By Jon Robinson
The European arm of Fujifilm made the new XMF Remote application commercially available, while North America will see the Web portal and soft-proofing module come online in mid-September at PRINT 09 in Chicago. XMF Remote, as a piece of the XMF workflow, allows printing 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.
Significant features, according to the company, include the ability to customize the portal with client branding, while users can upload their production jobs as single or multiple files. Preflighting commences when 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.
Annotation tools are provided in the web portal window. Multiple reviewers can comment on jobs and see comments by others, 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.