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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.


short facts

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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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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