JDF is based on a special form of Extensible Markup Language (XML), a nonproprietary information carrier that can link and refer files to multiple production devices. Using JDF, you can describe the intent of a printed piece, as well as each process step required to achieve that intent.
Think of it as a smart, self-directed electronic job jacket that holds not only the job content, but also instructions to interact with other JDF-enabled devices, automatically routing the job through each workflow step — from creation to final print production — for greater automation, speed, cost efficiency, and ease of use.
In addition to streamlining print production tasks, JDF expands workflow integration beyond the pressroom and into the enterprise itself.
JDF-enabled systems can facilitate estimating and materials ordering and interface with other databases such as CRM software and supply chain information. With this capability, JDF further integrates the business of printing (process steps) with the print business.
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