CIP4 Standard--Digital Integration
"JDF is the missing link to implement interoperability of systems from e-commerce to print room, allowing automation of the entire publishing process," reports Johan Berlaen, general manager of R&D Systems at Agfa.
"The transfer of the initiative from the four founding companies to an open standards body is a major milestone in the adoption of JDF," he contends. "I encourage organizations, companies or individuals who want to contribute to JDF to work together with CIP4 so that JDF can be implemented worldwide for the benefit of the whole publishing and printing industry."
Within the coming months, more news will be reported concerning efforts to implement JDF into CIP4 initiatives, signaling a new turn for automated workflows and process control. It will incorporate prepress technologies, as well as e-commerce technologies working on the front end to drive process control through the pressroom and out the finishing department.
CIP3 is no more, it has evolved; and with it evolves the expectations of the printing industry as digital technologies deliver new levels of print production automation.