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Serendipity Blackmagic 3.4 launched

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20 March 2007, Sydney, Australia - Serendipity Software has launched Serendipity Blackmagic V3.4. This new version further enhances the traditional ink jet proofing market with new printer drivers and extended softproofing capabilities that now reaches into the pressroom. Key features include support for multicolour printing processes such as Hexachrome and CYMKRGB, full range colour output capabilities for both the new HP (Z) and Canon IPF multi colour printers, along with an innovative ink key viewer and reader spread display from single pages. "These new softproofing tools open up a whole new way of colour accurate softproofing at the press console for both the sheetfed and web-offset printers," says Peter Skarpetis, CEO of Serendipity Software. "Press operators will now feel more at ease with softproofing, especially with the high degree of colour accuracy that is achieved and the ease and speed at which both front and back sides of the sheet can be flipped." Serendipity Blackmagic V3.4 software takes advantage of specialized printing markets, such as high fidelity printing, with its support for multicolour ICC press profiles. By utilising these ICC profiles and the new generation of 11 colour printers, extremely accurate proofs can be produced for printing processes such as Hexachrome and CMYKRGB. The new direct drivers for the HP and Canon series delivers a greater colour gamut that extends the range of printable spot colours for use with printing processes such as hexachrome and other forms of printing. A new ink limiter has been implemented to control the additional red, green and blue inks when printing with process colours. A new scalable ink key viewer has been added allowing press operators to colour accurately view fully imposed jobs with spot plates. The press operator can easily see the vertical ink key settings for different press configurations. The ink key viewer can also show a progressive proof. Colour accurate reader spread sections can now be automatically displayed from fully imposed ripped files, allowing printers to check the overall colour balance of both the left and right hand pages when spread sections come from the same or different sheets. Newspapers will also greatly benefit from this new feature when critical colour reader spreads need to be displayed side by side, especially when the individual pages come from different cylinder positions on the press. Other new innovations include: ICC monitor & press profiles combined with a variety of pre-set data - High colour accuracy within the softproof is achieved using ICC monitor & press profiles combined with a variety of pre-set data including, scaling, rotation, paper background colour and ReplaceColour sets for correcting ink HUE Errors and individual dot gains. Reverse page viewing - The softproof allows "reverse page viewing" with a transparency/opacity control for 'work and turn' and 'work and tumble' print runs, highlighting the show through effect when printing on different gsm stocks. User defined unsharp masking settings - for both contone and screened data, enhancing the sharpness of inkjet proofs PDF input filter with spot plate support - for creating multi channel single bit tiff separations with user defined screen angles, rulings and dot shapes. The bitmaps are then automatically polled, assigned with their correct colours, then processed using Serendipity's RDT technology to reproduce high quality halftone screening on inkjet devices that closely compares to digital halftone proofers. Multiple imaging and rendering processors can be configured on the same box - for added performance.