JDF Workflow

Smart Automation: Saving time & cost

A JDF workflow allows Pageworks to track a job from initiation through completion. JDF supports a bi-directional workflow, meaning that our MIS, or command center, can talk to our equipment throughout the production process, and the equipment can talk back to us. This process helps us improve efficiency by increasing throughput, reduces costs, facilitates better reporting and analysis, minimizes manual intervention and redundant work, and provides faster and more accurate billing.

The compelling reason for choosing a JDF workflow lies in its ability to provide a common language that is vendor-neutral, which allows for an open system solution, providing greater flexibility when choosing the best products for your workflow. Our JDF integrated workflow, though currently only partially implemented, has the potential to provide significant gains in our effort to reduce costs and production cycle time, as well as increase flexibility to better meet our customer's requirement. We are in a multi-phase process of connecting "islands of automation" together, one at a time, working toward a goal of total process automation that will ultimately result in improved turn-around times.

How we use JDF

Document Creation

A JDF file is introduced to the workflow at the start of the process through professional design software. As the layout is being created and assets collected JDF is added to accompany the Adobe PDF through the printing process.


  • Captures product specifications from Adobe Creative Suite
  • Minimizes change for expensive and time-consuming errors
  • Improves reliability and turn-around time


Before sending the job to prepress, JDF allows clients and managers to verify the content and information on screen, ensuring that what was designed is what Pageworks received. This includes proper assets, layout, and project specifications.


  • Improves communication between Pageworks and clients
  • Enables faster turnaround
  • Ensures production quality and integrity


Submitted files are processed in the workflow management system ensuring they are ready for digital or offset printing. The production workflow leverages JDF and PDF, allowing prepress operators manage a production from one central interface and streamline production.


  • Greater flexibility and control over press utilization
  • Increases automation and efficiency
  • Reduces cost and streamlines prepress activities


Both digital and offset presses use the JDF files to ensure proper job specification, such as imposition, page size, and media types are what the designers expect.


  • Increases production capacity by increasing productivity
  • Automates status and resource management
  • Lowers costs