October 13, 2003 -- PrintCity has added an important dimension to the capabilities of its Networking Activity Group with the introduction of Global Graphics Software Limited as a new member of the strategic alliance.
The Networking Group has a central role in PrintCity’s activities, as it focuses on the integration of the various components in the “Closed loop….open systems” production workflow philosophy of PrintCity. In particular, the Networking Activity Group has been working on the optimisation of JDF (Job Definition Format) – the XML-based file format for end-to-end job ticket specifications that is proposed as an industry standard by the CIP4 organisation.
This development work will be of particular significance at drupa 2004, where PrintCity will be showcasing the JDF-compliant technology that is the future of the printing industry in live production workflows.
Global Graphics, which develops the Harlequin RIP and Jaws PDF products, is recognised as a world leading company in providing sophisticated workflow solutions and technology for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Consequently, Global Graphics technology is used in leading-edge printing workflows across the world.
As a major software developer, and a founding member of CIP4, Global Graphics is at the forefront of JDF development, and indeed the company’s Senior Technical Consultant, Martin Bailey, is currently the Chief Executive of CIP4. Bailey is excited by the opportunity to contribute to both PrintCity and to the JDF project.
“We’ve had the CTP drupa and the PDF drupa, and 2004 will be the JDF drupa,” says Bailey. “PrintCity will be demonstrating the only fully integrated JDF workflow from multiple vendors. No one else is doing that, which is very exciting for us. In the real world we know that we will be involved in multi-vendor systems, so it’s a wonderful opportunity.
“We now have the chance to work closely with developers that are really driving this JDF issue, and it will allow us to offer OEMs a better guarantee of compatibility with other vendors.”
Christian Gugler, Chairman of PrintCity’s Networking Activity Group, adds: “The aims of the Networking Group are twofold, although both hinge on the single issue of JDF. The first, short-term, milestone is of course drupa, and ensuring that PrintCity delivers a successful show. In the long term, our goal is to develop technologies that, through the magic of JDF, are able to converse easily and reliably along the entire workflow.
“Global Graphics has a wealth of experience in the field, and we are delighted to be able to draw on that experience as these projects develop.”
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