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CIP4 Announces Publication Of JDF Marketplace

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Zurich, Switzerland, April 5, 2004: The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press, and Postpress (CIP4) Organization announces the publication of JDF Marketplace, the first comprehensive directory of JDF-enabled products and services. Designed as a quarterly publication, JDF Marketplace is a directory of resources for printers, prepress services, publishers, and other users looking for JDFenabled products and services. It is available free on the CIP4 website, http://www.cip4.org/, as a PDF document. Since early 2001, more than 140 of the leading providers of graphic arts systems, software, and equipment have been developing the Job Definition Format (JDF) specification as well as JDF-enabled products and services. These products and services began hitting the market in early 2003; this year has seen a marked increase in JDFenabled products and services, in anticipation of drupa 2004 in Düsseldorf in May. The challenge for potential users of JDF-enabled products and services has been learning what is available to them, as the existing industry directories, catalogs, and references do not clearly identify JDF-enabled products. “CIP4, representing both the vendor and the user side of the industry, recognized this need and developed the JDF Marketplace,” says Martin Bailey, CIP4’s CEO. “We developed an online catalog and invited member companies to post information about their products and services. This information is reproduced as submitted by the companies for the benefit of the printing and publishing markets as a whole.” Companies are invited to update their listings quarterly, and to add new products and services as they become available. “The first edition of JDF Marketplace includes over 120 product and service listings from the industry leaders,” continues CIP4 executive director, James Harvey. “Listings are organized by workflow function, with separate sections for products and services. Built-in bookmarks make it easy to go right to a specific category such as Creative, Preflighting and Asset Transfer, or MIS, Workflow and Production. The JDF Marketplace PDF file is optimized for screen and desktop printing.” “Many of the products listed in JDF Marketplace will be showcased at drupa 2004 in CIP4’s JDF Parc which includes 19 demonstration pods,” adds Harvey. “Visitors to the JDF Parc will be issued a job ticket which can be used to try out JDF-enabled products through a workflow simulation which follows the job from station to station both within the Parc.” The first edition of the JDF Marketplace is posted on the CIP4 website. To download a copy, visit: http://www.cip4.org/.