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Serendipity Blackmagic 7.0 announced

 

SYDNEY, Australia - March 14, 2016 - Serendipity Software today announced version 7.0 of Blackmagic, a maintenance release which adds support for new printer models and includes numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

 

"Blackmagic version 7.0 adds support for v7 security dongles. These driverless dongles will make installation of the software even easier" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer. V7 dongles speed up server startup times. Existing dongles are still supported and able to be updated as required.

 

Blackmagic version 7.0 improves the colour management of the Linux version. It can now configure and use operating system wide ICC profiles using 'colord'. Generated monitor ICC profiles now include a video card gamma LUT for improved colour fidelity.

 

Blackmagic version 7.0 adds support for the new SureColor range of solvent printers from Epson, namely the Epson SC-S40600 / SC-S40610 / SC-S40650 / SC-S40670 / SC-S40680, Epson SC-S60600 / SC-S60610 / SC-S60650 / SC-S60670 / SC-S60680 and Epson SC-S80600 / SC-S80610 / SC-S80650 / SC-S80670 / SC-S80680.

 

Blackmagic version 7.0 adds support for Epson SC-P20000 / SC-P10000 printers.

 

Blackmagic version 7.0 adds support for Teckwin TS 2513L grand format printers.

 

Blackmagic version 7.0 includes a new, highly optimised, random number generator which further reduces patterns appearing in screening and CMS dither tasks, in addition to improving the performance of tasks which rely on random numbers.

 

Blackmagic version 7.0 improves on the scheduling of periodic tasks to further reduce the latency of processes such as RIP and Bookfilter polling.

 

Blackmagic version 7.0 adds fine-grained control of the amount of dark ink used for printer ink channels with light inks, producing higher quality colour output on printers with special ink separation requirements.

 

 

For more information on the new features and enhancements in Serendipity Blackmagic 7.0 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 6.0 announced

 

SYDNEY, Australia - June 12, 2015 - Serendipity Software today announced version 6.0 of Blackmagic, a major update to the software that includes many new features and enhancements to benefit new and existing customers alike.

 

"Blackmagic version 6.0 adds Jobtickets, streamlining workflows for customers with many different output devices" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer. Jobtickets can be shared between different devices and changed on-the-fly, increasing the flexibility and adaptability of the Blackmagic workflow.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 has increased processing performance when imaging and rendering files, improved utilisation of hyper-threaded CPUs, and reduced memory and resource requirements to process jobs.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 introduces real-time zooming to the SoftProof application. Imaged and rendered previews are generated with a pre-calculated pyramid of images, at power of 2 intervals, resulting in faster, more responsive zooming when proofing on-screen.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 adds functionality for monitoring the status of supported printers. Current status, ink levels, warnings and errors can be checked at a glance without the need to access the printer itself.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 SoftProof can now merge spot colours directly in RGB. This significantly expands the gamut available to spot colours, increasing the accuracy of their on-screen representation.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 features operating system integration, improving workflow efficiency by allowing users to submit or preview jobs directly from the OS file manager.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 includes a redesigned Studio application which puts most functions a mouse click away. Tiling, guides and on-screen preview have also been improved.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 further enhances and simplifies system security by allowing users to belong to multiple groups. This gives the system administrator fine-grained control over feature, application, job and database access for each user.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 adds complete Client and Server backup and restore functions, providing quick recovery from failures, making it easy to move the software to new hardware, or to standardise the Client layout for multiple users.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 introduces the Media Catalogue application. Users can now leverage online setups already created by Serendipity Software and our distribution partners to reduce the installation time for new devices.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 now reads the orientation data in photo files, taking the guess work out of printing smartphone and tablet photos by always rendering them the right way up.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 supports M0, M1 and M2 spectrophotometer measurement modes, further ensuring its ability to adhere to international colour standards.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 now supports BigTIFF files, allowing it to handle and output files larger than 4GB.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 includes additional compression modes, further reducing the file sizes of imaging files.

 

Blackmagic version 6.0 supports proof view templates in the IFRA Track Bookfilter driver. This allows broadsheet spreads defined in the planning files to be imposed on-the-fly and displayed automatically in SoftProof.

 

 

For more information on the new features and enhancements in Serendipity Blackmagic 6.0 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.03 announced

New Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.03
7th August, 2014 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software announces Blackmagic version 5.4.03

 

 

"Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds support for creating Adobe Photoshop PSD files which further improves interoperability with third party systems" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 speeds up processing of PDF files.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 includes better compression which further reduces the file sizes of print files.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 introduces more intelligent clustering and better handling of cluster nodes going offline.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds support for Mimaki CJV30 printers.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds a driver for Epson SC-F2000/SC-F2080 T-shirt printers.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds support for Epson SC-T3200/SC-T5200/SC-T7200 SC-T3250/SC-T5250/SC-T7250 printers.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds support for multi-channel TIFF files to the SoftProof application.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds guides to the Studio application.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 now includes an Adobe Photoshop PSD output driver, allowing the software to operate with grand format printers including models with device spot colours.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds support for the EIZO CG277 and EIZO CG247 range of monitors.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 now supports the iPad 3, iPad 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPad Air when using the AirDisplay and iDisplay apps to host the Touch Console application.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 adds support for the Goss Omnicon press interface.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.03 improves the IFRA Track Bookfilter and includes support for tracking multiple editions.

 

 

 

For more information on the new features and enhancements in Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.03 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.02 announced

New Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.02
17th December, 2013 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software announces Blackmagic version 5.4.02

 

 

"Blackmagic version 5.4.02 adds to its functionality to further improve support for garment and t-shirt printing" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.02 introduces the "ThruBlack" render effect which simplifies printing on Black t-shirts while minimising ink usage.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.02 improves on its "Total Printer Control" functionality by including a user configurable NColour mode, which allows better support for printers with custom ink sets.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.02 is now compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.02 adds visual cues to the Studio application which warn the user when boxes overlap or are placed off the page.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.02 adds support for the EAE Softproof interface.

 

 

 

For more information on the new features and enhancements in Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.02 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.01 announced

New Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.01
23rd September, 2013 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software announces Blackmagic version 5.4.01

 

 

"Blackmagic version 5.4.01 further enhances compatibility with Mac OS X Mountain Lion by including signed installer packages. This allows the software to be installed using Mountain Lion's default security settings, negating the need to loosen them and thus enhancing overall system security," said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 includes enhancements to the "Windows Installed Printer" output driver that further enhances interoperability with devices for which we offer no native printer drivers. We can now take advantage of multiple rolls and paper sizes, including automatic paper size selection, on devices like the Epson SureLab SL-D3000.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 introduces support for the HP Scitex FB10000 printer which expands our offering of supported printers in the grand format arena.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 further reduces rendering times allowing more jobs to be handled without the need to upgrade any hardware.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 offers increased speed of spot colour processing, allowing handling of jobs with hundreds of spot colours.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 improves the zooming performance of the SoftProof application.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 offers better and faster Just Normlicht light booth calibration, especially for brightness levels below 5%.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 adds user configurable light ink separation curves allowing fine tuning of the amount of light and dark inks that are used, which can lead to smoother/finer looking output on low resolution devices.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4.01 adds support for FUJIFILM Workflow XMF version 5.5.

 

 

 

For more information on the new features and enhancements in Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4.01 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4 announced

New Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4
5th June, 2013 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software announces Blackmagic version 5.4

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 introduces a new architecture which speeds up processing, minimises memory usage and reduces Server and Client latency. "We can now handle thousands of jobs with ease and no slowdown," said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 speeds up processing and improves colour fidelity for devices that include inks other than CMYK, by adding a CMYK+N-colour colourspace.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 introduces hybrid screening to further enhance print quality for screenprinting users. A different screening method and dotshape can now be chosen for each plate.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 leverages new compression technologies to further speed up the generation of Serendipity Blackmagic Image and intermediate files while simultaneously reducing file sizes.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 introduces support for multi-page PDF and TIFF assets, greatly enhancing the functionality of the Studio application.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 improves the internal Archives application by significantly reducing the file size of generated archives and backups.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 adds support for X-Rite CxF colour interchange file format, providing  greater compatibility with third party colour management solutions.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 automatically generates swatchbooks of spotcolour libraries and introduces dotgain curve support for printer spot colours such as white and metallic, further improving colour accuracy for packaging applications.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 improves on-press softproofing by enhancing touchscreen control and navigation interface. Extra FlipBook and Ink Key control functions have been added, while a new virtual keyboard feature allows job, publication and book searching via the Touch Console.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 offers even tighter integration with press consoles and on-press softproofing by leveraging the Serendipity Bookfilter technology. Improvements under the hood speed up synchronisation between press consoles and softproofing, leading to near instant mirroring of the press console jobs.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 adds a Bookfilter to support applications, books and publications that follow the IFRA Track standard.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 adds section support to softproofing to better mirror the way newspapers and magazines are laid out.

 

Blackmagic version 5.4 adds support for secondary press configuration which allows press operators to quickly switch between press settings for outer cover and inner pages.

 

 

For more information on the new features and enhancements in Serendipity Blackmagic 5.4 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 5.3.03 announced

New Serendipity Blackmagic 5.3.03
19th September, 2012 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software announces Blackmagic version 5.3.03

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 5.3.03.

 

"Blackmagic version 5.3.03 is now fully compatible with the Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Version 5.3.03 further enhances the overall performance and stability of the Blackmagic software.

 

 

For more information on the new features and fixes in Serendipity Blackmagic 5.3.03 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 5.3.02 announced

New Serendipity Blackmagic 5.3.02
29th June, 2012 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software announces Blackmagic version 5.3.02

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 5.3.02.

 

"Blackmagic version 5.3.02 introduces Print and Match Colour, a way for users to quickly achieve a visual match of spot colours on any printer" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 further enhances the built-in software updater by allowing users to download and install patches manually.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 improves proof verification for users of printers with built-in spectrophotometers, by automatically printing a verification label after measurement.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 improves tiling by automatically adding alignment and crop marks to each tile.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 includes new instrument plugins for basICColor DISCUS, ColorVision Spyder 4, X-Rite i1Display 3 and X-Rite i1 Pro 2.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 includes new printer drivers for the Epson SC-S30600 and HP Designjet L25500 series of printers.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 improves compatibility with AMD processors, as well as Windows XP Service Pack 3.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 enables tighter softproofing integration with Agfa Arkitex systems.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 improves softproofing of magazines and books by refining settings related to double sided documents, especially with "work and turn" or "work and tumble" workflows.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 enhances on-press softproofing by allowing operators to use the touchscreen for calibration and monitor verification, further negating the need for a keyboard and mouse on the press.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 improves the speed of monitor calibration and verification.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 enhances softproofing functionality for packaging users by automatically including spot colours from the current job in the monitor verification process.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3.02 enhances the softproofing workflow for newspapers by automatically hiding old and expired versions.

 

 

For more information on the new features and fixes in Serendipity Blackmagic 5.3.02 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Software updates Blackmagic to version 5.3

 

SYDNEY, Australia - December 15, 2011 - Serendipity Software today announced version 5.3 of Blackmagic, a major update to the software that includes many new features and enhancements.

 

"Blackmagic version 5.3 improves on the speed and responsiveness of the software by further leveraging modern multicore processors," said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer. 

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 includes a built-in software updater that ensures all enhancements and fixes are automatically downloaded and installed.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 introduces a new, easy to use Jobs application, used to monitor and control the software.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 improves the Studio application by adding plugins that quickly produce prints to be mounted on canvas stretchers. The addition of newly designed, more compact cropmarks further reduce media wastage.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 improves on multicolour proofing by introducing spot colours using more than 4 process colours. Ink names are automatically extracted from the source ICC profile, further streamlining the multicolour proofing workflow.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 makes improvements to softproofing by adding RGB proofing functions, a more user-friendly interface and a new borderless fullscreen mode. "The screen now looks just like paper," said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 adds support for calibrating Just light booths and EIZO monitors, including models with built-in Spectrophotometers.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 adds support for Agfa Arkitex systems by way of new Bookfilters that easily extract publication and edition information from these workflows.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 includes an improved monitor calibrator that adjusts gamma, whitepoint and brightness automatically for supported devices, further enhancing the colour accuracy of softproofing.

 

Blackmagic version 5.3 includes support for Bonjour/Zeroconf, which provide enhanced integration with Apple systems and printers.

 

 

For more information on the new features of Serendipity Blackmagic 5.3 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

 

Serendipity Software adds iPad support to Blackmagic and Megarip version 5.2

 

 

SYDNEY, Australia - February 28, 2011 - Serendipity Software today announced support for AirPrint in version 5.2 of Blackmagic and Megarip.

 

"Serendipity's AirPrint support means you can print to any device supported by Blackmagic or Megarip, right from your iPad" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

"There's no software or drivers to install - with Serendipity's AirPrint support, simply select the device from the printer list, dial in the number of copies and watch it go."

 

"Serendipity's AirPrint support allows the iOS Photos app to print directly to all versions of Megarip and Blackmagic. PDF enabled versions support printing from all AirPrint capable apps."

 

Customers should run the Serendipity Updater to automatically add AirPrint support to version 5.2 Blackmagic and Megarip. AirPrint was added in Apple's iOS 4.2 and allows printing from iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

 

 

Serendipity Software designs software for proofing, photographic and fine art reproduction. Through high quality R&D and flexibility, the company targets niche markets and produces a constant stream of product innovations. Invented by Serendipity in 1996, RDT (Real Dot Technology) made Blackmagic the first software capable of delivering proofs containing exactly the same dot structure as source imagesetter/platesetter RIP files.

 

Serendipity Software updates Blackmagic to version 5.2

 

SYDNEY, Australia - December 17, 2010 - Serendipity Software today announced version 5.2 of Blackmagic, a major update to the software that includes many new features and enhancements.

 

"Blackmagic version 5.2 improves on the print quality and colour accuracy of previous versions by using a sophisticated new print model that expands the useable gamut of the printer while reducing ink usage," said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.2 introduces 64 bit native versions for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The 64 bit platform offers a 5 to 10 percent boost to processing speed and allows the software to address up to 256TB of virtual memory.

 

Blackmagic version 5.2 further improves the Studio visual nesting and layout application. A new auto arrange function borrows from the complex genetic algorithms currently used for nesting, allowing users to see precisely how jobs will be placed for printing. A step-and-repeat feature provides a fast and effective way to output large batches of images.

 

Blackmagic version 5.2 introduces new printer drivers for the latest offerings from Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard.

 

Blackmagic version 5.2 brings 16 bit processing to softproofing. 16 bit processing can represent 257 times more colours than the 8 bit mode, increasing colour accuracy and producing smoother on screen gradients.

 

Blackmagic version 5.2 introduces CMS dithering technology that reproduces 16 bit render quality on 8 bit devices including monitors and printers. Dithering can greatly reduce or eliminate the banding caused by the limited colour resolution of 8 bit devices.
"Current operating systems predominantly address monitors using 8 bits. Dithering brings super smooth rendering to softproofing" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 5.2 enhances the system's ability to meet the most exacting colour standards, adding a detailed reporting function to the Calcheck colour verification module and an updated label listing multiple Δ's.

 

For more information on the new features of Serendipity Blackmagic 5.2 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Software updates Blackmagic to version 5.1


SYDNEY, Australia - June 25, 2010 - Serendipity Software today announced version 5.1 of Blackmagic, a major update to the software that includes many new features and enhancements.

 


"Blackmagic version 5.1 introduces support for the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900, providing a low cost, high quality proofing solution for the packaging industry" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer. The white ink in combination with the Clear and Metallic Films creates proofs on the same materials used in the final products.


Blackmagic version 5.1 adds support for Grand Format Printers including the Durst Rho, VUTEk 5330 and VUTEk QS2000. Improvements to the Studio application further enhances production for Grand Format workflows.


Blackmagic version 5.1 makes improvements to the client / server protocol to allow the software to easily scale to many clients while maintaining low latency and fast response times. Job to job latency improvements allow more jobs per hour to be processed for high volume users.


Blackmagic version 5.1 includes automatic printer cleaning and colour verification to further improve the stablity and accuracy of prints.


For more information on the new features of Serendipity Blackmagic 5.1 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Software releases Studio for Blackmagic and Megarip


SYDNEY, Australia - November 16, 2009 - Serendipity Software today announced Studio, a new module for Blackmagic and Megarip that adds layout and tiling features to both packages.

"Studio allows users to layout and tile jobs using a visual interface and resolution independent, non destructive processing" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

Jobs, in any of the supported file formats, can be moved, cut, copied, pasted and cropped. They can be placed at native size or into configurable image boxes, re-sized and rotated to fit or fill an area.

Nesting templates or layouts can be quickly assembled for fast output - or precisely planned to best use the space on the paper or make cutting easier. Layouts can be stored in a library for later use.

Studio's multi-drop feature makes life easy for busy professional photographers. Just create a nesting template and drag a photo onto it. The image is instantly duplicated, resized and rotated to fit. Submit to print, then move on to the next photo.

Studio's tiling feature allows users to set the total area of a billboard then automatically create a tile grid based on pre-configured print media dimensions and overlap.

Studio's cloaking feature shades and locks images as they are submitted for printing, allowing new jobs to be placed in the remaining free space without fear of overprinting.

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 4.0.01 announced

 

SYDNEY, Australia - November 16, 2009 - Serendipity Software today announced version 4.0.01 of Blackmagic, a maintenance release of the software that includes numerous fixes as well as support for new devices.

 

"By far the most significant addition in this release is the introduction of the Studio module" said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer. Studio allows users to layout and tile jobs using a visual interface and resolution independent, non destructive processing.

This version also introduces support for the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 and 9700 series of printers.

For more information on the new features of Serendipity Blackmagic 4.0.01 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Software updates Blackmagic to version 4.0

 

SYDNEY, Australia - August 3, 2009 - Serendipity Software today announced version 4.0 of Blackmagic, a major update to the software that includes many new features and enhancements.

 

"Blackmagic version 4.0 improves on the print quality and colour accuracy of previous versions by using a new, more sophisticated printer model that expands the useable gamut of the printer," said Peter Skarpetis, Serendipity Software's Chief Executive Officer.

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 introduces a new engine that performs all calculations using 16-bits instead of the usual 8. Using 16-bits provides 257 times the colour depth of regular 8-bit processing during imaging, colour management, screening and rendering. Greater colour depth allows for finer colour control and precise image reproduction.

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 introduces a user management system that allows system administrators to control users access to the software. Each user is assigned a group, granting access to particular applications and functions within Blackmagic. Users are able to receive notifications, via email, of events such as job processing failures, server crashes, dongle removal or media levels.

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 introduces a new item called Media. Media is self contained and includes all settings required to produce colour accurate proofs on that media, when loaded into the printer. It keeps track of how much paper is left on the roll, or how many cut sheets are left in the printer. It also tracks the calibration status of the printer when using the media.

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 improves on the print quality and colour accuracy of previous versions. Linearisation uses Lab measurements, and the number of steps is user-customisable. By measuring more steps, greater accuracy is obtained in the highlight and shadow areas. New ink limit and light ink algorithms expand the usable gamut of the printer, greatly enhancing colour accuracy. Per channel dot gain curves ensure printing standards such as ISO 12647-2 are easily met when proofing from ripped files.

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 includes an ink usage tool that calculates, accurately, ink consumption for whole magazines, newspapers and publications. The results can be exported to PDF, allowing plant managers to ensure that each job is being charged appropriately.

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 removes the length limit that was imposed in the 2UP and 4UP versions. The 2UP version now prints up to 330.2mm wide, while the 4UP version can print up to 614mm wide. Both versions can print up to the length of the roll.

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 includes support for on-board printer Spectrophotometers, allowing for unattended linearisation and colour verification.

 

For more information on the new features of Serendipity Blackmagic 4.0 see the release notes: HTML

 

Pricing & Availability

 

Blackmagic version 4.0 will be available worldwide starting on August 3, 2009.

Blackmagic comes in many flavours including Pro, Lite, Bureau, 4UP and 2UP.

 

For more information about US and International pricing and availability, visit the Find a Distributor section of the website.

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.5.09 announced

For Immediate Release
New Serendipity Blackmagic 3.5.09
2nd of October 2008, Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software announces Blackmagic version 3.5.09

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.5.09. This is a maintenance release for users of 3.5.04 and includes new drivers for printers and spectrophotometers.

 

Highlights of this version include:

  • Support for Epson Stylus Pro 7900/9900 and GS6000 printers

  • Support for the i1 iSis by X-rite

  • Touch Console enhancements

 

For more information on the new features and fixes in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.5.09 see the release notes: HTML

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.5.04 announced

For Immediate Release
New Serendipity Blackmagic 3.5.04
13th of May 2008, Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.5.04. This is a maintenance release for users of 3.5 however it includes some enhancements to existing features.

 

Highlights of this version include:

  • Support for Canon ipf500/600/700 printers

  • Calcheck patches can now be created in CMYK as well as Lab

  • Linearisations can be reverted to a previous item from the history list

  • Touch console is now resolution independent

  • Adobe Illustrator CS3 separated postscript is now supported

  • Faster Scitex Brisque polling

  • Improved Vista 64 support

 

For more information on the new features and fixes in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.5.04 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.4 announced

For Immediate Release
New Serendipity Blackmagic 3.4
4th of April 2007 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.4. This is a major update and includes many enhancements.

 

Highlights of this version include:

  • Softproof has an Ink key viewer which allows rapid press setup without having to export a CIP3 / CIP4 file.

  • Softproof can now automatically show reader spreads from single pages.

  • Softproof now allows users to attach notes to specific sections of the proof for others to see.

  • Softproof has user configurable press presets to allow rapid switching between colour setups to simulate different presses and stocks.

  • Support for multicolour press icc profiles which allows accurate proofing of processes such as hexachrome or heptachrome printing.

  • Support for Canon iPF5000, iPF8000, iPF9000 printers including RGB ink support.

  • Support for Epson 3800 printers.

  • Support for HP Z2100, Z3100 printers including RGB ink support.

  • User configurable light ink separator for smoother vignettes and photos.

  • Support for FUJIFILM Workflow XMF.

  • Improved PDF processing speed.

 

For more information on the new features in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.4 see the release notes: HTML

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.3 announced

For Immediate Release
New Serendipity Blackmagic 3.3
12th of September 2006 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.3. This is a major update and includes many enhancements.

 

Highlights of this version include:

 

  • SoftProof now has tabs to aid viewing multiple documents at once. Support has also been added for viewing imposed jobs with different work flows such as work and turn, work and tumble, etc.

  • Multiple jobs can be processed silmulatneously to better utilise multi-core CPUS

  • Multi-colour ICC support

  • Faster and more efficient nesting algorithms

  • User customisablie grouping of pagesetups and other settings

  • PDF export retaining spot colours

  • Enhanced virtual loupe

  • Full unicode support for filenames

  • More efficient clustering

For more information on the new features in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.3 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.2.01 announced

For Immediate Release

 

Serendipity Software announce Mac Intel Core support

 

Sydney, Australia - 28th April 2006 - Serendipity Software are pleased to announce the latest release of their flagship product Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.2.01. The highlight of this release is the support for the Mac Intel Core Duo platform which runs as a true Universal Application. This utilises the full potential of the new Dual Core machines by running natively on the new Macs. Speed gains are already being seen with current release of Intel Core machines and Serendipity Blackmagic is ready for the next generation of Apple desktop boxes which will take proofing performance to the next level.

 

The SoftProof Tool has further been enhanced with several new features to aid viewing and de-imposing of the impositions. At the recent international Ipex show in Birmingham, England, it was used to demonstrate Press Ready Proofing allowing the press operator to view the full page prior to the print run. Features such as reverse page viewing allows the back page to be viewed through the top page for inking and alignment checks. Signatures can be over laid on the screen, edited for positional check and submitted for de-imposing direct from the SoftProof application.

 

For more information on the new features in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.2.01 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.2 announced

For Immediate Release
New Serendipity Blackmagic 3.2
19th of December 2005 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.2. This is a major update and includes many enhancements.

 

Highlights of this version include:

 

  • ICC version 4 support

  • ICC device link profile support

  • Signature decorations render effect

  • Signature overlaying in softproof

  • Back page viewing in sofproof

  • Intensity support for spot colours

  • Halftone angles can be specified for up to 8 special colours

  • User configurable slugline

  • Better pdf compatibility especially with spot colour overprint and JPEG 2000 images

 

For more information on the new features in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.2 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.1 announced

For Immediate Release
New Serendipity Blackmagic 3.1
12th of August 2005 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.1. This is a major update and includes many enhancements.

 

Highlights of this version include:

 

  • Re-designed signature editor that can handle mixed signatures

  • Virtual viewing of magazines and books using the Flipbook

  • Improved duplexing and de-imposing

  • Built-in monitor calibration software

  • Virtual loupe and cropping support in the Softproof app

  • Support for the Epson 4800/9800 series of printers

 

For more information on the new features in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.1 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic 3.0.01 announced

For Immediate Release
New Serendipity Blackmagic 3.0.01
6th of December 2004 Sydney Australia

 

Serendipity Software Pty Ltd, the leader in digital proofing software for the pre-press and packaging industry, today announced Serendipity Blackmagic version 3.0.01. This is mainly a maintenance release for version 3.0 users with a couple of enhancements thrown in.

 

Highlights of this version include:

 

  • Improved clustering

  • Faster server startup

  • Import of JDF signatures

  • Improved processing speed especially for colour keys and de-imposition

  • Create fully duplexed print dummies in pdf and html

  • Support for Fuji Celebra 6.0

  • Hewlett Packard 4000 printer driver

  • Support for X-rite series 500 Spectrophotometers

  • Selective autoproofing

  • Improved softproof including paper background simulation and measure tool

  • Easier configuration of user interface including duplication of tabs and manual sizing of items


For more information on the new features in Serendipity Blackmagic 3.0.01 see the release notes: HTML

 

 

Serendipity Blackmagic V3 Showcasing at DRUPA 2004

For Immediate Release
Sydney, Australia 14th April 2004

 

Serendipity today announced that they will be showing version 3 of their Digital Proofing product Serendipity Blackmagic at Drupa 2004. This new version brings a number of innovations that will benefit new and existing customers alike.

 

There is a completely new look interface making it intuitive and easy to use with many enhancements to the current release. But it is under the hood that the biggest changes have taken place. For instance, Version 3 has the ability to share the task of processing a job across different computers.

 

Business Development Manager Pete Carnell said, "Seeing 5 jobs imaging, 3 rendering and a couple printing all at the same time is very impressive." Job processing has also been optimised to allow for jobs to be reprinted with proof changes without the need to submit the job from the RIP again.

 

Other improvements include added support for special colours allowing opaque inks to be represented on an inkjet proof and a high resolution soft proof which shows all plates associated with the job. Plates can be turned on or off or colours changed on the fly which should appeal to packaging printers. The built-in archiving tool can save settings when desired and also periodically backup the configurations so a working copy of a calibrated system is always available.