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JDF is announced at Seybold Boston 2001

APRIL 15, 2001 — On Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at Seybold Boston, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Agfa, Heidelberg and MAN Roland jointly announced the creation of the Job Definition Format (JDF) standard. JDF is a new electronic-job-ticket specification designed to facilitate process automation, collaborative workflow and asset management in the print and cross-media publishing markets.

JDF is an open, scalable, web-compatible job-ticket standard built on the success of proven standards such as the CIP3 PPF (Print Production Format). It is compatible with PDF (Portable Document Format) and PJTF (Portable Job Ticket Format).


Some might wonder how the new JDF standard differs from the PJTF (Portable Job Ticket Format) standard, which has been implemented in Agfa's "Apogee" system and is in use currently at over 1000 Apogee sites. According to Stephan Jaeggi, internationally recognized expert in the areas of prepress systems and workflow systems, PJTF is concerned only with the information needed at the final stages of the workflow (i.e., printing and finishing), while the JDF standard encompasses the entire workflow.

Why is JDF Needed?

Document-production systems available today do not manage the complete workflow process (from content creation and prepress through the printshop up to the post-processing area of media production). Because of this, today's systems cannot exchange all relevant job-description information among the different systems that participate in the workflow process. JDF is designed to fill this gap. It is being launched as an open, object-oriented, XML framework for passing information or metadata about a job and from one set of systems to another.

JDF Spec Will be Made Available

The JDF specification will be published by the four companies and made widely available to all interested OEMs, third parties and end users via its Web site,

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