November 27, 2007, Sydney, Australia - Serendipity Software proudly introduces a new level of "Certified" softproofing technology with significant workflow enhancements asked for by press operators. By placing Serendipity Blackmagic on a network, contract quality softproofs are instantly created from any RIP, with no changes to workflow. With the latest version - Blackmagic V3.5 there are several new capabilities.
Dynamic, Easy-to-Use Touch Screen Navigation
Using 30 inch displays - combined with a dynamic "touch" screen console - jobs are processed at high speed and linked with a publication name, and immediately appear on the touch screen console, with a thumbnail image for easy identification and instant display.
The dynamic touch screen navigator with interactive thumbnails, instantly displays any section of the sheet or web ribbon within a fraction of a second. Pre-programmed tabs provide fast viewing at print size, fit height and fit width and also back-to-back softproofing with precise reverse page viewing with transparency control and paper background simulation,
Calcheck Creator Ensures Consistent Page Viewing
Blackmagic's new Calcheck creator enables printers, agencies and publishers to import and create their own ICC certification "pass / fail" charts from any in- house or industry standard profile. This ensures all parties are viewing the same pages under certified conditions using any free Blackmagic networked client.
Version 3.5 includes a built-in ICC monitor calibrator, with a reminder and instant identification of certified pass / fail conditions - providing tight control over all international and ISO print standards.
Side-by-side reader spreads are displayed from single pages or from any imposed section.
Using a magnifying loupe combined with Serendipity's RDT technology, allows press minders to easily view and scroll over the original single bit tiff image showing the halftone screening. Plates can also be added, removed, re-arranged and viewed in order of choice for different printing conditions.
Exporting CIP3 data is included as standard, along with an ink key viewer, ink weight calculator, varnish plate display, guide rule, auto-cropping, in-built spectrophotometre, annotation notes and the ability to show excess ink.
Multi-tabbed Pages Contain Individual Press Pre- sets
Multi tabbed pages may contain their own press pre- sets with different ink & paper colour, dot gains, number of ink keys, transparency factors and also wet on wet conditions. All display functions use ICC profiles and take place on the fly without need for processing.
According to Mr. Peter Skarpetis, CEO of Serendipity Software, "This is what the printers asked for, so they could check the colour balance of double page ads covering read-over sections. Newspapers are also set to benefit from this new technology, thus ensuring minimal compensation issues".
Server-Based - On All Popular Operating Systems
Blackmagic software is server based and runs on Mac OS X / Windows and Linux with unlimited GUI clients, allowing printers with multiple press lines to take advantage of this technology. Input is from fully imposed CTP single bit tiffs, CT / LW formats or PDF files with spot plates. Colour accuracy, speed of display, automation and simplicity of operation are key features of this new software.
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