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Latest SilverFast Software Release:
8.5.0r4 (April 30th, 2015)


SilverFast 8.5 – New Archive Suite available!



New HDRiRAW Format, new JobManager, new iOS App

With version 8.5, there are some big news*: A new file format, a revised JobManager and the ability to integrate mobile iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod) using our new app. This means: More simple handling with greater safety, productivity and flexibility as basis on which the new developments are built. This is only available with SilverFast. The update is free of charge for SilverFast 8 owners.

The major new features of SilverFast Archive Suite 8.5:
  •   HDRiRAW-Format – The ideal archive format for absolutely reliable safety and flexibility for a "non-destructive workflow". Rather than calculating image optimizations directly into the image data created by the scanner, such information is now stored as meta-data. More …
  •   JobManager – The efficient Batch Processing – After tools for image optimizations have been set, and optionally applied to other images, the JobManager will process all individual images one after another More …
  • button_appstore_en   JobMonitor – A status monitor app that displays scanning progress, image processing and preview images on an iPhone or iPad using Wi-Fi. More …

  • * Note: The update is free of charge for SilverFast 8 owners. The new features are included with SilverFast Ai Studio, HDR (Studio) and Archive Suite.


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Scanner Manufacturers – Supported Devices

Canon


The scanners of Japanese manufacturer Canon are predominantly flatbed scanners, which often also feature transparency units for scanning film material.

Epson


Epson flatbed scanners are suitable for digitizing documents and photographs as well as for scanning slides, negatives and film strips using an integrated transparency unit.

Microtek


Microtek produces film scanners and primarily flatbed scanners (up to DIN A3 size) since many years. Some of the flatbed scanners include film scanning capabilities.

Minolta


Especially with their DiMAGE scanner series, Minolta has developed several successful film scanners, which are still in use today and convince with good scanning results.

Nikon


For scanning slides and negatives the discontinued devices of Japanese Nikon CoolScan brand are still among the most popular and highest quality scanners.

PIE


As a long standing film and slide scanner developer, the Taiwanese company of Pacific Image Electronics is still on the scanner market with current devices today.

Plustek


Scanner manufacturer Plustek serves the worldwide market successfully with a variety of flatbed, book and film scanners (from small slide to medium format).

reflecta


German company of reflecta develops film and slide scanners of convincing quality since many years. reflecta distributes its products primarily in Europe.

Interesting - More info & Movies

Articles & Reviews



« Using the SilverFast 64-bit HDRi feature, digital images of slides and negatives suitable for archiving can be achieved without any expert knowledge. …
Tip: Save money by purchasing scanner and image editing software as a bundle. »

PC Magazin (01/2015)
« SilverFast Ai Studio 8 is probably the best scanning software currently available, offering plenty of control on all aspects of the scanning process. »

Amateur Photographer (10/2013)

Special Feature



VLT_31x25pix The SilverFast VLT is a Virtual Light Table, a kind of image file browser for scanned images. The VLT is used for selecting the desired scans for image optimization in batch mode quickly and well-arranged.

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HDRi_31x25pix The SilverFast HDRi RAW data format uses 64bit HDRi color files, that contain all readable image information. This includes the information of the infrared channel, which's data can be used for dust and scratch removal.

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sf_icon_archive_31x25 The SilverFast Archive Suite was designed for archiving slides and photos in a quick and straightforward way. Multi-Exposure, IT8 calibration and the new 64bit HDRi RAW data format with infrared channel allow an optimum HDR workflow.

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sf_icon_me_31x25 Using SilverFast's Multi-Exposure the original gets scanned twice at different exposure values. From these two scans SilverFast then calculates the final high quality HDR-Scan with a considerably increased Dynamic Range (contrast spread).

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sf_icon_kodachrome_31x25 The usual blue cast is eliminated by calibrating the scanner with a newly developed SilverFast Kodachrome IT8 target. Multi-Exposure prevents any details from getting lost and the improved SRD & iSRD algorithms free Kodachrome slides from dust and scratches.

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sf_icon_isrd_31x25 While scanning a slide, even the smallest scratches and dust particles become aberrations, that can't be ignored. Some scanners feature an additional infrared channel, which's data can be used by SilverFast iSRD for defect detection and elimination.

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sf_icon_autoit8_31x25 For a true color image rendition of scanned originals it's important to initially calibrate the scanner - with SilverFast two mouse clicks will do. Therefore LaserSoft Imaging manufactures high-quality IT8 targets in own production.

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References

Leica Mesilla Digital Imaging Workshops Pentacon Fachhochschule Hannover Canon The University of the Arts Biozentrum, University of Basel The National Theater of Korea Hewlett-Packard Fraunhofer Gesellschaft