Fujifilm announces major new updates in Graphic System work flow products, XMF Workflow (V6) and XMF Remote (R10)

Dramatic improvements in processing capability due to the world's first incorporation of “Adobe Mercury RIP Architecture”

November 13, 2014

Fujifilm Corporation (President Shigehiro Nakajima) announces the release of Fujifilm Workflow XMF V6 (XMF V6) and the web portal system XMF Remote R10.

As a result of the shift toward shorter runs, product diversification and quick turnarounds, printing companies are under pressure not only to process a greater number of jobs more efficiently, but also to process an increasing number of jobs that require a high level of RIP processing, including projects that use various types of graphic processing to create a finished product with various visual effects and projects that require variable printing as part of one-to-one marketing. A further important issue is the need to improve the level of service provided through smooth communications between departments within the company and also with parties outside the company including clients.

To address these issues, XMF V6 not only includes the Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 (APPE3), it is also the first workflow system in the world to incorporate “Mercury RIP Architecture”, a technology for high speed operation developed by Adobe. As a result, XMF V6 achieves dramatic improvements in file processing times. In addition, XMF Remote R10 is designed for utilization in a wide range of environments through various improvements including complete compatibility with HTML 5.

The most significant characteristic of the Mercury RIP Architecture, incorporated in XMF V6 ahead of the market, is that the system can, during rendering, conduct load balancing by processing each page of a single job simultaneously, which results in higher processing speeds to maximize the utilization of system resources. This in turn results in significant productivity improvements when outputting pages to a digital press or when producing variable output. XMF V6 can also harness the Mercury RIP Architecture to allow “parallel processing of multiple jobs” and achieve a processing capability approximately 10 times greater than previous systems, although the exact ratio depends on the operating environment. In addition, it is also possible to assign different orders of priority to different processes and actively adjust the resource allocation for each respective process. For example, the resource allocation can be adjusted in accordance with orders of priority that have been established in advance, such as assigning first priority to remote proofing and preview displays viewed by clients via XMF Remote.

Efficiently processing multiple jobs allows printing companies to facilitate a more effective utilization of various output devices. Even in the event that the output to a platesetter, proofer or digital printer overlaps, the system can reduce processing “standby time” to a minimum ensuring that each output device is put to efficient use. Furthermore, as a single XMF unit is capable of executing the volume of RIP processing equivalent to five platesetters (eg. Luxel T-9800, 67 plates per hour), not only can the number of RIP devices for each output device be greatly reduced, resulting in easier management and lower costs, but the results of the operation executed by different output devices will always be consistent, resulting in a highly reliable workflow.

Another advance achieved by XMF V6 is that the latest virtualization technology is harnessed to greatly increase redundancy. No matter how fast their processing speed or how superior their functionality, workflow systems cannot be an "effective asset" unless their speed and capability is stable and available at all times. If for example, XMF V6 and XMF Remote R10 are both in use together on two computers and one computer develops a hardware issue, it is possible to use the functioning computer to carry on the job seamlessly from the state existing immediately prior to the occurrence of the problem. This complete backup system provides safe and secure support for nonstop operations.

XMF Remote R10 on the other hand, is equipped with HTML 5 compatibility for all functions used by the client, and even on computers and tablets where the use of Java is not possible for security and other reasons, complete XMF Remote functionality is now available. As it is not necessary to download the Java applet, startup time is also now shorter.

Another new feature is the “Express Job function”, designed for work with new clients and one-off jobs, which allows clients to participate in a job simply by registering their email address but without registering an account. A simple preparatory procedure is all that is required to provide online data submission, proofing and approval services, and as a result, XMF Remote can now be used for a wide range of applications.

Principal characteristics of XMF V6:
  • The incorporation of APPE3 and Mercury RIP Architecture facilitating RIP processing capability that, depending on the operating environment, may be around 2 - 10 times faster in comparison to previous systems
  • Superior redundancy achieved through the latest virtualization technology
  • Various features including preflighting, color management and imposition are all centralized
  • A "job management function" which allows the centralized management of all data for printing and output settings for each job
  • An "ink-saving function" that optimizes the volume of ink used while maintaining transparency effects, overprints and other features (optional)
  • The possibility of linking with MIS using JDF and CSV
Principal characteristics of XMF Remote R10:
  • All client functions are HTML 5 compatible
  • Clients can participate in jobs simply by registering their email address and without registering an account
  • Simple online data submission using drag-and-drop is enabled, and preflight is executed automatically
  • Using XMF, clients can make efficient remote proofing while looking at the actual operation results
  • Compatibility with multi-stage approval flows requiring proofing and approval by a number of different people
  • iPads can be used for proofing, allowing clients to issue instructions for proofing and confirm the changes whenever and wherever they are.

For many years, as a leading company in the field of printing plate materials, Fujifilm has been involved in the worldwide development, production and the sales of a diverse range of printing-related products including CTP plates and PS plates for offset printing, printing chemicals, workflow software, platesetters and inkjet digital printers. XMF is a core system for all of these solutions and Fujifilm intends to further evolve XMF in line with the needs of the market and we encourage you to look out for future developments.