John Davies, Group Product Manager, Workflow, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe explains: “The Fujifilm XMF subscription service is a response to market demand. Many print businesses are unhappy with their current workflow solution, but struggle to justify the significant up-front cost of investing in an entirely new system. By making XMF available on subscription, print businesses get all the benefits of a world-class workflow solution, for an affordable monthly fee. The benefits, particularly to small and medium sized businesses with lower turnovers, will be substantial.”
The concept is an extension to the innovative PLATESENSE programme Fujifilm launched in 2018, in which pre-press equipment can be leased rather than purchased outright, and plate production can be fully managed by Fujifilm for a set monthly fee. For many offset printers, the ability to use XMF on subscription as part of the PLATESENSE programme, could provide a highly cost-effective efficiency boost.
“Fujifilm XMF is one of the most comprehensive workflow platforms for managing integrated production available anywhere,” Davies concludes. “It has been carefully designed to meet the hugely varied production demands of sheet-fed, web and digital printers, and is based on Adobe’s PDF Print Engine. Since its inception, it has led the way in combining the creative depth of Adobe’s Creative Suite applications with efficient and streamlined print production. Our XMF ColorPath and Griffin planning software solutions are already available via subscription, so we see this service as the logical next step. We’re delighted to be bringing the many benefits of XMF Workflow to a much broader audience.”