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CIP4 Announces Fellowship Award at drupa 2012 Koen Van de Poel Recognized for Significant Contributions to JDF Standard

May 7, 2012 12:00 AM

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Dusseldorf, Germany (May 7, 2012) - The International Cooperation for the Integration of the Processes in Prepress, Press and Postpress (CIP4) organization announced at drupa 2012 the presentation of a CIP4 Fellowship to Koen Van de Poel, Technology Manager at Agfa. As a CIP4 Fellow, Koen has been granted a life-long membership in CIP4. The CIP4 Fellowship Award recognizes individuals whose contributions to the development of the Job Definition Format (JDF) Specification are both substantial and significant to the integrity and function of JDF, as well as individuals who may have contributed to the industry's adoption of JDF by educating manufacturers of JDF systems and JDF users, and/or by actively disseminating information about JDF. The CIP4 Fellowship award is made at the discretion of the CIP4 Board of Directors with one Fellowship usually awarded each year.

Koen has served as the Chair of the CIP4 Origination and Prepress working group since April 2001. The Origination and Prepress working group is one of CIP4's most active working groups, and includes sub-groups that focus on content creation and layout creation. The Origination and Prepress working group has authored several Interoperability Conformance Specifications or "ICS" (used in JDF Product Certification and by most companies as a development guide), including the first two ICS documents in 2005, which focused on the creation of impositions and the communications between prepress systems and offset presses. The Origination and Prepress working group has worked on key JDF developments over the years, such as how layout and preflight data are managed within JDF.

In addition to his key role with CIP4 as the Chair of the Origination and Prepress working group, Koen is also a member of the Technical Steering Committee, which reviews all changes to the JDF specification to ensure that its architecture remains intact. Koen has also provided valuable input on the CIP4 open source projects such as the JDF SDKs and the JDF Editor. Beyond his technical input, Koen has also helped as an instructor at several CIP4 JDF technical tutorials and authored a significant portion of the JDF Expert Certification training program.

"Koen's input to the JDF specification and schema cannot not be overstated," says Rainer Prosi, CIP4's Technical Officer and Senior Workflow Architect at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG "JDF wouldn't be what it is today without him. Koen is also very approachable and has been a welcoming presence at many interoperability meetings, where new and old member vendors come together to test ideas and software; he is one of a select few people who define CIP4."

Prior to 2000, Koen was responsible for an Agfa Macintosh software development team that worked on software for high-end digital cameras and mid-to-high-end graphic scanners. His work encompassed developing advanced algorithms for image processing and correcting for scanner artifacts and interfacing. This included pioneering early technologies (at that time) such as SCSI, Firewire and USB, and enhancing firmware developed for OEM scanners to improve the image processing software used to verify the quality of scanners in production. Since 2000 Koen has been responsible for the JDF-enabled integration and information exchange between Agfa products and the products of other vendors, such as MIS systems, digital presses and conventional presses.

"We know Koen as relentless in finding a solution to any problem he is tasked with," says Rudi Lamproye, Head of R&D Software at Agfa Graphics. "Once he has an idea or inspiration he follows up with a strong drive and determination, which has also led to the quality and functionality of our JDF-based products."

The Fellowship Award was created by CIP4 in 2004. Previous CIP4 Fellows include Alfred B?rkli retiree of M?ller Martini (2004), Graham Mann formerly of Adobe Systems (2005), Thomas Hastings retiree of Xerox (2006), Martin Bailey of Global Graphics (2007), Doug Belkofer formerly of EFI (2008), Henny van Esch of Optimus (2010), and Margaret Motamed of EFI (2010). Additional information on CIP4 fellows can be found at For more information on CIP4 or questions about this announcement, please contact CIP4 Executive Director, James Harvey at or via telephone at +1-410-451-5040.

About JDF

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. Widely adopted and recognized worldwide as a key industry standard, 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

About CIP4

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 as well as educational resources. Information on CIP4, including membership details, is available from the organization's website: Or contact: either Stefan Daun, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics, +49 6151 155 575, or Jim Harvey, CIP4 Executive Director, +1 410 451 5040,

About Agfa

The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world's leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops, manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa Healthcare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Materials). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 3,023 million euros in 2011. Please visit us at

About Agfa Graphics

Agfa Graphics offers integrated prepress solutions to the printing industry. These solutions comprise consumables, hardware, software and services for production workflow, project and colour management. Agfa Graphics is a worldwide leader with its computer-to-film, computer-to-plate and digital proofing systems for commercial and packaging printing and the newspaper publishing markets. Agfa Graphics is rapidly developing its position in the new segments of industrial inkjet with comprehensive solutions for various applications such as documents, posters, banners, signage, displays, labels and packaging materials. Its experience in both imaging and emulsion technology has provided the expertise required for developing a complete assortment of high-quality inks. Please visit us at