Fujifilm is now offering its XMF Workflow software as a subscription service rather than an up-front purchase.
The move is aimed at reducing the up-front cost of a new workflow system, which can be prohibitive for many companies, particularly smaller ones.
Forming part of the company’s Platesense initiative, but also available as a stand-alone subscription, XMF is now accessible to a huge range of new customers who could not have considered it otherwise, according to the company.
John Davies, group product manager, workflow, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe, explained: ‘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 monthlyfee. The benefits, particularly to small and medium sized businesses with lower turnovers, will be substantial.’
The move is an extension of the Platesense program 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.
‘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.’