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Friday, April 16, 2004

Still thinking about whether JDF is ready for print to take it up. This blogging approach seems to work as a way to think. I may change my mind later but here's a link

At IPEX 2002 they were one of the most definite in presenting JDF. Maybe the response from print companies has been slower than they hope for in buying the software, but the print management aspect seems to be going ok.

Things move a lot faster than would be convenient for a print investment schedule spread over time.
Reading more from Andrew Tribute's blog I find some reservations about JDF

Also there is a surprising comment from Frank Romano in this week's Printweek
I have risked a short quote on the WWWatford site.

There is a lot to do to persuade the print industry to support JDF. Whatever Frank Romano thinks about the customers and their ignorance, these are the people who place the orders. In the UK I think it was when the Digital Ad Lab understood how a PDF workflow could help them that the print companies actually invested. They are studying JDF. Maybe all the software companies trying things out should consider print management. They can offer a front end that customers expect, then sort things out for however print companies want to work.