If you're looking to increase automation in your print business, then you're going to need to familiarize yourself with JDF. To help you get started, we've put together a guide that explains what JDF is and what you’ll need to consider first.

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"Imagine this – the owner of a local restaurant sits down at their computer, logs in to a portal and, after a few adjustments to a template, places an order for 200 takeaway menus. The order then moves seamlessly from web-to-print to an MIS, through pre-flight checks, pre-press, and imposition, and straight to a digital Front End where it’s printed and ready for finishing. The only human intervention throughout all of this is when the press operator adds paper to the drawer.

Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well, the good news is that this is entirely possible, thanks to JDF, and if you’re reading this guide, then you’re probably hoping to achieve automation to this level of degree in your business. To help you start your journey, I’ve put together a checklist of 6 key things that you’ll need to consider before getting started.

But first, I’d like to take a quick look at a popular alternative to JDF – the PDF workflow – and why I don’t believe this to be a viable option if you’re really trying to achieve true integration."

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