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New SilverFast Archive Suite 8 – an ‘all-inclusive solution’

June 10th, 2014 · News, Processing, SilverFast

Let yourself be inspired by the new features and the Archive Suite Workflow! Watch our movie to find out, how the new VLT fits into the Archive Suite workflow.


Do you too have already planned on scanning your analog slide and photo collection a number of times? You want to know your memories safe? Now is the time to finally build a digital archive to protect your valuable images from loss, damage or deterioration.

The SilverFast Archive Suite 8 provides amazing new features and allows to build up a high-quality archive in no time following its unique non-destructive workflow.

With SilverFast’s Archive Suite 8 you get a package of scanner software SilverFast Ai Studio 8 and image processing software SilverFast HDR Studio 8 as a perfectly adjusted supplement. Including an integrated color management system, this ideal archiving package is now available for your scanner. The VLT as the new Virtual Light Table represents the ideal link between scanner and digital imaging software. We grant a 20% introductory discount on any SilverFast Archive Suite 8 purchase until end of June, 2014. This reduced price also applies to upgrades but is not combinable with other discounts.

Learn more about our new highlights
and order your new version here:


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New Scanners supported with SilverFast 8: Epson Perfection 2480, V370, V37

June 2nd, 2014 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

New scanners supported with SilverFast 8.0.1r47:

  • Epson Perfection 2480
  • Epson Perfection V370
  • Epson Perfection V37

SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of three further scanners. SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Epson Perfection 2480, Perfection V370 and V37 devices. Try SilverFast 8 now for free. If you already own an older version of SilverFast, we offer you an upgrade to SilverFast 8 at a reduced price.


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US Patent on Multi-Exposure Technology

May 21st, 2014 · News, Photography Business, SilverFast

Multi-Exposure is a technique for increasing a scanner’s Dynamic Range developed by LaserSoft Imaging. Now, the patent on this technology has also been granted in the Unites States. SilverFast Multi-Exposure® only with LaserSoft Imaging.
What is the Dynamic Range?
The Dynamic Range of a scanner, also referred to as density range or contrast range, is a measurement for a scanner’s capability to recognize contrast levels. Contrary to reflective originals like photo transparent originals (black & white film), color negatives and slides consist of multiple film layers, which respond to light differently. Therefore, transparent originals achieve a high Dynamic Range when captured, which usually exceeds a scanner’s capabilities. As a consequence, especially in the very light and shadow image areas, image details get lost when scanning.

How does Multi-Exposure increase the Dynamic Range?
SilverFast Multi-Exposure records an original’s maximum Dynamic Range by performing a double scan with an increased exposure time of the second scan. This procedure captures the light image area’s details in the first pass and the the shadow details in the second. Afterwards an algorithm calculates the final scan, which now contains any detail, from each single scan.

Learn more
about SilverFast Multi-Exposure

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PIE bundles Scanners with SilverFast 8

May 16th, 2014 · News, Photography Business, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast SE 8 part of new PIE PrimeFilm Scanners

Kiel, Germany/ New Taipei City, Taiwan. LaserSoft Imaging (LSI) and Pacific Image Electronics (PIE) intensify their cooperation in the field of scanner hardware and software. As of now, PrimeFilm X, XA and XE are supplied with SilverFast SE 8.

As an entry-level version SilverFast SE 8 offers outstanding scan results and easy handling. Users benefit from a variety of automatic functions, which make the scan and image optimization process easier, while a consistently high quality can be guaranteed.

Press Release
PIE & SilverFast 8 product bundle: (PDF)


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SilverFast 8 for additional scanners

April 25th, 2014 · News, OSX, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of three further scanners. SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the Epson Perfection 2580, Microtek ScanMaker i900 and ScanMaker 1000XL devices. Try SilverFast 8 now for free. If you already own an older version of SilverFast, we offer you an upgrade to SilverFast 8 at a reduced price.


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Sri Lanka’s Smile – Exhibition in Leipzig, Germany

April 17th, 2014 · analogue photography, Distraction, News, Photography

Sri Lanka’s Smile – Photographer Knut Stritzke toured through Sri Lanka in 2007, having a camera always at his fingertips. Supported by Sri Lanka’s ambassador and the Grassi Museum of Leipzig, Germany, a traveling exhibition has now been launched. The exhibition “Sri Lanka’s Smile” shows a series of portraits and landscape impressions, memories of Sri Lanka, a wonder of Asia.

According to himself, Sri Lanka has been an incredibly intense experience for Knut Stritzke. For him Sri Lanka was a land of ease, in which he has traveled openly and impartially. He wanted to photograph country and people without prejudice, to bring out the essence of the individual as well as the beauty of nature. He met people who were firmly rooted with both feet on the ground. He wanted to photographically capture any aspects of life, that can be read from those peoples’ eyes and attitudes. The truth is found in the moment. The present contains all, what is essential. You just need to understand, how to read these tracks. Then they will also reveal something about the past and the future.

The photographic recordings have been made on analog color film using a Hasselblad camera. Besides the high quality of the resulting images, this “slow” system allows to get closer to the portrayed people. In order to digitize the limited tonal range of this material best possible, a Nikon Coolscan 9000ED has been used together with SilverFast scanner software.

Knut Stritzke: « Even after all this years, Nikon film scanners are still my first choice, when I am scanning analog image material. I am glad to have found SilverFast, which features far more functionality than Nikon-Scan. For my exhibitions I need the highest quality, which SilverFast provides me! »

Visit the exhibition Sri Lanka’s Smile from May, 24th to August, 24th 2014 in the Grassi Museum in Leipzig, Germany. Come and view Stritzke’s unique images.

Knut Stritzke’s website can be found here.

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Photo Contest – Heartbeat of Nature

April 13th, 2014 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, Distraction, Photography

Heartbeat of Nature – Images of nature that touch the heart. That’s the slogan for an international photo contest organized by German photo festival Zingst and Photokina trade fair. The main prize is a Volkswagen up! Of course, LaserSoft Imaging provides some valuable SilverFast software packages for the contest as well.

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Entering the competition is easy: Just choose three remarkable photos impressively showing the beauty and diversity of nature. Upload them on the contest website. On commonly expressed wish, the participation fee of five Euros per participant will be used, to produce an exhibition catalog including the top 100 images.

Enter the contest before June 15th and upload your images. The award ceremony takes place on German photo trade fair Photokina, September 20th. « We are looking for strong emotional motifs – images of nature that touch the heart – focused on the topical issue of species diversity. »

More infos regarding the contest within this PDF or on

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Photoshop – Support for additional versions

April 10th, 2014 · News, Photoshop, Processing, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 now supports more versions of Photoshop – With version 8.0.1r43 SilverFast 8 now also offers direct connection to Photoshop Elements 11 and 12. With an earlier version, also Photoshop CC has been connected recently. With this option, it is possible to import images directly from your scanner into Photoshop. SilverFast 8 ensures optimal basis data for any further image processing.

  • SilverFast 8 supports Photoshop CS3 to CS6 and CC.
  • SilverFast 8 supports Photoshop Elements 8 to 12.

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MacUser – Review: SilverFast Archive Suite 8

April 7th, 2014 · News, OSX, Reviews, SilverFast

UK Magazine MacUser has reviewed SilverFast Archive Suite 8 – MacUser, a UK based print magazine “for everything Apple, since 1985″ has published a SilverFast Archive Suite 8 review. For testing a CanoScan 9000F Mark II has been used, the latest flatbed scanner model from Canon. SilverFast has been awarded with a rating of 4 out of 5 “mice”, which is a really good result.

MacUser: « SilverFast Archive Suite 8 is undeniably expensive, but it’s an effective professional scanning app, with excellent colour and contrast correction tools. It could still be more intuitive to use, but the WorkflowPilot goes some way towards easing scan setups. »

 You can find the complete review
here as a PDF file.

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Testimonial – Walt Cecil – ETHNOGRAPHICA

March 19th, 2014 · News, Printing, Reviews, SilverFast

Testimonial: Walt Cecil – ETHNOGRAPHICA – Walt Cecil, specialist for antique oriental carpets, has used SilverFast software for many years. He is really enthusiastic about his upgrade to version 8 and PrinTao 8.

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Walt Cecil: « Consequently I have spent many thousands on equipment, ink and paper only to be bewildered and confused by how this is all supposed to work together and often ending up with prints that were only good enough to be trashed.

That all changed when I decided to upgrade my very old version of SilverFast 6 to the
new release 8 and add HDR 8. […] »

Learn more about Walt Cecil’s first experiences with SilverFast 8 and PrinTao 8.

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