Executive Summary - What is XJDF?

XJDF (Exchange Job Definition Format) is a simplified version of JDF. XJDF 2.1 is the first minor version update of XJDF. Whereas the original versions of JDF were based on the idea of a complete electronic job ticket, XJDF 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.

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