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IDEAlliance and IPA Announces New JDF Expert Series Module

December 20, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC—Dec. 20, 2010—IDEAlliance + IPA and The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced the addition of a JDF 1.4/1.4a module to the JDF Expert Certificate program.

The JDF Expert Certificate program is now a 15-part training program designed to teach anyone interested in process automation the fundamentals of JDF. “This program was designed with the printer and premedia professional in mind,” said Steve Bonoff, executive vice president of marketing at IDEAlliance + IPA.

“You don't have to be a programmer to learn JDF. With this program, students start with the fundamentals of reading XML, and then they learn how JDF is structured before learning how JDF is used. It's a great program for folks that may be managing automation implementation programs at printing companies, at publishing companies, or at prepress or premedia shops,” according to CIP4.

JDF 1.4 and 1.4a includes many evolutionary changes, but also some important additions that are covered in the new program module, to include:

• Security and authentication in JMF for secure printing
• Resource synchronization with JMF for network failure recovery
• Content Creation
• Automated marks creation
• Automated layout for variable data printing
• Additions for packaging and labeling printing
• Varnishing
• Modeling of device modules (useful in working with combination devices like integrated digital printing systems.)

The program is available as streaming media and is priced at only $399 for non-members and $299 for members of either IDEAlliance + IPA or CIP4. Students can opt to take an exam to become officially designated as a JDF Expert. Those that pass the test are issued a certificate and a "JDF Expert" logo that can be used on business cards and in correspondence. There is also a Spanish language version of the program available. For more information, including a detailed course outline and registration, see

About IDEAlliance + IPA
IDEAlliance (International Digital Enterprise Alliance) is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been a leader in information technology and publishing since 1966. IDEAlliance advances core technology to develop standards and best practices to enhance efficiency and speed information across the end-to-end digital media supply chain—creation, production, management, and delivery of knowledge-based multimedia content—digitally and in print. IDEAlliance members represent a unique convergence of the leading brand owners, agencies, publishers, printers, materials suppliers and solution providers. IDEAlliance provides a user-driven, cross-industry, and open environment in which its members can strategize, innovate, standardize and implement solutions to real business challenges in eMedia-based publishing. For more information, see

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. Information on CIP4, including membership details, is available from the organization's website: Or contact: Stefan Daun, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, +49 6151 155 575, All content and ideas submitted to the CIP4 user groups and intellectual property rights subsisting therein shall become the exclusive property of CIP4.

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. 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. More information is available at

Source: Press release.



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