FUJIFILM Europe today announces the commercial availability of XMF Remote, a comprehensive web portal and soft-proofing module to complement the company’s XMF cross-media workflow.
XMF Remote allows a printer to offer additional online services to its clients. These include the ability for clients to preflight and submit jobs online and, once in production, to review, annotate and approve jobs and receive real-time notification of the job status. XMF Remote also helps printers to improve their operational efficiency, speeding up job hand-off, review, correction and turnaround.
Significant features include online job submission via a web portal, which can be easily customised with the client’s branding, where users can upload their production jobs as single or multiple files. Preflighting commences as soon as the files are received, and the client can view both a detailed preflight report and a production-ready version of the actual job. Any errors listed in the preflight report can then be corrected by the originator and new versions uploaded.
XMF Remote is a print production tool that allows printers’ clients to view the RIPped pages for approval - what clients see online are the pages that have actually been RIPped by the Adobe PDF Print Engine within XMF. Annotation tools are provided in the web portal window. Multiple reviewers can comment on jobs and see others’ comments, enabling comparisons of the latest and previous revisions for confirmation of changes, with the option to automate the notification of approval status and set reminders by email. Once a job is approved, XMF Remote can be configured to directly notify prepress operators or to automatically add the job to the appropriate queue for hardcopy proofing or final output.
John Davies, workflow business manager for FUJIFILM Europe, comments: ``XMF Remote allows printers to expand the client services they offer through a simple but extremely powerful tool. More and more, online job submission is high on a printer’s wish list when looking for a new workflow solution as it allows much greater interaction with the customer and can make the whole process much more efficient, saving time and ultimately money. If you can get print-ready jobs coming in, you can get more work through the business.´´
XMF is unique in being built from the ground up around JDF and the Adobe PDF Print Engine. With Fujifilm’s image processing, imposition and intelligent automation technologies built-in, XMF improves the control of quality across multiple print processes, increasing efficiency and productivity, ensuring colour consistency and optimising print production.