CIP4 provides a set of Open Source Tools in order to work with JDF, XJDF and PrintTalk Documents. Combined together the tools allow most aspects of the JDF workflow to be simulated and are ideal for using alongside the specification documents to test and develop JDF applications.

The following a list of the tools currently supported by the CIP4 Committee:

Open Source

The CIP4 tools are open source and maintained by volunteers. If you would like to improve the quality of these tools either by coding, testing or providing translations to new languages, please sign up here.

Tools Quick Start - Using JDF Editor and Bambi 

  • Download, install and open the CIP4 JDF Editor tool
  • Select the File - New menu option (or Ctrl-N)
  • Select JMF option button in the pop up window and accept the default version number.
  • Click Ok. Congratulations you have created a JMF Known Messages query.
  • Select "Source Browser" in the bottom right view to see the JMF file XML data.
  • Download, install and run the CIP4 Bambi device simulator tool.
  • Click the "Start Server" button in Bambi. You now have a controller and various JDF/JMF enabled devices running
  • Highlight the URL in the Bambi UI, copy and paste into a browser window.
  • Scroll the browser window to see information about all of the devices including summary of the number of jobs waiting, running and completed on each device.
  • Copy the URL for the sim001 device.
  • Back in the JDF Editor tool click the "Send JDF/JMF" icon and paste the URL into the pop up window.
  • You will see a confirmation message that the JMF has been sent and the XML Tree view will show a new node containing the response to requesting a list of known messages that are supported by device sim001.