SF9_Archive_Suite SilverFast Archive Suite 9

LaserSoft Imaging® presents a unique solution for fast and easy archiving of slides, negatives and reflective originals. With the new SilverFast Archive Suite you get a bundle of two programs: SilverFast Ai Studio and SilverFast HDR Studio. Since both programs are equipped with optimum functions, you will enjoy maximum processing speed as well as an efficient workflow. An integrated color management system that meets professional standards completes the convincing package.

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Using the scanner software SilverFast Ai Studio, 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. The Archive Suite featuring full SilverFast functionality is ideal for professional use.

HDRi The SilverFast HDRi RAW data format with infrared channel
The HDRi feature is part of any SilverFast HDR and Archive Suite edition version 6.6.1 or later. Therefore, the 64bit HDRi color files (and the 32bit grayscale files, respectively) developed contain all readable image information, including the data from the infrared channel, whose data can be used for iSRD, SilverFast's dust and scratch removal. Hence, HDRi RAW data is the perfect source material for any later post processing steps.

HDR(i) Workflow - (1) IT8 Scanner Calibration

Consistent colors and color management have been and are still in many areas a certain mystery for professionals and even more so for consumers. For some time achieving color consistent scans has been a field dedicated to professional color consultants and operators only. The new SilverFast version assists professionals and enables consumers to benefit from consistent colors without the need to bother with the sophisticated process behind it. With SilverFast, users of all experience levels can achieve color consistent scans by initially calibrating their scanners.

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Just two mouse clicks, nothing more is needed to calibrate your scanner with the latest SilverFast. The high-quality IT8 targets - transmissive as well as reflective - are manufactured in LaserSoft Imaging's own production, where small batches and accuracy ensure the upmost precision. You can order your targets from our Online-Shop.

HDR(i) Workflow - (2) Scanning with SilverFast Ai Studio

Using the intelligent frame-finding option and the fast saving of originals into lossless HDR(i) file formats (64bit/ 48bit RAW data) enables you to quickly digitize whole image collections. This way, you can effectively prevent your pictures from being destroyed or getting lost.

The combination of SilverFast's Multi-Exposure® and patented Auto IT8 Calibration provides the best quality and safety possible. Since calibration data gets embedded into the files, you don't need to calibrate again when opening and processing them with SilverFast HDR Studio afterwards. A permanent gamma value synchronization of the 64bit/ 48bit data secures predictable and consistent brightness and color reproduction between SilverFast Ai Studio and SilverFast HDR Studio.

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Beyond that, with version 6.6.1r4 SilverFast saves scanner related information along with the image data.* This allows an advanced automatic Unsharp Masking for the later post processing with SilverFast HDR, which takes the specific scanner details into account and is therefore able to produce brilliant, pin sharp images.

* Note: This feature has been released for the scanner brands Agfa, Canon, Epson, Mediax, Microtek, Nikon, PIE, Plustek, Reflecta, Umax and more.

HDR(i) Workflow - (3) Optimizing with SilverFast HDR Studio

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After scanning with SilverFast Ai Studio, you can convert the RAW files with SilverFast HDR Studio. The conversion process uses the HiRePP® function. HiRePP allows amazingly fast opening of huge files in realtime and the ability to work with them almost instantly. Work with your RAWs at your workstation or in an external environment - or send them to Hawaii and have them processed there.

The SilverFast Archive Suite will enable you to perform all the necessary steps for the professional and lossless digital backup of your treasured collections (which may have taken years or even decades to establish) on your own, without having to give them up to someone else. Process these files immediately or at any other time, at any place. Only one single scan is needed; once the data is captured, it can be used in a variety of different ways. May it be a fine-art print, a presentation, a postcard or a web gallery. Everything can be created quickly and effectively ​of the existing RAW data using SilverFast HDR Studio.

« The unusual beauty of this Archive Suite is its very efficient batch scan capability that includes the infrared iSRD data in a 64bit raw scanner file. »
David Brooks (Photographer and Senior Editor of Shutterbug Magazine)

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