Composition Zones enable multiple people to work in parallel on different components of the same project (document), down to elements within a single page. It is incumbent upon the “owner” of the document to take ultimate responsibility for the entire file as that person retains control over all the parts. However, it’s not hard to image a scenario in which a break down in communication leads to a file being sent to a printer with one or more component not having been finalized.
And if a problem is discovered in preflight or subsequent processing, how many people are going to have to be tracked down and brought into the loop to resolve the issue? Job Jackets do travel with the individual zones, as well as master/source document, to help ensure consistency. Then there’s the question of whether each collaborator needs to proof and approve his/her portion of the job.
The upgrade includes an array of other enhancements, including tighter integration with Adobe Photoshop while also incorporating Quark’s Image Engine technology for manipulating design elements without needing Photoshop. A final touch that should be doubly pleasing to printers is the company has gone back to including a printed manual in the box at no charge.
JDF Product Certification Program Launched
SEWICKLEY, PA—More than two years in development, the JDF Product Certification Program has finally been launched by CIP4 (The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress) and PIA/GATF (Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation).
The program has been established to test product compliance to the Job Definition Format specification. JDF-enabled solutions that successfully complete testing will be issued a “JDF Certified” logo. This logo can be used on product packaging and promotional materials to convey to buyers that products have been certified to meet established guidelines for interoperability.