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Presenting a nice blend of News, Tips and Tutorials from LaserSoft Imaging

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 22nd, 2014 · News, SilverFast

We would like to thank you for trusting in us and in our software and we would like to wish a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year for you and your families.

The new HQ Preview (High-Quality Preview)

The HQ Preview is a tool that highly magnifies a small image area and thus makes it assessable. Only SilverFast is able to show the final scan result including image optimization on the monitor prior to the actual scan.

Watch our
HQ Preview Movie


Different Types of Preview

  • HQ Preview: A high-resolution preview scan is performed for the entire image and all tool settings and image optimization effects will be calculated for the complete image. The detail of this end result proof can be moved using the yellow frame in the Navigator window. Thus, individual tool effects can be quickly reviewed in different areas of the image.
  • 1:1 Preview: For an exact estimation of the effect of a tool, such as iSRD, an especially high-resolution preview scan is made. In the Navigator dialog, a yellow frame indicates the small image detail, for which all active tools are calculated and shown in the preview. Moving this yellow frame around always requires a recalculation of all tool effects on the preview.
  • normal Preview: SilverFast shows the entire preview scan in the overview window. Tool settings and effects are shown by approximation.


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Canadian Camera Magazine about PrinTao 8

December 12th, 2014 · OSX, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing

Canadian Camera Magazine reviews PrinTao 8 software for large format printers – There was overall agreement that PrinTao 8 produced a preferred print result to using Photoshop as the print driver.

Canadian Camera Magazine: « When comparing the color prints from the 3880, using Photoshop as the print manager rather than PrinTao8, the preferred print was the PrinTao 8 result. The prints seemed to be slightly lighter in overall tone. The colors are very realistic, and closely match the calibrated monitor screen, the first time. Rick attributes this to the ICC profiles that are built into the PrinTao 8 software. […] The CAPA members who viewed the (blind test) prints pretty much agreed with the comments above. There was overall agreement that PrinTao 8 produced a preferred print result to using Photoshop as the print driver. »

Complete Article

PDF: Canadian Camera Magazine about PrinTao 8


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December 8th, 2014 · analogue photography, Distraction, News, Photography, SilverFast

In early September and LaserSoft Imaging have announced a photo contest and asked people to send in their best photos they like to participate in an exhibition:

Lomography: Have you ever thought that your photos were worthy of having its own exhibit? Well, maybe it is! Lomography and LaserSoft Imaging are teaming up once again in order to showcase you and your photographs! We want to see your best photos that are exhibit worthy because the grand prize winner will get an exhibition in the Lomography gallery store. So get your cameras, and start shooting!


From a total of 864 wonderful submissions, the winners have been chosen. Congratulations from LaserSoft Imaging! We would like to contribute some software packages:

  • 1. place – Toby Mason (PrinTao 8)
  • 2. place – Reiga Stratocaster (SilverFast Archive Suite 8)
  • 3. place – BeBop BeBop (SilverFast Archive Suite SE 8)
  • 4. place – Mok (SilverFast Ai Studio 8)

The winning photos and many more amazing shots are currently exhibited in the Lomography Gallery Store New York (41 West 8th Street). For this exhibition, all winning photos have been printed on an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 using PrinTao 8, the fantastic new printing solution for large format printers.

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Special Launch Price for EPSON V800 & V850

December 4th, 2014 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

The Epson V800 Photo already comes with SilverFast SE 8, the Epson V850 Pro includes SilverFast SE Plus 8. With an inexpensive upgrade to premium versions Ai Studio 8 or Archive Suite 8, you can benefit from additional highlights such as automatic IT8 Calibration and JobManager. Having a batch scanning functionality including automatic frame detection, both scanners are ideal for archiving large image collections using SilverFast‘s own HDRi RAW data format. An optimal basis for an effective lossless (“non-destructive”) image optimization workflow.

Additional information and the upgrade to Ai Studio 8 for a special launch price of € 79,00 (SE Plus)and € 99,00 (SE) can be found here.


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SilverFast 8 for reflecta RPS 10M & ProScan 10T

November 6th, 2014 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of two further scanners. Our scanner software is now available for the new devices reflecta RPS 10M and reflecta ProScan 10T. Try SilverFast 8 now for free.New scanners supported with SilverFast 8.2.0r2:

  • reflecta RPS 10M
  • reflecta ProScan 10T

Both scanners digitize 35mm film strips and framed 35mm slides. The RPS 10M features an automatic feeder for filmstrips of up to 36 images. Where the ProScan 10T has the usual fixed focus, the RPS 10M using its auto-focus is able to compensate slight variations in sharpness levels of individual originals.


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SilverFast 8 – New Resolution Slider

October 31st, 2014 · News, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

SilverFast 8 now with revised Resolution Slider – Many users always scan using the highest resolution, the scanner will allow. This way, they hope to get the best scans possible. But this is often not the case. To facilitate setting an obtainable scan resolution, we have adjusted SilverFast with the latest version 8.2.0r2 and revised the functionality of the Resolution Slider located down in the Scan dimensions dialog.

Learn more about our new Resolution Slider and read our latest newsletter here.

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SilverFast 8 for EPSON V800 & V850

October 23rd, 2014 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 has been successfully adapted to the individual hardware specifications of two further scanners. SilverFast 8 scanner software is now available for the new devices Epson Perfection V800 Photo and Perfection V850 Pro. Try SilverFast 8 now for free.New scanners supported with SilverFast 8.2.0r1:

  • Epson Perfection V800 Photo
  • Epson Perfection V850 Pro

SilverFast Archive Suite 8

The Archive Suite 8 is a software package for scanning and optimization. Using the batch scan functionality with automatic frame detection, the Epson V800/ V850 is ideal for archiving large image collections into SilverFast’s own HDRi RAW data format. The optimum basis for an effective, non-destructive optimization workflow. The Archive Suite features all highlights of SilverFast Ai Studio and additional HDR software including VLT for image processing.


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SilverFast 8 supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

October 20th, 2014 · News, OSX, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 supports Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite – SilverFast 8 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac OS X systems from version 10.5 (including 10.10 Yosemite). 32bit computers will be supported as well as 64bit systems.

Here you find a list of all supported scanners.

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Professional Photographer – PrinTao 8

October 13th, 2014 · Photography Business, Printing

Professional Photographer magazine – For more than 100 years, Professional Photographer, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, has helped readers advance careers in the photographic industry. Each issue contains practical yet cutting-edge lessons in the artistic, business, and technological aspects of professional photography.

Recently, Professional Photographer has posted an article about LaserSoft Imaging’s new printing solution for EPSON & CANON Large Format Printers – PrinTao 8.

Ellis Vener on PrinTao 8 – Why should you consider using it? The simple answer is that it takes the frustration out of printing. The interface could not be easier to understand and navigate. […] Whether you do your own printing, or have someone else in your studio do it for you, even a new intern, you’ll be up and running in a few minutes.

Read the complete article on

Learn more about PrinTao 8.

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Photo Highlight 2014 – Photokina for Everyone

September 1st, 2014 · News, Photography Business, SilverFast

photokina 2014 – Visit us and learn more about SilverFast 8 and PrinTao 8 software.
This year, LaserSoft Imaging is more present at photokina than ever before. Our products will be shown at a total of five stands. Visit us from September 16 to 21 in Cologne. You will find us at the following stands:

  • Epson (SilverFast 8 & PrinTao 8) – Hall 02.2 – Stands B011, C010, C011, C012
  • Plustek (SilverFast 8) – Hall 03.1 – Stands B004, C007
  • Monochrom (PrinTao 8) – Hall 02.1 – Stand C026
  • Canson (PrinTao 8) – Hall 03.1 – Stands A016, B019
  • Tecco (PrinTao 8) – Hall 04.1 – Stand F037

photokina: « Every two years there is one focal point in the sector: photokina, the world’s leading imaging fair. photokina brings together the industry, trade, professional users and end consumers with a passion for photography — in a way no other event can match. Be sure you don’t miss the world’s most important platform for placing orders, gathering information and enjoying exciting experiences — from September 16 to 21, 2014 in Cologne. »

SilverFast 8

At the stands of Epson and Plustek, we would like to demonstrate our latest SilverFast 8 software release in combination with the current scanner devices from both manufacturers.

We will put a particular focus on our SilverFast Archive Suite 8 for digitizing photos, slides and negatives quickly and reliably. Create your RAW data archive and optimize your images with your individual and non-destructive imaging workflow.


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September, 16th – 21st, 2014

daily 10:00 – 18:00

Exhibition Centre, Cologne-Deutz

Messeplatz 1

50679 Köln

1.200 suppliers – photokina is the leading international trade fair for the entire photographic and imaging sector. It is the only event in the world that offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets – for consumers and professionals alike.

PrinTao 8

Also at the Epson booth and at the Monochrom, Canson and Tecco stands, we present our new PrinTao 8 software. PrinTao 8 is an easy-to-use printing solution for Epson and Canon Large Format Printers.

Our brand-new iPhone PrinTao 8 IC (Image Connector) app connects your iPhone directly to PrinTao 8 on your Mac. Please feel free, to bring your own images to photokina. You are invited to have it printed using PrinTao 8, taking a brilliant large format print home with you.

According to the slogan: “Activate your Megapixels. PRINT!” The range of detail today’s image sensors are able to capture can only be completely utilized on prints.

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