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20. December 2011

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Dear customers, guests and business partners,

this exciting year is slowly coming to its end, while the contemplative Christmas season has begun. In summer, SilverFast 8 has been successfully launched and we are receiving a lot of attention and good reviews from our customers since then. Of course, we will continue to work on SilverFast 8 with our greatest efforts in 2012 for improving many existing features and providing new ones with future SilverFast updates.


« With warm appreciation of our association during the past year,
we extend our very best wishes for a successful New Year. »



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CEO LaserSoft Imaging

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14. December 2011

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SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of another scanner. SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Epson Expression 1640XL on Windows XP, Vista, Win7 and Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.7.

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7. December 2011

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Good news for many Epson customers: SilverFast 8 has been adapted to additional scanner models and operating systems. Under Windows and Mac OS X, SilverFast 8 is now also available for the following scanners:
  • Epson Perfection 2400
  • Epson Perfection 2450 Photo
  • Epson Perfection 4490
  • Epson Perfection V300
  • Epson Perfection V330
  • Epson Perfection V500
  • Epson Perfection V600 Photo

Multi-Tasking, Preview Concept and scanner-specific adaption ensure an increase of technical performance. The new user interface and the WorkflowPilot facilitate the handling for the user.

Order SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade. Find out all about SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'INFO'.

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29. November 2011

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Development of the Pre-Release version of SilverFast HDR Studio 8 continues. We appreciate all your cooperation and received feedback. Update to version 8.0.1r3 brings:
  • A time extension of the Pre-Release version. The actual 30 days trial period has come to an end on November the 29th. This new version extends your trial period for another 30 days.
  • Performance improvement: Some internal processes have been accelerated by up to 100%.
  • Bug fix: Previously, the infrared channel of HDRi images was shown partially shifted. This is now corrected.
Thank you for your continuous cooperation and feedback.

You can download SilverFast HDR Studio 8 pre-release for free and without obligation by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. Please also read the detailed information about the Pre-Release, please click on 'INFO'. We always look forward to your feedback and suggestions, you can let us know by clicking on 'FORUM'.

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25. November 2011

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The Nikon CoolScan 5000 ED was launched in 2003 and has been one of the most popular film scanner since then. Especially professional photographers appreciate the superior image quality, which is even further optimized significantly by SilverFast Multi-Exposure® for increasing dynamic range.

The German FOTO DIGITAL magazine has reviewed the Nikon CoolScan 5000 ED in detail. In conclusion, the testers recommend to use SilverFast with the Nikon for a significant performance improvement:


« We recommend a more powerful scan software such as "SilverFast", as the included "Nikon Scan 4.0" is out of the scanner's depth. "SilverFast" also offers the possibility to calibrate the scanner. The tools for automatic corrections are working properly and contribute to better imaging results. […] Grain can be effectively reduced by multiple scanning. The autofocus accomplishes a perfect job for accurately mounted slides and smooth film strips. »

You can read the complete article on the FOTO DIGITAL website. (in German)



18. November 2011

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LaserSoft Imaging offers the world's last Kodachrome targets for scanner calibration.
Kodachrome was a popular slide film produced by Kodak between 1935 and 2009. It was the first commercially successful three-color film with natural color reproduction. Kodachrome film features great sharpness, fine grain and vibrant colors. In addition, it is extremely well preserved in archives.

Kodachrome is very different from other films in terms of material and developing process. This fact leads to problems when trying to scan Kodachrome film like ordinary color film. LaserSoft Imaging has produced Kodachrome targets in own production, which enable true-color digitizing of Kodachrome slides. Since 2010, there is not a single photo lab on the whole planet developing Kodachrome film. (Source: Wikipedia) This means, no new Kodachrome targets can be produced in future.

Why is the calibration with a Kodachrome target important?
The yellow dye in the Kodachrome emulsion is generally perceived less by a scanner than by the human eye. Thus, the human viewer captures more "yellow spectrum" from a Kodachrome image than the scanner. In return, scan results have a blue cast for the eye, if Kodachrome slides are scanned with a normal Fujichrome or Ektachrome ICC profile. With a Kodachrome Calibration Target, you get accurate color.


« I started a project recently, scanning several hundred 25-year old slides of our trekking trip to Africa. The old Kodachromes and Ecktachromes show their age. […] SilverFast provides a vast range of controls that were not previously available to me, allowing solid control over every element of the scanning workflow. The results are dramatically improved. … » (Richard Jacobs)

We would like to offer our last remaining stock of Kodachrome targets for 195,- per target to our loyal customers. All targets originate from our very last production batch and when properly stored can be used for many years without a loss of quality.

Get your SilverFast Kodachrome Target today by clicking on the 'BUY' button. Click 'INFO' for more information about the various SilverFast Kodachrome features.

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11. November 2011

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In late August the new scanner software SilverFast 8 was published. For all supported scanners, the Archive Suite versions are once again available.

The Archive Suite is a software package for fast and easily archiving even larger image collections, which includes scanner software, image editing software and an integrated color management system. Using the scanner software, you create 64bit/ 48bit RAW data for subsequent processing in SilverFast HDR (Studio). These RAW files contain all the data of your images and are therefore ideally suited for further optimization and processing.

Version 8 of imaging software SilverFast HDR is currently in development. During a public pre-release phase, SilverFast HDR Studio 8 is available for free download. Until the publication of SilverFast HDR 8, the SilverFast Archive Suite 8 will come with the fully compatible (except Mac OS X Lion) version 6.6 of SilverFast HDR.

All costumers who purchased HDR or Archive Suite 6.6 at June 1st 2011 or later, will of course be entitled to get a free upgrade to version 8 as soon as it is available.


Please find here a list of those scanners for which SilverFast 8 is available. For many other scanners our well tested Archive Suite version 6.6 software, of course, is still available.

Order SilverFast Archive Suite 8 under 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get the SilverFast Archive Suite 8 as a discounted o even free upgrade. Find out more about the different Archive Suite versions by clicking on 'INFO'.

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9. November 2011

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SilverFast 8, the completely new developed scanner software, is now also available on DVD.

The DVD comes with a printed quick guide in 6 languages​​ (english only for the US). Besides the SilverFast software, it includes the guide as a PDF file and a variety of QuickTime movies that concretely explain how to use every single feature. Of course, the SilverFast 8 documentation and QuickTime movies are also available online for free viewing.


Order SilverFast 8 on DVD by clicking on 'BUY DVD' or as an immediately available download version by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade.

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2. November 2011

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Development of the Pre-Release version of SilverFast HDR Studio 8 continues. We appreciate all your cooperation and received feedback. Update to version 8.0.1r2 brings:
  • A time extension of the Pre-Release version. The first 30 days trial period is coming to an end on November the 2nd. This new version extends your trial period for another 30 days.
  • Bug fix: Opening 16bit HDR greyscale image file prior to color images led SilverFast HDR Studio 8 Pre-Release to believe all subsequent images to be of the same type. This appeared to be a cache problem solved in this version.
  • Bug fix: Infrared channel of HDRi images created with SilverFast 6.6 under Windows appeared to be ignored by SilverFast HDR Studio 8 Pre-Release. This led to a non-correction or malfunctioning of iSRD and is now fixed.
Thank you for your continuous cooperation and feedback.

You can download SilverFast HDR Studio 8 pre-release for free and without obligation by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. Please also read the detailed information about the Pre-Release, please click on 'INFO'. We always look forward to your feedback and suggestions, you can let us know by clicking on 'FORUM'.

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27. October 2011

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As a professional provider for various solutions in the area of digitization and image processing, LaserSoft Imaging will exhibit at the Berlin fair Moderner Staat on 8 and 9 November, 2011. We will be located at Booth 409 in Hall 2 at the theme park Junge Innovative
and are looking forward to meet you in Berlin.

For further information, please look here.

26. October 2011

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SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of another scanner. As of now, SilverFast 8 scanner software is available for the Epson Perfection 2450 Photo on Windows XP, Vista, Win7 and Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.7 Lion.

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18. October 2011

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The new SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Canon CanoScan 8600F and 8800F. Supported are Windows and Mac operating systems including 10.7 Lion.

SilverFast 8 is now available for two additional scanners. Multi-Tasking, Preview Concept and scanner-specific adaption ensure an increase of technical performance. The new user interface and the WorkflowPilot facilitate the handling for the user.


Order SilverFast 8 for your Canon CanoScan 8600F and 8800F by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade. Find out all about SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'INFO'.

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13. October 2011

icon_get_connected Get Connected TV is Canada's #1 Technology TV Show. In the following movie clip they are introducing the Plustek OpticFilm 7600i slide scanner and SilverFast SE Plus, which is already bundled with the scanner and great for beginners starting to digitize their analog treasures.



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7. October 2011

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The new version 8 of imaging software SilverFast HDR and HDR Studio launches as a free pre-release version. We would like to give our customers an opportunity to test our new features and to actively participate in the development process with feedback and suggestions.

SilverFast HDR Studio 8 is available as part of a public software pre-release for downloading. It runs on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and thus offers a cost-free temporary solution for users who can not use their SilverFast HDR (Studio) 6.6 copy on Lion.


You can download SilverFast HDR Studio 8 pre-release for free and without obligation by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. Please also read the detailed information about the Pre-Release, please click on 'INFO'. We always look forward to your feedback and suggestions, you can let us know by clicking on 'FORUM'.

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7. October 2011

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The new SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Epson Perfection 3200 Photo. Supported are Windows and Mac operating systems including 10.7 Lion.

As the most advanced scanner software SilverFast 8 carries the Epson Perfection 3200 Photo to new heights in terms of image quality and ease of use. The unique WorkflowPilot allows even beginners to achieve perfect pictures. This digital assistant avoids errors in the imaging process by arranging all necessary processing steps in the correct order.


Order SilverFast 8 for your Epson Perfection 3200 Photo by clicking on 'DOWNLOAD'. If you already own a SilverFast copy, please click on 'UPGRADE' to check, if you can get SilverFast 8 as a discounted or even free upgrade. Find out all about SilverFast 8 by clicking on 'INFO'.

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18. August 2011

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LaserSoft Imaging (LSI) has embedded their 25 years of experience into the new version of the scanning software SilverFast. Coupling their innovative ideas with the utilization of current software technology, LSI has now released the best scanning software ever: SilverFast 8.

There are many reasons to obtain the new SilverFast 8; a software which makes it easy to perfectly digitize images. The applications are nearly endless.


The new patent pending WorkflowPilot® is a novelty and the core of the new concept, allowing perfect scans from any original. As a kind of virtual assistant, the WorkflowPilot® guides the user through the correct order of steps necessary to obtain best results.

Karl-Heinz Zahorsky, founder and president of LSI: « Our WorkflowPilot will help especially novice users to create brilliant images. »

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The unique SilverFast Preview Concept allows for instant quality control of each adapted adjustment. The new and optimized user interface enables any user to quickly find all necessary tools. The unique iSRD® automatically and professionally removes dust and scratches by using the scanner's infrared channel. In combination with the SRD® function, this feature is even available for Kodachrome or B/W slides.


Try SilverFast 8 for free. If you already have an older version of SilverFast, we offer you an upgrade to SilverFast 8 at a reduced price or even without cost. Therefore, please click on the 'Upgrade' button.

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17. August 2011

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3. August 2011

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We would like to inform you which scanners will be supported for the release of SilverFast 8. For an overview, please click here.

29. July 2011

sf8_banner_2 SilverFast 8 - Upgrade Discounts for our Customers

We have informed you about our new scanner software SilverFast 8 recently. Today we would like to show our low-priced upgrade options to you.

Until the 30th of June 2012, LaserSoft Imaging will offer a free SilverFast 8 upgrade to all customers who will purchase or have purchased a copy of SilverFast version 6.6 after June 1st, as soon as it is available. This offer is naturally also valid for SilverFast versions bundled with a scanner device or purchased from a dealer. Any SilverFast software purchased prior to June 1st will benefit from significant pricebreaks of up to 50% when upgrading from an earlier SilverFast version to SilverFast 8.

The release of SilverFast 8 is scheduled for August 2011.

The SilverFast 8 pricing will be within the range of SilverFast 6.6 prices. Actually, some versions can be offered for a lowered price. In detail we will offer pricebreaks as follows:
  • SilverFast purchased after June 1st, 2011: free upgrade
  • older SilverFast software of version 6.5 or later: 50% discount
  • older SilverFast software of version 6.0 or later: 30% discount
  • older SilverFast software of version 5.5 or later: 20% discount


mac_lion The new SilverFast 8 version 8 will support Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as Intel Mac OS X 10.5 or later (including 10.7 Lion). SilverFast versions previous to SilverFast 8 will not run on Mac OS X 10.7.

20. July 2011

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LaserSoft Imaging announces SilverFast 8 - available in August 2011.

SilverFast, the most popular scanner software in the world, will be released as brand-new version SilverFast 8. After many successful years, SilverFast will be available completely renewed towards the end of August for the most important scanners of all major manufacturers. With the powerful new SilverFast software images can be created, edited and brought to perfection easily. The patent-pending WorkflowPilot featuring a world‘s first is just one of many new developments that bring significant advantages for the user.


The WorkflowPilot is a core element of the new software. As a kind of assistant, it guides the user in the correct order through all processing steps required for his individual workflow. In this way you turn your analog originals into convincing scans easily, because all complex operations become a child's play for the user.

The SilverFast Preview Concept allows to check the results of any adjusted setting anytime and immediately. Also new and up to date is the graphical user interface, on which the user can quickly and easily find all important controls and features. SilverFast 8 supports Multi-Tasking and the latest 64bit hardware and is therefore extremely fast and efficient.

SilverFast 8 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista and XP, and runs natively on Mac OS X systems from version 10.5 (including 10.7 Lion). 32bit computers will be supported as well as 64bit systems.

button_buy Until the 30th of June 2012, LaserSoft Imaging will offer a free upgrade to SilverFast 8 to all customers who will purchase or have purchased a copy of SilverFast version 6.6 after June 1st, as soon as it is available. This offer is naturally also valid for SilverFast versions bundled with a scanner device or purchased from a dealer.

Update: Any SilverFast software purchased prior to June 1st will benefit from significant pricebreaks of up to 50% when upgrading from an earlier SilverFast version to SilverFast 8. Please register for our newsletter or subscribe to our RSS-Feed in order to get the latest updates and announcements delivered right to your mailbox.

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10. June 2011

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Travelling, mountains and photography are three of the great passions of Steve Razzetti, born in London in 1958. Between 1984 and 2003, he has spent an annual average of 9 months in the Himalayas.

Recently, he has begun to scan a series of black and white negatives, which he has shot more than 20 years ago in Pakistan. Steve is using a Nikon Coolscan 9000 in combination with SilverFast Ai Studio, and he himself is surprised by the great results he is achieving.

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The first 100 images are already digitized, and there are some more to follow.

On his homepage, Steve Razzetti is also showing many more impressive and beautiful photographs of various places from all over the world: www.Razzetti.com

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4. April 2011

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Mr. Boris Bischof, representative of LaserSoft Imaging, North America, holds an informative and free SilverFast Seminar at Vistek, Toronto on April 08 at 2:00 PM. He will show the complete SilverFast Archive Suite workflow from start to finish, explaining SilverFast's most important features and SilverFast's color management system.

This seminar is well suited for both entry-level and advanced users that have or have not used SilverFast scanner software. Come and learn how to use SilverFast for best scanning results or to solve your personal SilverFast issues during the Q & A session.

For more information and free seminar registration, please visit Vistek's website.

22. March 2011

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The ProScan 7200, the current reflecta slide and film scanner was so far only supported on Microsoft Windows. reflecta now has revised the device to also give Mac users access to this high-quality scanner.* SilverFast was adjusted instantly and does now offer the same superior quality for the ProScan 7200 on Mac OS X.

Product details:
  • resolution: 3600 dpi
  • dynamic range: 3.8 Dmax
  • scans 35mm film and framed slides
  • material & environmentally friendly LED light
  • incl. infrared dust and scratch removal
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Test SilverFast with your reflecta ProScan 7200 for free.
You may also like to visit our reflecta ProScan 7200 product page.

* Note: Based on the serial number of your device the reflecta customer service can tell you, whether it is suitable for operation under Mac OS X. If not, you can get a free replacement unit by reflecta.

18. March 2011

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As professional photographer and senior editor David Brooks is always interested in new photographic equipment and technologies. He has been digitizing his own work since the early 1990s, always striving to achieve the best possible image quality. Therefore, he has tested a wide range of flatbed and film scanners, but always took SilverFast as the best choice regarding the software component.

David Brooks has now extensively tested the CanoScan 9000F in combination with SilverFast Archive Suite. He is convinced by its batch scanning and processing workflow, which, he says, does only take half the time the conventional way would do. Besides presenting this new scanner, Mr. Brooks is also introducing his SilverFast workflow and explaining many of SilverFast's buttons and features. This part could be very interesting for users new to SilverFast.

David Brooks: "I think a lot of photographers with film libraries have hoped for a flat-bed that will scan prints as well as both 120 and 35mm film that delivers results close to that of a dedicated film scanner. Well, the Canon CanoScan with SilverFast running it is just about there - the dream has been realized to a very large extent. " brooks_flowers_small
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You can read the entire article online at a Shutterbug.

Please do also visit our CanoScan 9000F product page.

11. March 2011

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SilverFast supports Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Kiel, March 11th, 2011 - LaserSoft Imaging announces support for Apple's new operating system. The world's most popular scanner software SilverFast will be fully available for
Mac OS X 10.7.


With version 10.7 (Lion) Apple is going to release an updated version of its operating system Mac OS X in summer of 2011. As usual, SilverFast will be compatible with all current Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. As a new feature, SilverFast will offer native support for the Intel processors used by Apple and thus ensures exceptionally fast and efficient program operations also in the future - both on 32bit as well as on 64bit computers.

More information …

28. February 2011

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CeBIT is the world's largest fair for information technology, it takes place every spring in Hannover. LaserSoft Imaging was the first time there in 1995, when SilverFast Ai version 1 was presented at the CeBIT.

Come and meet our staff again this year. They are waiting for you at the booth of our partner plustek and they would like to present some great products for you.

Visit us at our host plustek in hall 3 at booth F29.
And here you can find us.

31. January 2011

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Robert Slobins has photographed the night sky for over 40 years, his particular interest here is the solar eclipse photography. Good results in this demanding profession are only to achieve with a lot of experience and modern technology.

For digitizing his photographs Robert is using SilverFast since many years. A high dynamic range is essentially for scanning the high-contrast eclipse photographies.

Slobins: "I used to work in chemical darkrooms (B+W, then color). SilverFast allows me to produce similar results in a similar fashion."

An insight into his work and into his SilverFast workflow Robert presents on our website: Area of Application - Solar Eclipse Photography
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You may also like to visit Robert Solobins' new website about solar eclipse photography flash spectrum or have a look, which Areas of Application are also possible for a good scanner software.