7. April 2016


Archiving for the Future – with SilverFast

The quality analog originals is getting worse over time. Even under optimal storage conditions the ravages of time destroys slides, negatives and photos. Thus, there is an urgent need for action. PROFIFOTO, a German photo magazine, introduces an effective way to to save the photographic media - the SilverFast Archive Suite.

The SilverFast Archive Suite is a comprehensive solution for creating digital image archives. Scanner software, image processing software, scanner calibration and an integrated color management - all in one package. Suitable for professionals and beginners alike.

The PROFIFOTO magazine introduces the Archive Suite to the reader and explains some of SilverFast's manifold features. The patented Multi-Exposure, which increases the Dynamic Range when scanning film media, iSRD and SRDx for removing dust and scratches and the WorkflowPilot as a step-by-step assistant. Furthermore, the concept of 64bit HDRi RAW data is illustrated - scan today, process tomorrow.

PROFIFOTO: « No compromise on Scanning: The combination of 64bit HDRi data format and SilverFast Multi-Exposure fully taps the power of the scanner and the potential of the image original and provides an excellent data base – also for future applications. […] In terms of quality and productivity, nobody puts something across the Archive Suite. »

You can find the complete article in the current PROFIFOTO issue (#4, April 2016).

1. April 2016


Successful week for LaserSoft Imaging at the CeBIT trade fair!

Predictably, the world's largest IT fair again attracted many, many visitors to Hannover, Germany. Present at two booths, LaserSoft Imaging introduced the latest products and services in the field of scanning and image processing to the photo enthusiastic public.

Our daily demonstrations at the community area of the Schleswig-Holstein booth were well attended and we had a lot of interesting personal contacts and discussions. Besides our customers, numerous journalists wanted to know about SilverFast's new features and in particular about SRDx, our new (software based) dust and scratch removal tool. A lot of enthusiasm was caused by the unprecedented effectiveness of SRDx and by the fact that - unlike conventional tools - SRDx uses no blurring for dust and scratch removal.

In the Public Sector Park mainly representatives of municipalities and communities as well as IT distributors were interested in our OfficeSeries products. The major focus was set on the new OfficeScan&Print MFP EP-2000 and the new OfficePrinter EP-500. These solutions are optimized for the use by departments and authorities, they provide ICAO compliant scanning and printing results. These devices also support the DIGANT process of the German Bundesdruckerei. Furthermore, they are designed to also work as ideal everyday office scanner and printer. (More information on, German)

Many political representatives visited us. In addition to Mr. Lohse-Müller (Head of the State Chancellery and State Secretary of Schleswig-Holstein) also Dr. Frank Nägele (State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Technology), Dirk Loßack (State Secretary for Education), Ingbert Liebing (Regional Chairman of the CDU Schleswig-Holstein) and Ulf Kämpfer (Mayor of the city of Kiel) were present.

We thank our numerous visitors for an exciting week at the CeBIT. We had a good time at the EPSON and WTSH booths, both fair appearances were successfully organized.

7. March 2016


LaserSoft Imaging at the CeBIT – Daily Demonstrations

From March 14th to March 18th this year‘s CeBIT trade fair will take place in Hannover, Germany. Of cause, LaserSoft Imaging AG will be present for showing a wide range of applications and solutions.

As in many previous years, we will present not only hardware and software but also complete solutions for concrete problems in cooperation with our partners. We will be at the Epson booth (Hall 7, A39) to inform you about special solutions in the area of ID card creation, Medical Scanning and Cultural Heritage. For example, we will demonstrate, why the use of specialized hardware and software is necessary for printing ID cards.

Our main booth is located on the community area of​ the Schleswig-Holstein booth (Hall 5, D34). Here we present the SilverFast Archive Suite and solutions for Medical Scanning and Cultural Heritage. Visit our live demonstrations and learn how to quickly create a high-quality digital archive of analog image and object originals, how to revive old photographies and learn about the secrets of image quality.

More info, free tickets and demonstration schedule.

3. March 2016


SilverFast 8.8 Review & Tutorial by Lon Seidman, Part 1

How to Scan Film Negatives Using SilverFast Software

This is the first in a series of videos Lon.TV will be doing on photo archiving, with an emphasis on bringing in old film negatives. Therefore, Lon is using a Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II. He considers SilverFast as the best choice for scanning negatives. This video is a great tutorial for beginners, showing how to quickly adjust basic settings and batch scan film strips. In addition, he introduces and explains SilverFast's dust and scratch removal tools - the infrared based iSRD as well as the new software based SRDx.

Lon.TV « This first video shows how you can efficiently scan negatives using a flatbed scanner and SilverFast software. It can be as easy as loading them up and just a few mouse clicks. But SilverFast is also very good at finding and removing dust and scratches that might be on your negatives. Removing them at the time of scan means you'll have less to do later. Also important to note that the concepts covered here also apply universally to scanning in general. »

29. February 2016


SilverFast "Against Decomposition"

Digitizing Photos, Slides and Negatives, Part 1

"Winter time is best to recover analog image treasures and to store them digitally in high quality or to make them available to others. The instruments therefore have never been more varied, sophisticated and less expensive." (Jeremias Radke)

This article introduces different approaches for digitizing photographic material. A particularly detailed focus is put on "Scanning with SilverFast".

Mac & i « Everyone, who needs quality scans, can hardly avoid SilverFast. Post-processing the scanned images using an additional image editing software is usually unnecessary, because SilverFast already features important editing functionality for color and brightness correction, for noise reduction, for sharpening, and for dust and scratch removal. »

However, a small inaccuracy has slipped into the article: The article states, any dust and scratch removal is always accompanied by a loss of sharpness. That is correct in relation to many common tools, but does not apply to SilverFast iSRD and SRDx. And that is exactly what is exceptional with our dust and scratch removal tools iSRD (infrared channel based) and SRDx (software based): Both do not blur the images; therefore, the basic detail sharpness remains fully intact.

The complete article (German) can be found in the current Mac & i issue (# 1/2016) or for downloading from the heise archive (as PDF for 3,29 €).

26. February 2016


Is PrinTao 8 Your Tao of Printing?

PrinTao 8 is a Mac OS X Printing Solution for Canon and Epson Large Format Printers

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Professional and color consistent printing for Canon and Epson large format printers using PrinTao 8. From layout to printing, PrinTao's intuitive user interface combines the most important printing functionalities. The clearly structured Start Wizard is a great help for selecting printer model, paper type and size as well as output quality with just a few mouse clicks. The Luminous Landscape, a great photographer's knowledge resource, has released an illustrated in-depth review covering all important aspects of PrinTao 8.

Luminous Landscape « Lesson of experience: LSI has accomplished something very useful for those who would like to print painlessly without the trepidations of printer drivers and dual-sourced settings. »

« The Bottom Line – Print Quality: As pleasant a user experience that the interface is, what I like best about this application is that it makes fine prints. »

« Recommendation: This product is highly recommended for users who wish to simplify their printing experience using high quality print software and are willing to print from non-raw versions (JPEG, TIFF, PSD) of their raw files. »

Not covered by the article is PrinTao's great Media Manager, which comfortably allows to manage and download Icc profiles for a large range of photo papers. Starting from Euro 99,- for downloading, and also including plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, PrinTao 8 runs under Mac OS X 10.7. PrinTao 8 – Printing in Perfection.

The complete review can be found here on the The Luminous Landscape website.
If you are interested to learn more, please also visit our PrinTao 8 Youtube Channel.

17. February 2016


25 Years LaserSoft Imaging

Celebrate with us! 25% discount for the next 25 days

LaserSoft Imaging celebrates it‘s 25th anniversary: We appreciate your confidence in us and our software SilverFast and would like to thank you by offering a special 25% discount on all SilverFast upgrades, SilverFast full versions and IT8 targets.

Benefit from this special discount offer within the next 25 days.

logo_printao8_50x50 This discount also applies to our printing solution PrinTao 8 for Canon and Epson large format printers.

3. February 2016


SRDx - New Dust and Scratch Removal - Specially suited for Epson scanners that do not have an infrared channel

A manual correction or retouching of dust, scratches and other image defects is an extremely time-consuming task. In the professional field, it sometimes can take 1-2 night shifts to optimize a single image. When it comes to removing such image defects from a mass of images, an automatic optimization tool is mandatory for reasons of effectiveness.

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SilverFast iSRD (infrared Smart Removal of Defects) is a proven method to get respectable results in a short time through using the information of the infrared channel, which a variety of scanners have built-in. Unlike, for example, its equivalent ICE, iSRD is continuously further developed and improved.

But what, if your scanner does not feature an infrared channel? Previously, you had to time-consumingly edit manually in Photoshop or in another image editing software. And you had to be carefully doing this, because these programs often blur the images, which always results in a loss of sharpness. Therefore, you may benefit from the new SilverFast SRDx functionality, especially for the following Epson scanners, which do not feature an infrared channel:

A4 scanners: Epson Perfection V10, V100, V200, V30, V300, V33, V330, V350, V37, V370, V500, V550 und V600

A3 scanners: Epson Expression 10000XL und 11000XL

Read more about SilverFast SRDx for Epson scanners in this PDF (using the example of the Epson Expression 11000XL).

21. January 2016


Imaging Resource - Non-infrared Dust & Scratch Removal, one of the largest photo news and review sites on the web with a lot of in-depth reviews backed by exhaustive lab tests, reviews the new SilverFast 8.8 SRDx and History features.

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The Imaging Resource article mainly focusses on SilverFast's new SRDx feature. It is a tool for removing dust and scratch artifacts from images. SRDx can be applied on analog images during the scan process as well as on already digitized images. This technique does not require the scanner providing an infrared channel.

Imaging Resource: « The trick here is that SilverFast 8.8 has new algorithms that analyze the actual pixels and compares what are pixels versus what are not pixels (aka dust and scratches). By comparing the pixels with dust and scratches, this means that this process can be done on already processed images and you do not need to re-scan. […]

Note that if you have Ai Studio, HDR Studio or the Archive Suite, there are some added functionality with new special tools: A Marker Tool for decreasing and increasing intensity, an Eraser Tool for protecting important image areas, and Setup Masks for using different correction effects. […]

The good news is that if you already have SilverFast 8, you can upgrade to this new release, 8.8, for free. »

The complete review can be found on the Imaging Resource websites.