Tackling the Workflow Challenge --McIlroy
In my mind a truly effective workflow system would function at the operating system level, whether at the Mac OS or from Windows (ideally both). But Adobe has become so dominant a player in graphic arts workflows that, even though riding above the level of operating systems, it can de facto set a standard.
What Will Be the Answer?
As I outlined earlier, Version Cue's functionality remains extremely limited. I'm holding my breath for two possible outcomes. Either Adobe extends Version Cue to a level where no other vendor would dare to compete. Or else Apple and/or Microsoft take the cue from Version Cue, and realize how important this functionality is to their own operating system platforms.
Either way, it should be clear to printers that metadata standards like Version Cue and JDF are the future of their workflows, and they should begin to plan accordingly.
About the Author
Thad McIlroy is an electronic publishing consultant and analyst, based at Arcadia House in San Francisco. He welcomes your comments at email@example.com.