JDF To Be or Not to Be --Waldman
Romano feels that the CIP4 group is on a bandwagon fueled by their own convictions—leaving contrary viewpoints at the station. Other industry experts have similar misgivings. So, am I blindly riding on that bandwagon? While I admit to being on the bandwagon I do have my eyes open and realize that JDF is not a slam-dunk. It will take an almost unprecedented industry effort to turn the hype into reality which, I think, is happening. I have worked with and talked to many who are making that effort.
And it doesn't matter that there are some industry suppliers making little to no effort. As long as the firms that make up the core of what we do work together, all else will eventually fall in place. James Mauro of Heidelberg—one of the industry's important suppliers working hard on JDF—feels the same way I do.
"As JDF becomes an accepted and accredited standard, many more suppliers will conform with the specification, making CIM a reality instead of a dream," Mauro contends. "The momentum is already evident with over 250 members of the CIP4 organization. Even though JDF is still a new subject that meets with some skepticism, it will ultimately be received with the same high regard as other well-accepted standards like PPF (Print Production Format) and PDF (Portable Document Format)—all standards that are contributing to and paving the way for JDF's success."
Larry Zusman of Xerox, another top supplier devoting considerable resources toward JDF, summed it up nicely. "Will it be adopted immediately? Standards never are," he notes. "But with the incorporation of JDF into our Xerox FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection and offerings from our strategic partners Adobe, Creo and EFI, we are confident that the adoption of the standard throughout the graphic arts industry is much closer than anyone ever imagined."