View Full Version : Installing Latest CWS on Fiery Server Now Updates Fiery JDF Feature Set!

04-04-2013, 07:30 AM
JDF integration is one of the most exciting, rapidly changing aspects of the printing industry right now. Every week we see more customers leveraging the benefits of integration to increase their workflow productivity and we receive requests from them to add new FJDF (the Fiery JDF feature set) functionality for Fiery servers.

In response to the need to get new functionality and important fixes to the hundreds of shipping JDF-enabled Fiery server models, we found a way to isolate the FJDF JDF features on Fiery servers into a discrete module which can be easily updated without interacting with the core Fiery application. Starting with the Fiery Utility Package v4.0, running the installer available at http://efi.com/cws5 on a System 9R2 or newer Fiery server automatically updates the FJDF functionality on that Fiery server to the latest available.

Below is a list of Fiery JDF functionality by Fiery Utilities Package release. Note that the FJDF (Fiery JDF feature set) versions numbers apply to the FJDF release number, not any JDF specification version number.

Fiery Release Package v4.1 with FJDF version (released July 2013):

Updated to latest CIP4 libraries to support new JDF 1.4 features, such as KnownSubscription to help JDF-submitting applications improve status information.
* Configurable option to dynamically create JDF to Fiery mapping rule file. This removes the need for Fiery model-specific patches to use the latest Fiery JDF functionality. It also enables the rest of the features in this list.
StepRepeat and NumberUp imposition delivers support for imposing business cards, post cards, etc. Support includes gutters and enabling crop marks.
Enhanced color space support to access the superior color management on Fiery servers.
Fiery insert tab support, including tab text!
Subset Finishing support for stapling, punching, and folding subsets of the job.
Blank slip sheet insertion support for job copy and sets of n job copies for Fiery servers that shipped with this feature available in Job Properties.
JDF control added for Fiery Job Properties stamping.
Support for dynamic HD text and graphics for Fiery servers that shipped with this feature available in Job Properties.
Brings FJDF to the same IDP ICS JDF (http://jdf.fiery.com/?p=20) level CIP4 certified. Fiery servers are the first (and so far only) JDF certified DFE. http://ir.efi.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=711945.

* To enable dynamic rule file creation, change the RuleFile AutoCreate attribute from 0 to 1 in E:\EFI\server\system\configuration.txt and reboot your Fiery server:


Fiery Release Package v4.0.1 with FJDF version (released March 2013):

Dynamic Device Capabilities (DevCap) on by default. The first release was so successful that the configuration is now shipped with dynamic DevCap generation on.
Last Calibrated time is available via JMF to JDF-submitting applications so they can choose to submit jobs only to calibrated systems or instruct operators to calibrate.

Fiery Utilities Package v4.0 release with FJDF version (released October 2012):

Dynamic JDF Device Capabilities (DevCap) generation and reporting (off by default) enables 3rd party pre-press applications like Agfa Apogee to populate their UI with available finishing controls. Applications like EFI Digital StoreFront also use the new DevCap to automatically map DSF job attributes to Fiery job attributes and to inform operators when they try to send a job to a device that does not have the capability to perform all of the job settings (e.g., sending a stapled job to a device with no in-line stapling).
JMF QueueStatus support provides JMF access to the list of jobs in the queue and their basic status. This response enables JDF-submitting applications to monitor queues and query the detailed status of individual jobs as well as send some queue management commands for them, such as pause, resume, abort and delete (resubmit and update are in the backlog for a future release).
Toner level reporting allows upstream applications in a JDF integrated shop to show this device status, reducing the need for operators to use multiple user interfaces.
Sample and reprint tracking captures information for both the first run as well as any consecutive runs. This is particularly helpful in workflows where operators change the number of copies to one, print a single copy as a proof then change the quantity back to the original amount to print the full production run. The Fiery server now captures and sends the information on any additional runs with an additional ReturnQueueEntry back to the JDF-submitting application.
Job preset support via JDF KnownFeatures (the same mechanism we have been using for Virtual Printers) allows JDF access to job presets as well as Virtual Printers; this enables customers to specify Fiery controls not in the JDF spec by setting up fewer job presets. Previously this level of specification was possible only with a large number of Virtual Printers.
Fiery System 10 and FS100 Pro functionality added to System 9R2 Fiery servers:

Dynamic DevCap.
Improved JMF signaling makes job and device status more usable in an integrated workflow.
RunList editing allows operators to specify content files if they are missing or the Fiery cannot access a referenced network share or even do late stage editing.
View "Paper" Job Ticket allows CWS operators to view the "paper" job ticket from the CWS JDF Settings dialog and compare the Fiery Job Property settings side by side.
JMF QueueStatus support.
Toner level reporting.
Detailed job information including scheduling, job info, job header (ID's), MIS details & customer info in the JDF Settings Job Info tab reduces the need for Fiery operators to look up and cross-reference information in another system, such as an MIS.
User authentication tracking for MIS users.