Like a Super Drupa --Waldman
It should come as no surprise that companies like Adobe are leading the way, particularly since Adobe's development of the Portable Job Ticket Format along with CIP3's (forerunner to CIP4) Print Production Format laid the foundation for JDF.
But Adobe's continued efforts are essential because PDF is an integral part of what will become the PDF/JDF workflow and, as you are well aware, the RIP is at the core of prepress. Accordingly, Adobe's latest releases of both Adobe Distiller 1.5 in Adobe Acrobat 6 Professional and PostScript 3016 are both JDF compatible. But Adobe is just one of many major industry suppliers that have JDF-enabled products to show. Heidelberg, EFI, Xerox, Creo, Agfa, MAN Roland are among a long list.
JDF promises to be an end-to-end, automated solution for the printing industry. As such, automation starts with the client. Thus the client must have the ability to easily create a JDF-enabled PDF tailored to the specific print provider's workflow. And that's what Adobe PDF JobReady (formally called Adobe PDFTransit), distributed and supported by Datalogics, does.
With a simple click, Adobe PDF JobReady makes it easy for the print provider's customer to automatically make and send a PDF via the Web—without the need for Acrobat—that is custom tailored to the production needs of the print provider. Since this is such an essential element in properly initiating the PDF/JDF workflow from the customer, other companies are also starting to offer solutions.
One such company is. . .well, I knew them as DS America. Or was the name Dainippon Screen of America, or was it Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co., or Dainippon Screen, or. . .I never could get the name right. But one thing I can say about Screen (USA) is that in the '80s the best, most reliable piece of equipment in my print shop was their scanner.