CIP4 Announces Availability of XJDF, an Iteration of JDF Standard
ZURICH, Switzerland - April 4, 2018 - The CIP4 Organization, a not-for-profit standards association fostering the adoption of process automation in the printing industry, is pleased to announce the availability of XJDF, an iteration of the JDF standard designed to simplify workflow automation by making it both easier to implement and far easier to validate using standard XML tools. CIP4 developed XJDF to build on learnings with the JDF standard over the past nearly two decades. The new standard will coexist with JDF 1.6, which is being released simultaneously. The parallel development of both versions offers options to industry stakeholders wishing to incorporate JDF, XJDF or both into their product offerings and/or production environments.
“The original versions of the Job Description Format (JDF) specification were based on the idea of a complete electronic job ticket,” explains Rainer Prosi, Technical Officer for CIP4. “But in many cases, this provides too much information for devices such as printing presses, platesetters or finishing devices that do not require that much data to execute their activities and return status information. XJDF allows transmission of only the required and/or available data with no need to specify values for data that does not exist or is not needed by the receiving device. In effect, it is a lighter version of JDF, as evidenced by its 440-page specification, as opposed to the 1,000-page JDF specification. XJDF offers an ideal means of facilitating communication among web-to-print, MIS, production and other systems to simplify workflow automation.”
Prosi points out that XJDF co-exists with JDF, with one format not excluding the other, and both will continue to be developed In addition, a full intellectual property (IP) review has been conducted, and XJDF is free of known IP issues.
“We are looking forward to working with industry stakeholders as they begin to implement this new standard,” Prosi added. “Resources include our white paper, XJDF: The Evolution of JDF, available at https://confluence.cip4.org/display/PUB/XJDF+-+The+evolution+of+JDF that provides background information and as well as information helpful for implementation. In addition, www.cip4.org hosts the XJDF specification, XJDF and JDF side-by-side comparisons, and much more (https://confluence.cip4.org/).
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