INDUSTRY STANDARDS — FOR THE COMMON GOOD
At the time, IDEAlliance revealed it intended to apply the G7 methodology as the foundation for updating SWOP as well, and it suspended proofing system certifications pending completion of that work. The announcement asserted that, by using G7, “the outcome will be a new visual appearance-based SWOP specification designed to enable printers to quickly and accurately replicate visual appearance from proof to press.”
Kennedy says another key part of the modernization effort was adoption of a new No. 3 grade paper as an approved SWOP stock along with the existing No. 5 grade groundwood publication paper.
Some six months later, IDEA-lliance is now in the process of relaunching the SWOP proofing system certification program, reports its vice president. The two stock options (No. 3 and 5) have been included, as well as a new GRACoL option for proofing commercial printing. The official launch of the “new SWOP” was to take the form of an IPA Webinar on September 13.
According to Kennedy, proofing system certifications for SWOP and GRACoL will resume this month. “The hard-copy proofing certification will be ‘to the numbers’ and the monitor proofing certification will move ‘to the numbers’ by early 2007,” she says.
Job Definition Format
JDF remains a specification, and not a formal standard. Its ongoing development continues to be under the direction of CIP4 (The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress).
Industry vendors largely have shifted from talking about JDF support, as such, to instead promoting the workflow integration and efficiency its use enables. The pendulum may swing back, though, as PIA/GATF ramps up the JDF Product Certification Program at its facility in Sewickley, PA.
Any products—equipment or software—submitted for testing that receive a passing grade will have the right to bear a “JDF Certified” logo. This logo can be used on packaging and in promotional materials to indicate that a product has been certified as meeting formally established guidelines for interoperability.