XJDF is a simplified version of JDF. Whereas the original versions of JDF were based on the idea of a complete electronic job ticket, XJDF (JDF 2.0) assumes that the job ticket exists only as an internal representation within a management application. Management applications can be but are not limited to MIS (Management Information Systems), Production control systems or Prepress workflow systems. XJDF describes the interface between management applications and applications that execute instructions. In other words XJDF is designed to be a pure information interchange interface. This leads to a significant reduction of complexity compared with the original JDF design. This reduction in complexity should lead to faster, simpler and more robust integration of devices and applications in the graphic arts.
The Job Definition Format 2.0 is still under development but rapidly nearing completion. You can find information about the current development status on the XJDF WG page and the latest working drafts at XJDF 2.0 (dev) in the TSC Space.
There is no final version of the XJDF Specification available yet. The following document is the current official IP review document and still subject to changes. See IP review Policy for details of CIP4's intellectual property policy.
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