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JDF Specification 1.0

JDF Specification, Version 1.0 Officially Released by CIP4 and Immediately Available on the CIP4 Web Site

JDF Defines New Paradigm for Increased Automation and Integrated Supply Chain Workflow

Boston, MA, USA. April 10, 2001.

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) today announced the release of version 1.0 of the Job Definition Format (JDF) specification. JDF, an emerging standard for the graphic arts market, administered by CIP4, is an XML-based print workflow specification. As an open standard, JDF will benefit print buyers and print service providers by simplifying the job specification process, by ensuring cross-vendor system communication, and by automating many of today's manual production processes with a flexible, universal Job Ticket (JDF). The specification is available immediately at

Collaborative support for JDF by technology vendors, hardware manufacturers, eCommerce vendors, print production companies, and others involved in printed communication is expected to enable efficient end-to-end print supply chain workflow. JDF promises to integrate authoring, production, management, manufacturing, delivery and MIS control. This will allowing system and software developers to extend existing high performance systems, to develop new, highly-configurable systems and to create a new level of process integration in the industry. eCommerce companies will be able to directly integrate this production workflow into print management systems, accessible via online web sites. End users can look forward to more cost-effective workflow automation.

"This collaborative effort on JDF brings together key players in the printing industry and validates the role of open, robust workflow standards towards realizing new supply chain efficiencies," said George Cacioppo, Vice President of Internet Printing, Adobe Systems Incorporated.

"As the first software company to adopt EDI standards for ordering print 10 years ago, printCafe is dedicated to remaining a leader in technology for the printing industry," said Marc Olin, Co-CEO and President of printCafe. "The printCafe approach has always been to participate in the work of CIP4 and GCA and to leverage industry standards to streamline the flow of information within the commercial print environment. We are very supportive of CIP4 and encouraged by the release of JDF 1.0 and the inclusion of GCA in the process. This effort, we believe, will be instrumental in creating workflow efficiencies for our customers and all commercial printers."

"NexPress Solutions LLC is a partner member of CIP4 and an aggressive advocate for open standards. NexPress is working with other members to help assure that the appropriate components of graphic arts variable data printing - and digital printing specs in general - are incorporated in the Job Definition Format (JDF) Specification. JDF will provide a reliable and open job ticket standard that NexPress will incorporate, in conjunction with our support for an interoperable Portable Digital Master (PDM) for content markup based on PDF. The JDF job ticket standard will be an essential component of our end-to-end system solution for the digital press marketplace and will assist NexPress in providing the industry a guaranteed level of interoperability - open access - that will help drive new opportunities for digital color printing.", says Venkat Purushotham, president, NexPress Solutions LLC.

"JDF has the potential to significantly increase the end to end efficiency of print related workflows, enabling the seamless integration of open systems into one productive and profitable whole," said Martin Bailey, CEO of CIP4 and Senior Technical Consultant at Harlequin.

For further information about CIP4 and its Job Definition Format please refer to the web site

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "Job Definition Format (JDF)."

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