Parameters for the testing are to be dictated by the Interoperability Conformance Specification (ICS) documents created by CIP4 technical working groups over the last three years. Each ICS document is focused on a specific interface between two components of a graphic arts workflow.
Initially, testing will be limited to solutions implementing the “Layout Creator to Imposition” ICS document. This ICS defines the interface between a layout creation tool and a consumer of the fully populated JDF “layout resource”—the files and metadata required by output devices.
Consumers in this instance may be tools that produce an imposed content file or prepress workflow system that performs RIPing and imposition.
“Many vendors have expressed a desire to attain JDF certification, so we expect this program to expand quickly,” says Mark Bohan, PIA/GATF’s director, research and integrated technology. “JDF Product Certification for the ‘MIS to Conventional Sheetfed Printing’ and the ‘MIS to Prepress’ ICS documents will be introduced in the near future, and several other ICS documents are in development.”
Further details of the JDF Product Certification Program can be found at www.cip4.org.
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