Logo Pure PDF
FUJIFILM Europe GmbH today announces the introduction of a new concept called ‘Pure PDF’ in relation to its XMF cross media workflow. Supported by a new logo, ‘Pure PDF’ serves as further evidence of Fujifilm\'s commitment to the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) and is being introduced to help explain how a workflow such as XMF based solely on the APPE can help meet the challenges of modern hybrid print production environments and deliver significant benefits
During the two years since its launch, XMF has been installed in hundreds of print companies throughout Europe, with nearly all seeing a significant improvement in productivity, as well as a raft of other benefits. This is down to XMF’s ability to natively handle PDFs without file conversion, together with efficiencies gained through XMF’s unique architecture. This is benefiting traditional offset production, but more importantly is helping printers improve productivity through their digital production facilities, where speed and automation is far more critical.
But with many digital presses now supplementing offset litho presses, the need for speed and automation is often at odds with the requirement for a workflow to be able to cope with the complexities of traditional print processes. These challenges are becoming more and more difficult to manage with multiple RIP technologies, hence Fujifilm’s ‘Pure PDF’ approach with XMF.
John Davies, business strategy manager, workflow, FUJIFLM Europe GmbH, explains: “In today’s tough economic climate, printers need to be examining how and where they can make efficiency savings and an investment in a future-proof workflow is a great place to start. Fujifilm’s workflow strategy is built around the PDF and the APPE and we share Adobe’s vision of where it is taking this technology. We were the first company to introduce a workflow based on the APPE and remain the only vendor with a workflow built solely on the APPE. Many other systems still make use of CPSI technology somewhere in the workflow, and the combination of these two technologies is increasingly becoming a disadvantage for print production.
Although Adobe PostScript and the Adobe CPSI RIP were fundamental in establishing mainstream Desktop publishing back in the 1990s, Fujifilm- developed RIP and workflow solutions will no longer be based on CPSI technology. Our flagship XMF cross-media workflow will continue to be developed solely on APPE as we strongly believe that this is the only way to ensure the most efficient true cross-media production today and in the future.
PDF technology will evolve so that more and more production information, including variable data, will be contained within the PDF, putting more pressure on workflows to be able to handle it efficiently. With XMF, we can handle all this data in the most efficient way and by having a ‘Pure PDF’ approach and removing the need for file conversions, we are now seeing real production benefits.”
The benefits of a ‘Pure PDF’ workflow are numerous:
- Much faster PDF file processing when compared to older CPSI technology, with improvements of up to 80% possible
- PDFs are not converted in the workflow. The format they enter the workflow is the same throughout the production process for maximum integrity.
- All of the following PDF processes are carried out in the workflow just prior to output, meaning the PDF remains device independent until the last possible stage of production for maximum flexibility and true cross media production:
- Ripping of images and data
- Ripping of transparency elements
- Colour management
- View PDF files with the same engine (PDF Library) as Adobe Acrobat for consistency between creative and pre-media production stages
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.