Is JDF dead or alive?

by admin on November 4, 2008

So I've talked about job definition format (JDF) in the past on this blog and mostly complained complained that its just a specification in desperate need of a product. You know, like people don't use HTML, they use Internet Explorer or Firefox. So along comes this interesting post courtesy of Magiccom about the magic question: Is JDF dead?

Then right back comes this post from the printceo gusy that rumours of the death of JDF are exaggerated.

Okay, so this is a prepress blog and I'm pretty sure that the readers on this blog are pretty smart people who know what's up in prepress. So I'm going to run a pretty unscientific poll and here are the choices.

Is JDF Dead or Alive?

Alive. It's a wonderful concept that is brilliantly implemented. My shop couldn't live without JDF, you ignorant twit.

Dead. Or kill it.  I've heard about JDF for years now and its done nothing for me.

Update on poll: 75% think its dead, so far but I have only been running this for a couple of hours. And I have change the sponsored opinion poll tracker. Before, it was US-based that needed a zip code submit. Now it's international tracking, no zip submit, and you get the chance to play a RPG in your browser. Much more cool.

{ 1 comment }

Michael "PDF boy" Jahn November 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm

JDF is not dead, nor will it “die” anymore than the file format for Microsoft word will die – it will evolve and grow. JDF is not really thriving or becoming as widely adopted as lets say, PDF because there is not a large of an ecosystem for JDF. Vendors depend on it and are thankful it exists, as it becomes a common language for process control communication, but for JDF to become as popular as PDF and as required as PDF – we need tools. PDF became useful for prepress exchange when Peter Camps invented Enfocus PitStop – a set of tools that could help use modify PDFs into what we required. What we need is the same for workflows. I think there is a very strong possibility that JDF will thrive as Peter and his team do that with Enfocus Switch – that is, build a workflow editor that is simple to use and easy to implement. Perhaps JDF will then become our industries widely used and wildly popular ‘portable workflow format’ PWF ?

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