XJDF (Exchange Job Definition Format) 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.
This book is an introduction to XJDF and focuses on the technical implementation. The goal of this book is to address the essentials of XJDF and elevate the reader to a competent level on which he or she is able to work with the official XJDF Specification. This book is a summary and explanation of the fundamental concepts and ideas behind XJDF.
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