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The conference offered approximately 100 participants deep insights into current topics in media production. The focus was on JDF automation solutions in the printing industry and new technologies related to the buzzword "Print 4.0”.

September 12-16 Stuttgart Germany

The 42nd. bi-annual CIP4 Interop is currently taking place in Stuttgart Germany on the dates Sept. 12-16.

This meeting will also be in conjunction with the Hochschule Der Medien Workflow Symposium also in Stuttgart (The Symposium is on Sept. 15.)

We will be finalizing a number of ICS documents, working on the new MIS 2.1 XJDF ICS, as well as our normal days of live, face-to-face Interoperation testing.
More information on the confluence page here (registration required)

XJDF – Building blocks for the “Printing Industry 4.0”


Published August 3, 2022


The Exchange Job Definition Format (XJDF), the JDF successor developed by CIP4, is set to become the future industry standard for automating processes in the printing industry. Its main advantages over JDF: XJDF enables systems from different manufacturers to communicate with each other without restrictions such as proprietary dialects. XJDF describes print products without redundancies and provides only the relevant information in the process sections. XJDF enables end-to-end communication between print buyers and print service providers — in real-time. At the same time, the PrintTalk specification has been raised to the current XJDF level.


The redesign of JDF also represents a paradigm shift in terms of other features, finally overcoming earlier fundamental problems. Regardless of this, JDF will continue to be maintained. But the focus is on a further expansion of the XJDF specification. This includes an already completed JSON mapping.


XJDF 2.0 was released in February 2018. The whitepaper mainly refers to version 2.1 from August 2020. The evolutionary XJDF specification is supported by new Interoperability Conformance Specifications (ICS). In this context, the whitepaper also describes the ICS for automatic print procurement (Cus-APP ICS) and for electronic quality data exchange between print buyers and print service providers (CusQC ICS) and between print shop MIS and production devices (MisQC ICS). Other ICS, not yet mentioned, are planned or already in progress.


Please, feel free to download our whitepaper XJDF - Building blocks for the "Printing Industry 4.0". It
is aimed both at users in print shops and at software and interface developers in the supply industry.

11th Workflow Symposium - November 7, 2019

The printing industry meets in Stuttgart

On November 7, 2019, Hochschule der Medien and CIP4 Organization are hosting the 11h Symposium on XJDF, Industry 4.0 and workflow automation.