CIP3 Comes Home
On an Internet note, new companies have joined the CIP3 initiative, notably Impresse and Noosh. Both are poised to offer Internet-based print procurement and administrative tasks to the printing industry—perhaps via a PPF link, but certainly via an automated bridge that will link the print procurement phase with the print production processes further down a print job's life cycle.
A DRUPA City
MAN Roland is one of more than 60 partners making up PrintCity at DRUPA 2000. Located in a new hall, it will be the largest single exhibit hall in Germany, occupying more than 220,000 square feet. MAN Roland and its PrintCity partners, including fellow CIP3 partners Adobe, Agfa and Wohlenberg, will demonstrate complete print production workflows.
With CIP3 in mind, MAN Roland will exhibit its PECOM Server-Net, which is a backbone for the CIP3 open-architecture concept. Also in PrintCity, MAN Roland will operate a new electronic job ticket specification designed to bring significant levels of process automation, collaborative workflow and asset management to both print and cross-media publishing markets.
Jointly announced in February by industry leaders Adobe, Agfa, Heidelberg and MAN Roland, the Job Definition Format (JDF) is a new electronic job ticket specification. It is being positioned as an open, scalable, Web-compatible job ticket standard that is built on the success of market proven standards like the CIP3 PPF and upward compatible to de facto standards like Adobe's PDF and Adobe's Portable Job Ticket Format (PJTF).
The JDF specification will be published by the four companies and made widely available to all interested OEMs, third parties and end users via www.job-definition-format.org.
With these and other initiatives that will take center stage at DRUPA 2000, CIP3 has become much more than a concept. It is a consortium in action, a cooperation of technology pioneers devoted to advancing automation in the printing process. CIP3, too, is an application. It is the Print Production Format, which, through technologies from Adobe, Agfa and other software engineers, is linking the front-end functionality and demands of commercial printing to their pressroom and bindery operations. One by one, commercial printers are adopting the PPF as a standard workflow.