PIA/GATF Announces JDF User Group Formation
Pittsburgh-based Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) has partnered with the International Cooperation for the Integration of Process in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) to form a JDF (Job Definition Format) User Group, focusing on the implementation of JDF-enabled systems and cross-vendor implementations. JDF is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry.
The first JDF User Group meeting will be held March 24–25 at PIA/GATF’s Pittsburgh headquarters. Highlights include a hands-on look at JDF implementations within the facility, discussions of the challenges to creating successful implementations, case studies and peer networking. The group is aimed at a wide-range of users of JDF-enabled systems, from creation to fulfillment. Its steering committee is made up entirely of printers who have either implemented systems or are in the process of implementation.
There are many new solutions to workflow available, and even more will be introduced at drupa 2008. The JDF User Group seeks to address and answer important questions such as where to start, what to avoid and how to optimize the integration of new installations into existing workflows.
For more information, visit www.gain.net, www.cip4.org or call (412) 259-1782.