CIP3--Enabling the Digital Journey
Q: Are imposed workflows the ones best suited to CIP3?
A: No. The CIP3 consortium has deliberately avoided specifying how a PPF file is to be used in a workflow. To do so would significantly limit its usefulness in real-world environments. The CIP3 file itself contains information about the printing form that can be used in a wide variety of ways that might differ from shop to shop.
In fact, the results of field trials of products designed to process PPF files by a number of CIP3 members have proven the file design to be robust and complete, and allow it to be used in a wide variety of ways.
How can users begin to do CIP3? Start by examining the workflow currently in use— and ask yourself where information is being recalculated.