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= Job Definition Format. JDF is a process description with which job and production parameters can be exchanged between devices and systems from different manufacturers in the printing industry.

Operating principle

The objective is to enter the order and production data only once. The job data is used for automatic control of machines (e.g. ink zone presetting in printing) and for data exchange with management information systems (MIS) and enterprise resource planning systems ERP.


An example of this is the automatic return flow of production times for checking the order progress and creating the final cost estimate. The basis for saving the data is the format XML. If orders from a web-to-print or web-to-publish system are output via JDF, an automated transfer and further processing based on JDF is also possible at a print service provider.

Order processing and print production without JDF

Order processing and print production with JDF