CIP4 Announces Update to Key Product Certification Standards
TOKYO—September 21, 2007—The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization today announced at IGAS 2007 the release of a new set of Interoperability Conformance Specifications - “ICS” based upon version 1.3 of the JDF specification.
Current JDF product certification testing, managed by PIA/GATF, is based upon JDF 1.2 ICS’, which is the previous generation of ICS documents. ICS’ define subsets of the JDF specification that graphic arts systems and software must implement to establish a minimum level of JDF support. Each ICS is specific to a production step or the connectivity between a system that is managing a print job and a system that is executing a process step, such as the MIS to Prepress ICS or the Prepress to Conventional Printing ICS.
The new release includes changes to the ICS architectural documents that are the foundation for all ICS documents. These ICS architectural documents include a Base ICS (applicable to all JDF enabled systems), a basic MIS ICS (applicable to all Management Information Systems, regardless of function), and now a new base JMF ICS. Support of JMF, or the Job Messaging Format, was separated out into its own ICS so that levels of compliance for JDF processing and levels of compliance for JMF processing can be dealt with and certified separately.
“As with any new testing program, you quickly learn if there are any fundamental errors in your requirements when real products start arriving for testing,” said Dr. Mark Bohan, Vice President of Research and Technology at PIA/GATF. “In JDF 1.2 ICS’ the levels of compliance for JDF and JMF were synonymous; if you wanted to certify that a product was capable of level two JDF processing, it had to also certify that it was capable of level two JMF messaging. We discovered that companies applying for certification wanted to certify for level two or three JDF processing, but lower levels of JMF support, and we couldn’t do that with testing based upon the old ICS’.”