The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced six new members of the organization: Alexander Demmler Organizations & Systemberatung, Barr Systems, PageFlex division of BitStream Inc, Consolidated Graphics, Cyrious Software and Hybrid Integration.
Alexander Demmler Organizations & Systemberatung is a consultancy with 15 years of experience in rrganization and technology consulting specializing in IT, workflow and organization, and client services. Alexander Demmler also provides in-house training programs customized to client needs. For more information see http://www.ademmler.com.
Barr Systems of Gainesville, Florida is a company specializing in output management software. Its flagship product, Barr EOM (Enterprise Output Manager), is a comprehensive output management product that gives organizations control of what, when, and how they produce and deliver information. It helps organizations lower the rising costs of printing and document delivery, simplify the difficulty of managing output from applications on multiple operating systems, and unify print, email and web distribution. "As we are implementing JDF/JMF support in Barr EOM, both inbound and outbound, we figured it is important to be part of CIP4," said Gabriel Schwartzman, CEO of Barr Systems. For more information see www.barrsystems.com.
The Pageflex division of Bitstream Inc. offers software products that enables companies to easily produce, customize, and manage the production of communications in print, email, and online. Digital, in-plant, direct mail, and commercial printers turn to Pageflex for the VDP, Web-to-print, pURL, and multi-channel campaign management solutions that help them grow their businesses. Thousands of customers around the world rely on Pageflex technology every day to enhance their brands, develop one-to-one conversations with customers and prospects, and streamline their document production processes.
On May 17, 2010, Bitstream announced that it acquired substantially all of the assets of Press-sense Ltd, a long-standing CIP4 member. The iWay product, which provides Business Flow Automation for the print industry(tm), now joins Pageflex Storefront, Pageflex Server, and Pageflex Campaign Manager in the Pageflex product line. This acquisition allows Pageflex to further provide tools to fully automate the creation, ordering, production, and back-office processes for document orders.
Pageflex is excited to join CIP4. Pageflex products have long used JDF and JMF to enable our customers to streamline their production processes and share job information with other production devices, including those from a number of CIP4 members.. For more information see www.pageflex.com.
Consolidated Graphics (NYSE "CGX") is a commercial printing company based in Houston, Texas with plants located in, or near, virtually every major U.S. market plus Toronto, Prague and a presence in Asia. Founded in 1985 by Joe R. Davis, the company has grown to over 70 locations across 26 states and is known as the leader sheetfed, web and digital printing company in North America. "As I become more involved in moving content with information, standards are less optional, and more mandatory," said Cory Sawatzi, Director of Operations Technology at Consolidated Graphics. "There are so many parts to this opportunity; I would like to be able to attack it with my peers." For more information see www.cgx.com.
Founded in 1996, with offices in Ocoee, FL and Baton Rouge, LA, Cyrious Software represents more than 1,800 customers across six continents and 10 languages. Cyrious Estimating and Business Management software provides for complete sign and graphics operations management to include accounting and MIS functions, workflow management, job tracking and more. Cyrious has become active in CIP4's Wide Format Working Group and caters to multiple markets including vehicle wraps, vinyl signs, electric signs, screen printed signs, digital printing, RFID, textile screen printing. For more information see http://www.cyrious.com
Headquartered in Yardley, PA, Hybrid Integration is a software company with a product approach to integration. Their development team can tackle the integration challenges facing the packaging and printing industry today and Hybrid provides solutions for job ticketing and automation, digital printing, and web-to-print applications. Hybrid provides clients vendor-independent solutions based on industry standards, scalable technology for numerous applications and segments, and a low cost of ownership.
"After working in MIS and prepress integration for the last four years using a variety of methods, we made the move to join CIP4 at this time because of the maturity of JDF and its increasingly wide adoption in all segments of the printing industry," said Michael Rottenborn, President and CEO of Hybrid Integration. "Our middleware integration product, JMS(tm), has always been compatible with JDF but we wanted to increase our support for the standard as well as awareness of Hybrid by other CIP4 members and interested customers." From a technical point of view, Rottenborn said that Hybrid is especially interested in the MIS-Prepress ICS as well as the new ICS for large format output. He went on to say that, "We have established partnerships with other CIP4 members already and are very interested in increasing this in the future." For more information see http://www.hybridintegration.com.
For more information on CIP4 or questions about this announcement, please contact CIP4 Executive Director, James Harvey at email@example.com or via telephone at +1-410-451-5040.
The Job Definition Format (JDF) is the industry specification designed to facilitate process automation and the integration of different applications and systems in and around the graphic arts industry. JDF also enables the integration of business management and job planning applications into the production workflow. JDF is based on the W3C's Extensible Markup Language (XML), ensuring maximum interoperability between different platforms and ready interaction with Internet systems. More information is available at http://www.cip4.org/.
CIP4 brings together vendors, consultants, and end-users in the print communications, graphic arts industry, and associated sectors, covering a variety of equipment, software, peripherals, and processes. Members participate in focused working groups to define the Job Definition Format (JDF), PrintTalk, and other standards relevant to process automation; to study user requirements; to test product interoperability; and to develop a range of JDF software development tools. Information on CIP4, including membership details, is available from the organization's website: www.cip4.org. Or contact: Stefan Daun, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, +49 6151 155 575, firstname.lastname@example.org. All content and ideas submitted to the CIP4 user groups and intellectual property rights subsisting therein shall become the exclusive property of CIP4.