Introducing PDF To CIP3's Format
What do PDF and PJTF mean for CIP3's Print Production Format—and how is the Silicon Valley giant helping the consortium deliver on its promise to provide a fully digital link between prepress, press and postpress functionality?
To answer that, John Felleman, director of engineering at Adobe and the Adobe representative on the CIP3 council, points to the power of Adobe's PJTF—a thorough production job ticket format based on PDF—and PJTF's potential for empowering the CIP3 PPF with the flexibility and functionality of PDF-based workflows.
Felleman reports, at present, the current version of CIP3's PPF is based on storing data in PostScript format and is completely independent of PDF, but that will change as CIP3 opens up to the PJTF and its role in enabling a PDF workflow.
"We have already seen some successful implementations of PPF, and moving to a PJTF-based workflow that incorporates PPF is going to make product implementations that much easier and more powerful," he explains, noting that emerging technologies like Adobe Post-Script Extreme—Adobe's latest architecture for PDF-based prepress workflows—rely on PDF and PJTF to deliver reliable digital workflows.
"The work under way to encode PPF in PJTF provides a robust technical solution to this need," Felleman reports. "Print professionals can be confident in solutions that preserve their investments in digital automation and process control."
As CIP3 moves forward, Adobe, one of the initial CIP3 member companies, continues to support the international consortium's goal of establishing industry standards to bring Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) to the print production process.
If anyone can help build a CIM city, it's Adobe—with PDF, perhaps, serving as the golden key.
As 1998 moves to a close, look for the December issue of Printing Impressions to feature an industry debate on the merit and potential of CIP3's Print Production Format—with top technology providers from prepress, press and postpress markets sharing their views on the CIP3 vision.