The FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection addresses the process by which print jobs are controlled across an entire workflow. It covers virtually all aspects of the printing business, from ordering, estimating and billing; through scheduling, and data and job management; to creation, prepress, ripping, printing, finishing and fulfilment. It can be used to manage both digital and offset print environments.
Eliot Harper, FXA’s Production Software Solutions manager, says, “Workflow is the way that our most successful customers manage their printing operations, grow their business, and streamline their operations.
“After assessing the numerous workflow solutions offered today, it’s evident that no one vendor can single-handedly develop and support the many components that a modern print production workflow requires. As a solution, Xerox Corporation developed the FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection. Fuji Xerox Australia will support this initiative, and FreeFlow will be a core offering in our production business strategy.”
FreeFlow combines Xerox’s workflow and digital technology solutions with key partners’ products across the areas of business, process and output management, which include Creo, EFI and Adobe.
Harper says, “The FreeFlow Digital Workflow Collection integrates a variety of Xerox workflow solutions including DocuSP, DigiPath and VIPP under the one umbrella while also working in conjunction with our partners’ tools.
“FreeFlow gives our customers more choice and flexibility, allowing them to effectively tailor their digital workflow to suit their needs. Our existing software solutions combined with solutions from our partners provides our customers with the freedom to incorporate the right components to suit each and every workflow.”
FreeFlow supports industry standards XML, JDF, PDF-X, and PPML/VDX. Supported de facto standards include J2EE, Microsoft .NET, UP3I, PDF and Adobe PostScript page description language. FreeFlow also supports multiple additional variable information languages. According to Eliot, while the product is optimised to work with Xerox and its partners’ equipment, machinery featuring JDF compatibility should prove compatible with the network, including compatible offset presses and platesetters.
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