compliant. This is achieved through the up-to-date synchronization of those specifications with the QuickPrint user's local database. With the latest version of QuickPrint, in addition to ensuring each file conforms to the full set of publishers' and printers' mechanical specifications, users will be able to validate job files to any number of highly targeted, GWG-compliant print workflows.

"Publishers and printers increasingly are seeing the benefit of the valuable work the Ghent PDF Workgroup carries out to standardize PDF production and delivery," says Gavin Costello, Manager, Software Quality Assurance & Documentation for Quickcut's Advanced Development Group. "Applications that are GWG-compliant assure advertisers and publishers that files they send to print conform to extra restrictions and rules to support different market segments, different output processes or different workflows. We remain committed to the development of open standards that support these practical and product-specific applications."

Peter Maes, GWG Specifications Subcommittee Chair says, "The Ghent PDF Workgroup congratulates Quickcut on achieving GWG compliance for QuickPrint 5." He says that advertisers will benefit substantially as a result of Quickcut's initiative in adding GWG compliance to its global specifications database. High quality, fast, and guaranteed accuracy in production will result from Quickcut customers' ability to download and use GWG specifications to build and validate job files to GWG-compliant workflows. "Thank you to Quickcut for recognizing the many benefits GWG compliance brings to its customers and to the industry at-large."

About the Ghent PDF Workgroup
The Ghent PDF Workgroup (GWG), formed in June 2002, is an international assembly of industry associations and suppliers from across Europe and the United States. The GWG's objective is to establish and disseminate process specifications for best practices in graphic arts workflows. Members comprise graphic arts associations in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Austria, Norway, The United Kingdom, Spain, Austria and the United States, as well as observer-status organizations from Sweden and Germany. Vendor members are to date: Adobe, Agfa, Apago, Artwork Systems, Callas, Creo now Kodak, CGS, Dalim Software, Enfocus Software, Esko Graphics, Global Graphics, Gradual Software, Heidelberg, One-Vision, pub-specs, Quark, Quickcut Limited, and Screen. For more information about the GWG, including a full list of its members and objectives, visit www.gwg.org.

Adstream/Quickcut Europe Ltd.

Quickcut is the world's leading provider of digital advertising workflow solutions and a pioneer in the emerging field of Global Media Exchange, with more than 5,000 companies comprising its broad international client base. These workflow solutions rely on Quickcut's unique and proven software technology to ensure that a broad range of production-ready job files will be properly prepared, colour-managed, validated and delivered according to individual publishing or print specifications, saving time and resources for content creators and receivers. During the last 12 months alone, more than 2 million files representing the full spectrum of print production were developed, validated and distributed to printers and publishers around the world using Quickcut workflow tools. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, Quickcut has offices and Licensees around the globe, in Australia, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. The company also is a membe r of and strategically aligned with several industry organizations, including: AdsML, CIP4, DDAP, Ghent Workgroup, IDEAlliance, IPA, and PPA. More information about Quickcut is available at www.quickcut.com.

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