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Black Magic

Color-Calibrated Hard Copy & Soft-Proofing Management System


Seamless Proofing

Creates advertising proofs that match your press.

Cost Effective

Reduces consumable costs while maximizing output.

Streamline Production

Streamlines production flow for faster and more efficient output.

Flexible Tool Set

Offers workflow and file manipulation tools that can integrate into most newspaper workflow systems, including NewsXtreme.

Fire & Forget

Automates proof production.

What can Black Magic do for you?

Sales teams & Black Magic

By obtaining sign-off from major accounts on their hard copy proofs, compensation pay-outs and advertiser charge-backs are reduced. Advertisers see how their ad will print prior to going to press so there aren't any surprises with the color.

High volume proofing operations

Black Magic has the ability to group computers into clusters so jobs can be processed on different machines at the same time. Seeing multiple jobs imaging, three rendering, and a couple printing all at the same time is very impressive. Especially useful for high-volume production and quick turn- around sites, the clustering feature lets you use more than one computer to process jobs. A master machine determines how jobs are distributed across a cluster of networked Black Magic slaves so you never miss your deadlines again.

Remote Proofing Applications

Yes, newspapers can utilize Black Magic News Extra for remote proofing. When hi-res screened bitmaps are sent to remote satellite printing plants, Black Magic automatically sees the files with their naming conventions, stitches the individual plates together, applies color management using industry-compliant ICC profiles, and then outputs a proof. Utilizing the auto-proofing mode, proofs can be scaled and then nested together in multiples without any manual intervention.

Custom ink levels for proofs

Paper profiles can be created online with any one of the supported measuring instruments. Once the paper profiles have been generated, you have the opportunity to set ink limits for your ink and paper combination. Setting the ink limits prior to carrying out the normalization procedure ensures achieving the maximum ink weight possible without saturating the paper with ink.


We wanted [a proofing solution] that was as accurate as we could get with our printing presses. We’re excited about how close we can achieve repeatability from proofer to proofer and maintain low Delta E. Matching the press as close as possible was a major concern and Black Magic has really allowed us to achieve that.

The Wall Street Journal

Black Magic fits into a newspaper workflow so therefore, if you’re using the raster image processors that you normally use, then Black Magic produces a very accurate proof of what your press can do after your process. Using the exact workflow is the closest way of actually producing the best results. It produces a form of preflighting as well.

The Globe and Mail

We can now generate in-house proofs that match those produced on the same systems at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Saks Fifth Avenue

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