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CIP4 Welcomes 100th Member

Press release from the issuing company

Zurich, Switzerland (December 12, 2001) - The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) today announced it has reached a total of one hundred members with the joining of Cerm nv. Located in Oostkam, Belgium, Cerm nv specializes in the development of printer management software. CIP4 membership has more than doubled in the past year, signifying the strategic importance of CIP4's Job Definition Format (JDF). CIP4 has three classes of membership, Partner, Full and Associate. The Partner and Full member classes are for companies who see JDF as key to their future. Printers, trade and technical associations, and consultants who are interested in furthering the work of CIP4 may also join as Associate members. Cerm nv is a Full member. "The growth of CIP4 membership, and more importantly the involvement of the members in the working groups, signals industry demand for workflow automation standards like CIP4 JDF," said Martin Bailey, CIP4 CEO. About the Job Definition Format JDF is an upcoming industry standard designed to simplify information exchange between different applications and systems in and around the Graphic Arts industry. To that end JDF builds on and extends beyond pre-existing partial solutions, such as CIP3's Print Production Format (PPF) and Adobe Systems' Portable Job Ticket Format (PJTF). It also enables the integration of commercial and planning applications into the technical workflow. JDF joins the growing number of standards based on XML, ensuring maximum possible portability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet-based systems. More information is available at www.cip4.org. About CIP4 CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants and end-users in the print communications, Graphic Arts industry and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define future versions of JDF, to study user requirements, and to design a JDF SDK. CIP4 is based in Zurich, Switzerland with offices in Darmstadt, Germany.