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JDF: Ready for Take-Off?

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The Job Definition Format has been around for a decade now. So why isn’t it more common in wide-format printing—and why is that about to change?

Not another acronym, you say? Yes, but this one has the potential to transform your workflow into an efficient, automated process.

The idea behind JDF, or the Job Definition Format, is to provide a way for the different components of a digital print production workflow to communicate with each other – from the initial creation of a job ticket through control of the finishing process. They do that through a JDF file, an XML expression of the specifications for a job.

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The ABCs of JDF

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Automating the workflow pipeline.

The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Post Press (CIP4) Organization is the international standards association whose mission is to foster the adoption of automation in the printing industry. CIP4 brings together systems and software vendors, printers, publishers, consultants, educators, integrators, and distributors to define standards that support print automation, and to help educate and promote automation globally. JDF is one of those standards.

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SGIA Accepting Golden Image Award Entries

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Entries will be showcased during SGIA in October.

SGIA is now accepting entries for its Golden Image Awards Competition to be held at the 2011 SGIA Expo in New Orleans, October 19-21, which annually recognizes innovative work in the digital and screen printing marketplace.

"This is a great opportunity for companies to compete against the best in the specialty imaging community and display their work to thousands of Expo attendees," says Johnny Shell, SGIA vice president of technical services.

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Graphics Fit for a Rap King

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New York's Apple Visual Graphics offers Roc Nation a graphic's makeover.

The Client Roc Nation

The Players Apple Visual Graphics

Tools & Supplies Mimaki JV33, Mimaki ES3 Eco-Solvent inks, Sihl Smart Canvas Matte 3482, OnOne Software Perfect Resize 7

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Panoply Finance Launched

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New company specializes in financing programs for wide- and grand-format printers.

Panoply Finance, a sister company of Global Imaging and Global Garage, has launched. The new business specializes in financing programs for wide- and grand-format printers.

“We only lease in the wide- and grand-format industry and really understand the value and life cycle of grand-format equipment. This allows us to recommend the best lease structure for our customers based on their needs and long-term goals,” says Christene Mallory, Panoply’s director of financial services.

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Social Media: Why Make the Journey?

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How social media can benefit your print shop.

While the specific reasons for businesses to engage in social media marketing differ depending upon whether a company is in the business-to-business (B-to-B) or business-to-consumer (B-to-C) space, large or small, the basic goals are similar. If we were to boil these down to their core essence, the three primary motivators for engaging in social media are to build brand awareness, to nurture relationships, and build brand loyalty. These all lead to the main goal, which is ultimately to drive sales.

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Connect 2011: Previewing EFI’s Newest Innovations

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EFI holds its 12th annual Connect Users Conference before and during ISA Expo.

In Las Vegas, just before and during ISA Expo, EFI held its 12th annual Connect
Users Conference at the Wynn hotel. In addition to a broad array of educational
sessions, user group meetings, speakers, and exhibitors, the 1000 conference
attendees were able to see demonstrations and test drive in the lab area the latest
EFI products before their official release.

For print providers working in wide format, one of the highlights was the
introduction of the EFI Vutek GS3250LX, a new production-level UV printer utilizing

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Down Under Makeover

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Vision Isle brings Australia to Oakland Zoo.

When Oakland Zoo’s Wild Australia exhibit kicked off last summer, guests were brought down under without ever stepping foot outside of California, with live animals straight from the Outback and the melodic tunes of Didgeridoo music. To celebrate the additions of several Australian wallaroo and emu, Oakland Zoo created a 3.5-acre Wild Australia exhibit surrounding its railroad tracks – inviting guests to hop on the Outback Express and be immersed in all things Oz.

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Roland's VersaUV LEF-12 'Benchtop' Flatbed UV Printer

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For printing three-dimensional objects.

Roland has announced the VersaUV LEF-12 “benchtop” flatbed UV printer that’s built for three-dimensional objects.

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New Line of Green Products from Hexis: Naturally

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Also adds line of cast vinyls.

Hexis has debuted its new line of green products, Naturally, which includes a latex printing film and a gloss overlaminate. HXL300WG2 is a latex film with a gloss finish coated with a gray pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive and is suitable for solvent inkjet printers and Mutoh Bio inks and HP Latex inks. The 4-mil film is PVC free, with no plasticizers and includes a HexPress liner. PL300CG2 is a glossy latex laminate with pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive made for use with HXL300WG2; the 1-mil film is also PVC free.

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