Enfocus Software to Announce JDF and Job Ticket Support at DRUPA
Press release from the issuing company
Athens, Greece, February 26, 2004 – Enfocus Software today announces plans for comprehensive Job Ticket and JDF support across its entire product line. At drupa 2004, Enfocus intends to show a technology preview of how job ticket support will be incorporated into all of its products.
“This functionality will be incorporated into the Enfocus Certified PDF workflow, making job tickets an integral part of document receivers’ quality specifications,” explains David van Driessche, Enfocus CEO. “The job ticket used can be easily customized by the document receiver and is easy to fill out by the document creator as part of the PDF creation process. The different Enfocus products will enable the extraction of the job ticket information in different formats, including standard JDF, for easy integration with back-end MIS systems.”
Enfocus has always focused on PDF quality management in graphic arts workflows. With Certified PDF at the core of its entire product line Enfocus is the only company to offer true reliable inter-company file exchange from start to finish in that area. Enfocus’ products are used by document creators as well as by document receivers and its technology is integrated in many OEM partner products. This is the ideal position to tackle the next major issue for those graphic arts PDF workflows: job ticketing.
At DRUPA Enfocus is presenting a technology preview of how job ticket support will be incorporated seamlessly into all of its products. Incorporated in the Certified PDF workflow concept, job tickets can be an integral part of the quality specifications a document receiver establishes.
Highlights of how the actual implementation will work in practice are:
- Job ticket support will be integrated into the print queue used by Instant PDF. That print queue will contain the job ticket definition used by a document receiver, just as it now contains settings like job options and preflight settings. The print queue can then be published on CertifiedPDF.net.
- When a document creator subscribes to a print queue on CertifiedPDF.net, the job ticket definition is automatically downloaded.
- During the PDF creation process the user is prompted to fill out the job ticket, according to the guidelines in the job ticket definition. The data entered by the document creator is stored inside the PDF file.
- Enfocus Certified PDF technology ensures at any time of the life cycle of the PDF that the included job ticket data is compliant with the job ticket definition demanded by the document receiver. A file can only have a “green checkmark” if both the content and the job ticket data comply with their specification.
- As job ticket support is embraced by the Certified PDF technology, all edits of the job ticket stored in the PDF file are logged in the Certified PDF edit log.
- The job ticket information is stored in the PDF as XML. The different Enfocus products will allow extracting the job ticket information in different formats, including standard JDF, for easy integration with back-end MIS systems.
“Making job ticket support an integral part of the Enfocus Certified PDF workflow concept was a logical choice. Gathering that information only makes sense if it is done according to the need of the document receiver. Therefore you have to allow this receiver to define, monitor and trace the quality of the PDF and the job ticket throughout the file’s life cycle and that is exactly why we invented Certified PDF in the first place,” concludes van Driessche.
Enfocus will use DRUPA to show how its job ticket/JDF approach fits in with its OEM partners’ efforts in JDF. Enfocus’ added value is in the workflow up to the entrance point of their OEM partners’ systems.
“JDF will be a major buzz-word at DRUPA 2004,” says van Driessche. “The strategy we are following with regards to JDF is the same sensible strategy we have followed for PDF quality management all along. On the one hand our support for job ticketing and JDF allows PDF workflows to be extended to include the original document creators; something that was clearly missing to date. On the other hand our approach is also valuable and usable for people who aren’t yet using JDF and will not be using it for a while.”
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