1986 – LaserSoft Imaging begins – the company foundation by Mr. Karl-Heinz Zahorsky.
1987 – Start of color processing on the computer with the video digitizer ProViz from Pixelogic, USA. LaserSoft Imaging becomes distribution partner for Europe.
1989 – LaserSoft Imaging provides advice for Canon and promotes their Still-Video, a predecessor to digital cameras. The RC760 was used in the field of newspaper publishing. LaserSoft Imaging becomes consultant for Hell AG in the area of new desktop technologies for color processing.
1990 – LaserSoft Imaging takes over the distribution of Riplink, a system for connecting the Hell Chromacom image processing system to the Mac.
1991 – LaserSoft Imaging becomes a privately-held company (GmbH), for development and distribution.
1994 – First stages of development for scanner software SilverFast.
1995 – The presentation of SilverFast Ai v.1 at the Hannover CeBIT fair. The Epson GT9000 is the first scanner delivered with SilverFast included.
1996 – SilverFast v.2 is released.
1997 – Continuous expansion, a subsidiary in Florida opens. SilverFast v.3 is on the market featuring prepress color tools and 2-level user interface (high-end and entry-level in one software). Additionaly, SilverFast PhotoCD, SilverFast DC and SilverFast HDR are introduced.
1998 – SilverFast v.4 with IT8 calibration is released.
2000 – Presentation of SilverFast v.5 with many new functions such as Multi-Sampling. New version: SilverFast SE.
2001 – SilverFast v.5.5 is ready, featuring NegaFix and a JobManager.
2002 – LaserSoft Imaging is transformed into a private stock company. Further, SilverFast v.6 with many new and improved features is released.
2004 – SilverFast SE Plus, Ai Studio und SilverFast DC Pro are introduced on the CeBit fair. “SilverFast – The Official Book” is getting popular.
2005 – SilverFast PrinTao is new as well as the SilverFast support for high-end Heidelberg (Linotype) drum scanners.
2006 – SilverFast v.6.5 comes up with notedly improved iSRD® infrared dust and scratch removal.
2008 – Patents granted for the Auto IT8 Calibration and SilverFast Multi-Exposure®. SilverFast receives the EDP award for the “best color management software of the year 2008”.
2009 – SilverFast 64bit support and HDRi as valuable features for the Archive Suite.
2010 – Development of the Resolution Target (USAF 1951) and participation in the German Programme for the Future-Economy (ZPW). With its SilverFast OfficeScanner devices LaserSoft Imaging successfully establishes a combination of hard- and software for the German digital system for passport creation.
2011 – The new generation: As a completely new development scanner software SilverFast 8 is released. In addition to the newly designed user interface the WorkflowPilot is introduced as an important core element.
2012 – Digital imaging software SilverFast HDR also released in new version 8.
2013 – Launch of printing solution PrinTao 8 for Epson and Canon large format printers.
2014 – New SilverFast Archive Suite 8 including Virtual Light Table VLT and support for the DNG RAW data format.
2015 – SilverFast v.8.5 including a re-developed JobManager, the JobMonitor iPhone App, a new raw data format HDRi RAW and the ICC Printer Calibration. LaserSoft Imaging is premium partner of the WTSH “Schleswig-Holstein. Germany’s True North.” partner program. The WTSH is an important contact for business development and technology transfer in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost state.
2016 – Many new developments for SilverFast 8.8: ColorServer, SRDx and Clone-Tool.
2017 – LaserSoft Imaging attends the 1st World Market Leader Forum in Louisenlund. Ongoing product range development resulting in support for new scanners (SilverFast 8.8), printers (PrinTao 8) and Photoshop versions (SRDx). Founder and CEO Karl-Heinz Zahorsky rounds the earth in Piper Malibu.
2018 – Development of “Advanced Scanner Calibration” incl. new IT8 Targets according to ISO standard
12641-2, in the design of which LaserSoft Imaging was significantly involved.
2020 – ISO 12641-2 officially adopted by ISO committee. New “Advanced Targets” tested by Fogra, color accuracy confirmed. In addition: SilverFast 9 is released. The user interface, internal processes and algorithms have been optimized for an even better look and feel. The comprehensive 350+ pages E-Book “Create Brilliant Images with SilverFast” is published.
2021 – The SilverFast ExpressScan feature is included with the Archive Suite. It is a new scanning method for digitizing adjacent images in one pass instead of one at a time. The ExpressScan is German patent application pending.
2022 – Launch of a completely reworked SilverFast website.