[Desktop_printing] FW: How to imbed Job Tickets in PDF

McDonald, Ira imcdonald at sharplabs.com
Thu Jan 26 10:28:35 PST 2006

Hi Uli,

There already _are_ open standard XML-based job tickets:

(a) CIP4 JDF - since 2000 - 
(b) PWG PrintJobTicket - since 2004

The FSG Open Printing Job Ticket API specifies a complete
C-language API (with the C headers and UML diagrams) for
accessing a superset of all the job processing attributes 
that can be submitted in an IPP/1.1 (RFC 2911) print job.
FSG/OP Job Ticket API v1.0 is in the directory:

                                               ^ underscore
in the file:

_please_ don't reinvent the wheel again.

- Ira

Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI  49839
phone: +1-906-494-2434
email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Till Kamppeter [mailto:till.kamppeter at gmx.net]
> Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 5:07 PM
> To: Ulrich Wehner
> Cc: McDonald, Ira; desktop_printing-bounces at lists.osdl.org;
> 'desktop_printing at osdl.org'
> Subject: Re: [Desktop_printing] FW: How to imbed Job Tickets in PDF
> Ulrich Wehner wrote:
> > 
> > Ira,
> > 
> > we are currently adding native PDF printing to the entire 
> product fleet.
> > PDF direct printing as well as TIFF direct printing are a 
> huge requirement.
> > 
> > i have seen several different (proprietary) standards for 
> job tickets.
> > Taking 'legacy' job tickets and turning them into something 
> 'open' and
> > at the same time adding support for extensive finishing capabilites
> > would be  an interesting topic.
> > 
> Do these native PDF printers have a documented standard 
> protocol to pass
> the option settings into the printer or does every manufacturer go its
> own way to pass the settings? So that we have a known standard format
> for the job data itself but still need manufacturer-specific 
> drivers to
> add the job ticket to the job? What about PWG standards for 
> job tickets?
> Is there hardware which uses them?
> > Also, embedding meta data for 'printing' to archiving 
> solutions is an
> > interesting topic...
> > 
> What do you mean with "'printing' to archiving solutions"? 
> Job goes into
> a PDF file on an external archiving file server?
>    Till

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