Who is CIP4

Introduction to CIP4

The CIP4 Organization is a not-for-profit standards association, whose mission is to foster the adoption of process automation in the printing industry. A global organization with representatives from 31 countries, CIP4’s membership is organizational and boasts a diverse membership that includes printers, prepress companies, publishers, vendors of graphic arts systems and software, integrators, distributors, consultants and educators. CIP4 stands for "The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress".

CIP4's objective is to simplify automation in print production and business workflow. For this purpose, CIP4 specifies jobticket such as the

  • Job Definition Format (JDF)
  • Exchange JDF (XJDF)
  • PrintTalk
  • Print Production Format (PPF) (often called “CIP3”)

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Currently, CIP4 consists of over 1100 individuals from approximately 150 members. These individuals participate in one or more of 13 working groups that are focused on technical subjects as well as educational and automation promotion activities. Membership is open to any company involved in the graphic arts, and “meetings” are primarily held via internet meeting and conference call software, for the convenience of everyone involved.

Members meet twice a year for face-to-face “Interop” events, where technical tutorials are regularly provided for new members and working groups can meet and discuss topics that are best discussed in person. Furthermore, Interops provide and opportunity for members to test systems in development with other members in a private, yet very welcoming and informative environment.

In addition to the specifications of the CIP4 provides a variety of resources to its members and the industry, including:

  • Software development kits
  • Software testing systems
  • Utilities such as CheckJDF, JDF Editor and EasyXJDF
  • International Users’ Groups
  • The JDF Marketplace — a director of products and services that support JDF and PrintTalk
  • The JDF Integration Matrix — a reference to working integration partnerships for printers
  • User case studies

Membership is by organization and provides access to benefits to all staff members, and is priced at $2000 for vendors of systems and software and $175 for users of automation systems, such as printers, prepress services, and publishers, as well as for individual consultants. Educational institutions can become a member free of charge.