Starting with IPEX 2002, this blog covers events relevant for UK print, including Seybold and DRUPA. See also website at www.atford.co.uk

Saturday, May 08, 2004

Now in Koln for the day. There will be more of a report around Sunday when I'm back in Exeter.

I spent most of the time in the CIP4 JDF Parc, Hall 4. It connects to most of what is happening in other halls so you tend to go back there. Optimus and Agfa are there from Print City. Xerox has no stand as shown in the printed guide but they do several presentations. Xerox FreeFlow turns out to be largely JDF, working closely with Creo and Adobe. Whatever the plugin for creating JDF data from InDesign and7or Acrobat is called, the Xerox expectation seems to be that it will be available fairly soon. It is presented as a part of FreeFlow as if FreeFlow is current. This would suggest the plug-in could be released as such, without waiting for a new release of Creative Suite. That might be eighteen months away. Maybe the timescale depends on feedback.

Several stands within the JDF Parc show the logo for Objective Advantage. CIP4 seems to be sharing specification updates and Objective Advantage continues to support JDF. See link for Seybold Hot Pick from 2002. http://www.oai.cc/default.asp?FeatureID=4&SectionID=12&RedBoxID=48 Sorry you will have to copy this in. There is √°dwatch´software on this machine that blocks pop-ups of any kind, even the Blogger helper. Can't remember html any more either. This may be edited next week.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

It turns out to be quite hard to find Adobe in the Heidelberg space. Even Kodak is not clearly identified as such. As yesterday, my impression is that Heidelberg are not communicating their contribution to JDF. They are working with Adobe and in future JDF from InDesign or Acrobat will work with Prinect but this is not at all obvious from their current display.

The best place to find Adobe is the JDF Parc in Hall 4 (with an excellent poster courtesy of Heidelberg). There is a chart showing other locations where Adobe crops up. I keep going on about Adobe as they seem to be the central company for digital connections with print. InDesign is now well accepted. XMPie have chosen it as their core page output software and apparently they find there is at least one copy on most sites. If the JDF Parc is too full to navigate ( Adobe is right at the back) then Print City also has a space explaining how JDF could work with InDesign and Acrobat.

Still no sign of JobReady or Datalogics. I had thought that Datalogics would be on the HP stand. ( see the website (http://www.datalogics.com/news-events.asp) as a source for this) Can´t find them so far.

However Triplearc have a small space showing software for variable data. At IPEX 2002 they had a much larger stand showing software for JDF input online. Discussion on why print management works in the UK and how long it will take print customers to understand JDF is a bit off topic for them at drupa but they might find time for a discussion. (HP Hall 4 C23)

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Have arrived in Cologne and found the way to Dusseldorf. This is the closest I could find a hotel. Much going on here so I hope to take Saturday off.

The wonderful press office have accepted my hard copy versions of this blog and the WWW.atford site as evidence of my credentials as a journalist. So I have access to the full press release list and can join the queue for web access. This is written from a small internet cafe in Cologne. I feel less worried once I have completed the journey back. this could change over the week.

So far there has been a major presentation by Heidelberg. They fill Halls 1 and 2 and have always been a major part of drupa. The demonstration were mostly about new versions of their Speedmaster but the press releases included one on working with Adobe on PDF. Somewhere in the Heidelberg stand, probably as part of Prinect, there will be a demonstration of how to create JDF data from InDesign and Acrobat. Previously i had only heard about this as part of Print City.

Heidelberg are committed to JDF and talked about it a lot. One problem seems to be that they only show it working with their own products. In answer to questions they offered to take anyone to actual sites where other suppliers were part of the workflow, for example Agfa. But there won't be much except Heidelberg in Halls 1 and 2. So the JDF story may be more convincing in Print City and elsewhere.

Monday, May 03, 2004

I have updated the Acrobat Services websites as relevant for drupa, where I am headed next week.

The dotcom site has a photo from Seybold Amsterdam. I think it is ok to concentrate on drupa and hard copy for the next fortnight. In theory the dotcom site is supposed to move on to PDF on the web, forms etc. This will come back as an emphasis once there is more agreement on JDF. This could be during the first week of drupa.

The www.atford site has a map of drupa concentrating on the bits that relate to PDF.

This blog may not get updated for a week or so depending on whether I find some access and / or can work out what to concentrate on. But there will be an update soon.