Serendipity Blackmagic version 3
A family of digital proofing systems that virtually eliminate film production for proofing purposes, making high quality proofing for CTP systems possible. Serendipity Blackmagic makes proofs from ripped files. Place Blackmagic on your network and instantly create contract quality proofs from any RIP on any printer with no changes to your workflow.
Serendipity Blackmagic version 3 includes completely new features as well as improvements on old features. The features which created the most excitement at recent trade shows are described below. Click on the feature thumbnail images to see a full resolution JPEG screen capture related to that feature.
Serendipity Blackmagic PRO
Combines all the features of the Lite and Bureau versions into one product.
Serendipity Blackmagic Bureau
Postscript Level 3 RIP that supports both composite and separated files with unlimited spot colours. Apply colour replacement and generate Digital Blue Line proofs from separated PS files. Can act as the receiving end in Serendipity Blackmagic remote configurations.
Serendipity Blackmagic Lite
Make contract quality proofs from hi-res bitmap data. Most imagesetter and platesetter rips supported. Use the "Real Dot Technology" feature to output proofs with the original halftone screen.
Serendipity Blackmagic 4UP
Same as the Lite version with the exception of output size being limited to 24x28
Serendipity Blackmagic 2UP
Same as the Lite version with the exception of output size being limited to 13x19
Easy to Use
The new Serendipity Blackmagic interface is designed for easy and
intuitive use. You can submit and control your jobs with a minimum
of clicks. Customising the interface to your requirements is quick
and straightforward and will let you check job status at a glance.
Monitor and manage your jobs through each stage of the process
from submission to final output. Hold, modify, preview and release
Intermediate File Format
Job processing has been split into spooling, imaging, rendering and
printing. This means that the job can be printed again with different
output qualities such as colour management, sizing, orientation
and various effects. There is no need to waste time spooling and
Direct Drive of Output Devices
Serendipity are leading developers for Epson, HP, Roland and Canon
and as such can directly drive most inkjet devices. Serendipity
Blackmagic has the ability to drive multiple proofers simultaneously
from the same or different manufacturers. You can also swap jobs
between them or pool to the next available device.
Real Dot Technology (RDT)
Real Dot Technology was pioneered by Serendipity. RDT ensures
that the dot structure on a proof is preserved from its 1 bit
screened RIP data. The same screen ruling and angles are shown
on the proof and the press.
Serendipity Blackmagic has the ability to share the jobs between
multiple computers. Machines are rated in their performance with
the fastest machine having priority. Jobs are passed to slaves
from the master for processing, completed and passed back. In a
demanding prepress environment significant time savings can be
achieved with a clustering solution.
Serendipity Blackmagic is easy to calibrate and easy to maintain.
By creating a Paper Profile you can match ink and paper types
much more closely than previously possible. Linearising the printer
using a connected densitometer places the output device into
a known state and then applying ICC profiles achieves accurate
colour matching. If the printer drifts then you simply need to
relinearise and you are back in calibration.
This is a new high resolution soft proofing utility that shows all
associated plates of a job at the full imaged resolution. The plates
can be turned on, off or swapped for other colours. For example
a Blue Line soft proof can be done on screen showing traps and
bleeds saving time and money. Colour percentage values of the job
are shown for each channel.
With the Virtual Press you can change or drop plates from a job as
needed. Plates can be edited or combined, such as adding a knife
plate, to form a single job.
Serendipity Blackmagic supports unlimited special colours. A colour
library can be created by importing palettes from most desktop
applications or input directly using a spectrophotometer. Jobs with
special plates will be automatically matched ready for processing.
Colours can be set to knockout, overprint, primer or opaque.
The packaging industry often needs to see how colours lay on top
of each other. This is easy with the Colour Key feature. You can
build combinations of plates where combined and separated can
be proofed from a single job submission. And Colour Keys is the
perfect tool for producing progressive proofs.
Nesting (Scatter Proofing)
Any job that gets processed can be held for nesting. In this way
multiple jobs will be grouped efficiently into a single job. This helps
reduce material wastage and saves time.
The system configurations can be archived as needed. Additionally
you can set the system to automatically backup the settings
periodically so that you always have a working copy of a calibrated
system on hand.
Jobs processed locally can be sent to a remote Serendipity
Blackmagic. This enables matching of main site and remote site
output. And you can simply drive the remote site from the main site
interface. If you have any issues to discuss with operators at other
Serendipity Blackmagic sites you can communicate via the new