Now supports web offset printing, newspaper production, and packaging.
CIP4 (the International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress) has published version 1.3 of the Job Definition Format, or JDF. The new version introduces features to support web offset printing, newspaper production, and packaging; it also allows for the ability to track individual elements on a page (previously, the page was the smallest job element that could be tracked), and provides for improved job ganging, consumables identification, and file-format conversion to and from various file formats.
"JDF [now] full supports web offset and newspaper production," says Dr. Rainer Prosi, CIP4's technical officer. "In the case of packaging, we've only introduced some basic functionality. We focused first on what is necessary to support board and folding carton converting. Future editions of JDF will expand on this foundation to support other areas of packaging, such as flexible packaging."
The JDF 1.3 PDF document can be downloaded from the CIP4 website free of charge.