CIP4 Launches New JDF Bulletin Online to Keep Print Community Informed

WASHINGTON, DC—Feb. 14, 2012—The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced the February launch of a new “Web version” of its JDF Bulletin, enabling CIP4 to keep members, potential members and news media better informed on current developments within the CIP4 Organization, work done by the CIP4 Working Groups and JDF integration among member companies worldwide.

News announcements will appear on the CIP4 website, and be able to be updated in a more timely manner, with news digests delivered on a monthly basis. In its new format, the JDF Bulletin will provide “news on demand” to encourage greater interest in CIP4 membership and collaboration in the industry.

CIP4’s first issue will focus on “Strategizing for drupa,” with program and event logistics information for drupa, starting with the Spring Interop (scheduled for March 12-16, 2012) and leading up to the Print Automation Park, Print Automation Live! and CIPPI Awards events at drupa.

In the ensuing months, the JDF Bulletin editorial team—led by CIP4 Executive Director Jim Harvey, Barbara McGowan and Stefan Daun—will continue with regular columns that will focus on news about Working Groups, member company integrations, software tools and upcoming events. The JDF Bulletin will feature interviews with key JDF players and recently published books, articles, white papers and case studies. It will also include news from member companies.

Submission of JDF news and product release information is considered a CIP4 membership benefit, and all CIP4 members are invited to contribute. All content will be reviewed by the JDF Bulletin editorial team prior to publication. Submissions may be sent to Barbara McGowan at

The new online version of the JDF Bulletin, designed by B2 Marketing, replaces the previous e-mail version published bimonthly since October 2008. For more information on CIP4 or questions about this announcement, please contact CIP4 Executive Director James Harvey at or via telephone at (410) 451-5040.

About JDF
The Job Definition Format (JDF) is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. Widely adopted and recognized worldwide as a key industry standard, JDF also enables the integration of business management and job planning applications into the production workflow. JDF is based on the W3C’s Extensible Markup Language (XML), ensuring maximum interoperability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet systems.

About CIP4
CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools as well as educational resources.

Source: CIP4.