Creating JDF job definitions
You can create new JDF job definitions in a variety of ways using the JDF Job Definitions
dialog box. Each resulting JDF file can be edited and used in a production environment.
Commercial printers who routinely print certain types of jobs may find it useful to create
several JDF files that match these job types, and use them as templates. Using a template
may save time and avoid costly mistakes, but may not be appropriate for every job. Before
you construct a new job definition from scratch, review existing job definitions for ones
that achieve results similar to what you want.
To create a new JDF job definition:
1. In the JDF Job Definitions dialog box, click New.
2. Select one of the following:
New creates a blank JDF job definition.
Based On The Document uses the properties of a currently open PDF document, such as
size and number of pages. Select a document from the list on the right, which displays the
names of files currently open in Acrobat.
Based On The Job Definition creates a copy of an existing JDF job definition with all its
properties, including the list of referenced files. Be sure that the page content is changed
before you proceed with the rest of your workflow. If you select this option, a list of
available job definitions for your selection appears to the right, which shows a list of JDF
files present in the JDF Job Definitions dialog box.
3. Specify which version of the JDF Specification your job definition will be compatible
with. The default is 1.2. This option is not available if Based On The Job Definition is
selected in step 2. In this case, the version is the same as the selected job definition.
4. Click Browse to specify the name and location, and then click Save.
5. In the Create New Job Definition dialog box, click one of the following:
Create And Edit to modify the specifications.
Create to create the JDF job definition.