JDF (Job Definition Format) is a standardized data format designed to simplify the exchange of information between different applications and systems in the graphic industry. It was presented in 2000 by Adobe Systems, the Agfa-Gevaert Group, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen and MAN Roland Druckmaschinen. The lack of consistency in the preceding systems, such as the CIP3 Print Production Format (PPF) and the Portable Job Ticket Format (PJTF) developed by Adobe Systems, was remedied and the standardization improved. JDFs are based on XML technologies and enable a consistent job ticket specification in combination with a standardized messaging type and protocol.
JDF was advanced by CIP4 (The International Cooperation for the Integration of Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress Organization), to which – besides LP. – approx. 300 companies and organizations belong worldwide.