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FLEXO Magazine : July 2008
TECHNOLOGIES & TECHNIQUES · Support for CAD input, Braille embossing and flexographic production to enable JDF users to broaden the number of types of packaging applications that can be automated. · Improvements to JMF, including a change that requires MIS and workflow systems to continue res ending job instructions to devices until those devices actively acknowledge receipt of messages. This will ensure that, if there are network errors or disconnects, aJDF-enabled workflow does encounter mis- steps in the workflow. · The ability to model device modules, which allow the compo- nents of integrated digital printing devices to be individually addressed and controlled in JDF. · The addition of varnishing as a process, allowing for automa- tion of off-line varnishing systems and control of multiple varnishing and coating units inline. · The addition of new content creation features, such as the ability to create elements of documents, generate PDF within constraints, enforced by preflighting technology, and model the automation of iterative tasks. · The addition of absolute and relative anchor points on the sheet that can be used in various marking and layout opera- tions, and the generation of automated marks. "This version ofJDF is not so much revolutionary as evolution- ary," said CIP4 Technical Officer Dr. Rainer Prosi of Heidelberg. 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All versions of the JDF specification and schema published to the public can be downloaded from http://www.cip4.org/documents/ jdLspecificationsf. NEW INTEGRATION MATRIX The same day, the group revealed that it has completed its convergence with NGP (Networked Graphic Production), and as a result has released a new and expanded version of the JDF Integration Matrix. The Matrix is a table that illustrates the in- tegrations that various vendors have developed or installed be- tween their products and those of other vendors, and which use JDF as the interface language. There are four levels of integration; "In Progress", "Available", "Installed," and "Customer Confirmed," with the latter indicating that a CIP4 staff member contacted a printer directly to verify that the integration is installed and in use for daily production. The first preview edition of the new Matrix already exceeded it predecessor with 283 integration listings. There are another 118 integration pairs already pending confirmation and 32 "created but not completed" listings. "The response has been overwhelming," said CIP4 CEO Margaret Motamed of EFI. "It's a huge amount of work, since we didn't accept legacy listings and reconfirmed each integra- tion from scratch. In spite of the effort, the Matrix now answers the most common question from printers, 'Who is working with whom?' and answers it simply and effectively. Though this isn't a technical reference, it is a very useful tool for printers looking at JD F automation." The online version of the Matrix (available at http://www. cip4.orgfmatrix) will be updated frequently and the next printed version will be released at Graph Expo in October. As part of completing the convergence, CIP4 has adopted the slogan, "Integration through Cooperation" and has completely revised the look and feel of all of its print and electronic communica- tions. This includes a new look and feel for the CIP4 website and navigation for the CIP4 website home page, and new brand- ing for all CIP4 collateral with JDF Brochures in English and German. "Literally everything that CIP4 distributes to the public, in print or electronic communications, such as the JDF Bulletin, has been redesigned," said Wilton. "All members had a chance to provide input and it was a big effort for the designer, Matt Rayner of Flow Creative, as well as CIP4 staff Barbara McGowan and Stefan Daun; but this effort provides a fresh new look and a new level of consis- tency for CIP4 with the completion of the convergence." "Mark Wilton has taken on a huge project in the redesign of CIP4's look and feel," said CIP4 Executive Director James Harvey. "The design effort was donated by Kodak as part of their com- mitment to a successful convergence of NGP and CIP4, and on behalf of everyone at CIP4 I'd like to say thank you! It looks great." .
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