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28. February 2017

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New Features included with the latest SilverFast Version 8.8.0r8


The new SilverFast version 8.8.0r8 has been released and brings some new features, which we would like to introduce to you below. The ICC profile you are using is now displayed directly, SilverFast has a full screen view and the SilverFast ColorServer Edition includes a new Setup-Pilot.

New Scanner: SilverFast 8.8 now also supports the Plustek OpticPro A 320.

Display of the currently used ICC Profile


SilverFast now displays the input profile used for the current scan or image processing job just left below the preview window. Now you can make sure you have selected the correct ICC profile with just a quick look. You may change the profile used in the "Preferences" in the "CMS" tab at the "Input" entry. SilverFast includes a whole range of scanner-specific input profiles, and if you are using SilverFast Ai Studio‘s scanner calibration, you will create your own individual ICC profiles.

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Full Screen View and "Lights off" View


SilverFast now features a full screen view for a better evaluation of your image optimizations. All tools fade out and your image is shown enlarged on a black background. This allows you to concentrate completely on your desired image. Press the «ESC» key to exit full screen view. The "Lights off" button hides the tools without magnifying the image. (The "Lights off" view is available in SilverFast Ai Studio and SilverFast HDR Studio, the full screen view only in SilverFast HDR Studio.)

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Setup-Pilot for the ColorServer


Using the SilverFast ColorServer you will process and optimize your images fully automatically. You create HotFolders and sets of image processing rules. SilverFast monitors your Hotfolders and applies your rules to all image files, which get stored in your Hotfolders. Compared to a manual adjustment of processing parameters for each individual image you can save a lot of work and time using the ColorServer.

In order to make it easier for you to create HotFolders, the SilverFast ColorServer now features a Setup-Pilot. This Setup-Pilot will guide you through the creation of a HotFolder step by step, explaining all the options and settings. It's that easy.

More information on the ColorServer can be found on our website.

If you have questions about using the ColorServer or if you are interested to try a test installation, please contact: colorserver@silverfast.com

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27. February 2017

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SilverFast Training at Computer Advantage enters next round


Training: Scanning and Archiving Your Old Film and Photos

The 2hour-SilverFast Training at Computer Advantage will be held by Boris Bischof, US Director of LaserSoft Imaging. Moving along the contemporary principles of scanning and image reproduction in a friendly atmosphere, you will learn about different workflows and how to create beautiful images using SilverFast. The training takes place at a comfortable pace in a professional setting with todays scanners from leading manufacturers such as Epson, Canon and others.

Location: Computer Advantage, 7810 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

Date and Time: March 30, 2017
  1. Training: 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm or
  2. Training: 04:30 pm to 06.30 pm
Participation Fee: $ 49,-

To enroll for the training, please e-mail to training@silverfast.com

20. February 2017

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The Battle with Dust and Scratches 2.0


SRDx Photoshop CC Plug-in for Apple Mac - Smart Removal of Defects

Sebastian Schlüter is a photography artist, who's work can be described as a personal record of his observations. He would even call it an extension or a diversified document of all his encounters. His creative tool is photography, Sebastian's style is pure, honest and calm. While he uses both digital and film cameras Sebastian has a preference for the subtle and simple style of film photography. SilverFast is his choice to transfer his analog images to the digital world.

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The new innovative SRDx Plug-in (Smart Removal of Defects) is a powerful Photoshop CC Plug-in for Mac that efficiently removes defects like dust and scratches from your images. Sebastian has published a detailed review on his photography blog. He also introduces his own preferred dust removal workflow. More information, movies and a free trial version can be found on our SRDx Photoshop Plug-in Website.

Sebastian Schlüter: « What I really like about this plugin, is the simple and responsive way of using it. If you have worked with Photoshop before you won´t have any problems using it. […] During all my tests I did not see any reduction of image sharpness. »

For the complete review, please visit Sebastian's Blog.


6. February 2017

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Hotrod Shooting – 300 Megapixel – Analog vs Digital


Markus Hofstaetter has photographed a hotrod in a customer's order – digital and also analog.

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Markus Hofstaetter, award-winning professional photographer from Austria, gets a very special task from a customer: He is supposed to photograph the customer's hotrod, an old and specially converted American car, in the highest possible resolution for a huge printout. The customer's dog should sit on the fender. Not an easy task.

For this challenge Hofstaetter decides to need a resolution of about 300 megapixels. Therefore, on the one hand he puts together a 24-part panoramic image with his digital camera and on the other hand he shoots an analog image with his large format camera. Both images were presented to the customer for decision.

Markus Hofstaetter: « I’m so happy that the customer chose the Analog version, it fits so much better to the car. I’m pretty sure, that this cars were shot with large format cameras too back then. »

You can find the complete blog entry and further images here at Markus Hofstaetter's blog.



ektachrome This shows that analog photography is still useful today in the digital age. There are countless slides and film strips, which are still lying on roofs and in slide magazines or shoeboxes and are waiting to get digitized and, if necessary, optimized by retouching. and the usage of analog cameras is increasing. In order to address this trend, Kodak is even reviving the popular Ektachrome film due to many customer requests.

1. February 2017

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SilverFast and Epson Expression 12000 XL: New large-format scanner for highest quality demands


The new Expression 12000XL keeps up the strengths of its predecessor; its high resolution, the manual and automatic focus and the optional transparency unit make it a hiqh quality scanner not only for your photos, but also for slides, 35mm film strips and larger film formats. You'll benefit from the scanner's full potential with the bundled SilverFast Ai IT8 software with automatic color calibration.


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The packaged SilverFast software as usual offers a scope of functions that you'll need for the digitization of your images, like histogram, gradation curve, color cast removal with up to 4 neutral points, dust and scratch removal and various color correction tools.

For the quick and efficient digitization of your images with our raw data concept, we recommend to upgrade to SilverFast Archive Suite.

The Epson Expression 12000XL with SilverFast Ai IT8 and LaserSoft Imaging IT8 charts will soon be available on the market.

13. January 2017

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digit! - Detailled SRDx Photoshop Plug-in Review


The digit!, a German professional's magazine for digital images, introduces the new SRDx Photoshop CC plug-in for the Mac.

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Michael Marczok, editor at the German magazin digit! – The professional magazine for digital images – has had a closer look on LaserSoft Imaging‘s new SRDx Photoshop plug-in. The innovative SRDx (Smart Removal of Defects) plug-in efficiently removes small defects like dust and scratches from your precious images to have them shine again.

Having finished his in-depth tests, Michael gives testimony: « LaserSoft Imaging‘s Photoshop plug-in SRDx removes image distortions in scanned originals in such a smart way that it appears almost magical. […] The time savings which can be generated are enormous. And time is money, not just for photographers. Our recommendation: Purchase instantly. »

The complete article can be found in the latest digit! magazine issue or here as a PDF file.