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SilverFast Training at Computer Advantage

October 30th, 2015 · HowTo, News, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Saving Your Precious Memories

Scanning and Archiving Your Old Film and Photos – Simply Explained, Demystified & Demonstrated

Boris Bischof and Darren Vena from LaserSoft Imaging, will demonstrate the principles of scanning and image reproduction using todays scanners from leading manufacturers such as Epson, Canon and others. Learn how to create beautiful images using SilverFast in a professional setting at a comfortable pace. Now is the time to save those images before they are lost to fading and other degrading elements forever.

Location: Computer Advantage, 7810 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

Here you find more information & registration form. (sold out)

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SilverFast 8 SC2G® Selective Color to Gray

October 23rd, 2015 · HowTo, News, Quicktips, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

SilverFast 8 – Rediscover Black and White Images!

Effortlessly create brilliant Grayscale Images. Our SC2G Movie tells you how.

Using the tool SC2G (Selective Color to Gray), which is included in every SilverFast 8 scanner and HDR software, you can directly control the conversion of primary and secondary colors into shades of gray. A conventional color to black and white image conversion transfers different colors (e.g. red and blue) of similar brightness in very similar shades of gray. As a result, they can be hardly differentiated. With SC2G you have some slider controls to determine, to which gray tones your colors get converted. Thus, a lot more image details remain recognizable and your black and white images look clear and crisp.

Original Photo Using Standard Conversion Using SC2G (Blue -148)

Image Example: The sky appears too dark with the standard color to gray conversion. Using SC2G the sky can be selectively made brighter, without changing the brightness of other objects of the sample. After changing into Grayscale mode and activating the SC2G tool, click into the sky of the sample. Now we want to make the gray representing the sky brighter by using the marked slider control in the SC2G dialog.

More Information on the Feature Website.

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SilverFast 8.5 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

October 13th, 2015 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.5 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan – SilverFast 8.5 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac OS X systems from version 10.7 (including El Capitan 10.11). With the release of version 8.5, the SilverFast System Requirements have been changed, 32 bit operating system support has been discontinued.

Here you find a list of all supported scanners.

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PrinTao 8 Software Review by Vineet Suthan

August 19th, 2015 · Photography, PrinTao 8, Printing, Reviews

DUBAI | Vineet Suthan – PRINTAO 8

Professional Photographer Vineet Suthan introduces PrinTao 8 for Epson and Canon Large Format Printers

Vineet Suthan is a portrait and fashion photographer based in Dubai & Oman. His work appears in numerous publications and has won several international awards. His commercial work includes food, beauty, fashion and product photography. Vineet is always working on new ways to share his passion and knowledge with others, and he hosts photography workshops on a regular basis all over the world.

For digital imaging, Vineet is a big fan of LaserSoft Imaging software products. Recently, he has published a nice PrinTao 8 product review on his blog. PrinTao 8 is a printing solution for Epson and Canon Large Format Printers.

Vineet Suthan: « The reason why I love this product is because you can handle the interface window without ever needing a manual. Now, my prints have different shades of color, improved dynamic contrast, better aliasing and much smoother gradients. […] I can say with sincerity that I highly recommend this product and I encourage you to download a Demo Version today and try it out. »

You can read the complete product review here at

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Visitors at LaserSoft Imaging

August 12th, 2015 · News, Photography Business, SilverFast

Save Photographies for the Future

State Secretary Economic Affairs Dr. Nägele and the newspaper Kieler Nachrichten are visiting LaserSoft Imaging

Copyright: Kieler Nachrichten

KN: What has made it into the archive of a museum or a library, normally should be preserved for all times. However, humidity, light and dust often damage the archival material or even destroy it completely. The software manufacturer LaserSoft Imaging, located in Kiel, Germany, supports cultural institutions all over the world which are scanning their collections of analog image material.

For State Secretary Economic Affairs Frank Nägele the Kiel-based company has a role model character: « Karl-Heinz Zahorsky and his team show us how much potential there is in this country. […] This is the quality of the ,True North’. »

The article of the Kieler Nachrichten can be found here online (German).

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SilverFast SE Plus 8.5 – Printer Calibration

August 6th, 2015 · News, Printing, SilverFast

Available now: Printer Calibration for SilverFast SE Plus 8.5

Maximum Color Precision and Printing Quality for your Inkjet Printer!

SilverFast can create an individual profile for every printer, ink and paper combination. The Printer Calibration always brings out the maximum quality of your originals. Avoiding the high costs of expensive hardware, SilverFast’s new Printer Calibration utilizes an existing scanner as a measuring instrument.

For the release of the SilverFast SE Plus 8.5 printer solution, LaserSoft Imaging has tied up a very special introductory package. The full SilverFast SE Plus edition incl. Printer Calibration is available for only 149.00 Euro. Until end of October, each package* also contains a free Fuji Target (complying international IT8 standards, worth 59.90 Euro).

More Information on the Feature Website.

* When buying within the promotional period you will receive a high-quality 5×7″ reflective Fuji IT8 target for free (RRP 59.90). You only pay shipping costs. This target can be used for calibrating the scanner’s reflective mode.

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SilverFast 8 is Windows 10 compatible

July 30th, 2015 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 is Windows 10 compatible

On July 29th, 2015 Microsoft released the new Windows 10 operating system.

Basically, all SilverFast products which support Windows 8, will run on Windows 10 (64 bit) systems.

The compatibility of the SilverFast scanner software is also dependent on the manufacturer’s device drivers. If you already use SilverFast 8, and if the scanner manufacturer provides Windows 10 -compatible drivers for this device, then you can use your scanner with SilverFast 8 on Windows 10 (64bit) systems.

Further information as well as an up-to-date list of supported scanners you can find here …

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PrinTao 8 supports new EPSON SureColor SC-P800

July 30th, 2015 · News, OSX, PrinTao 8, Printing

PrinTao 8 will support the new EPSON SureColor SC-P800

Now available: Compact 17-Inch Wide Professional Printer with Optional Roll Paper Adapter

The SureColor SC-P800 is Epsons top model in the DIN A2 ProPhoto printers series. With its nine-color UltraChrome HD inkset and auto-switching Photo and Matte Black inks it delivers stunning print quality in an affordable easy-to-operate package. The UltraChrome HD inkset delivers black density never before seen from a pigment ink. The SC-P800 prints up to DIN A2 or 17” wide roll paper.

PrinTao 8 is ready for the new SureColor P800. PrinTao 8 – the Mac OS X printing solution that guarantees maximum print quality, while offering highly efficent handling and ease of use. PrinTao 8 takes over color management and all printer driver settings, allowing you to concentrate entirely on your images.

Right now at the time of product launch, for the SC-P800 only PrinTao 8 offers a variety of profiles for different paper manufacturers’ media. The new version PrinTao 8.0r8 also includes many new Bonjet and Ilford media packages for Epson and Canon printers.

For more information on PrinTao 8, just click here.

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SilverFast 8.5 – Optimized Features for the latest SilverFast Release

July 10th, 2015 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

Optimized Features with the latest SilverFast Release

With the release of the new SilverFast software version 8.5.0r6 there are new or improved features, which contribute to simplify the process of image archiving.

Optimized Frame Detection

The SilverFast Frame Detection has been revolutionized. We developed the IFF+Engine (Intelligent Frame Finding) that intelligently searches for photos, slides and filmstrips, which lie on the flatbed or in the film holder. All image frames are now perfectly found. In addition, the frame outset option ensures that no images are cropped during scanning. Store your images on your hard drive, fast and securely with your SilverFast Archive Suite 8.5.

Open the SilverFast preferences and switch to the “Auto” tab. Enter a value of 5% into the “Find Frames: Outset” text field and a safety addition of this size will be added to all frames when starting the scanning process.

High Resolution Prescan

Enable the “High Resolution Prescan” option, if you want to optimize your images right away with the scanning process. For evaluating tool effects more precisely on a larger preview, you may then zoom up to 8x times into the prescan without having to wait for another preview scan.

Open the SilverFast preferences and switch to the “General” tab. For scanning into the HDRiRAW file format, leave this value at 1x, since scanning into RAW formats grays out all the editing tools.

Individual User Interface Adjustment

The SilverFast user interface can be customized to suit personal preferences. The positioning of tool dialogs can be saved and loaded in the preferences menu.

Drag individual tool dialogs to a suitable position even to your second monitor to have a better overview and to get quick access to the most used features. You can create and save multiple user interface presets for different digitization workflow.

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Detailed Review: SilverFast & EPSON V800

June 23rd, 2015 · Reviews, Scanner, SilverFast

Extensive Test: EPSON Perfection V800 Photo and SilverFast 8

Conclusion: SilverFast 8 is able to greatly enhance image quality, thanks to Multi-Exposure and the IT8 Calibration.

ScanDig is a major European online retailer in the area of photography, color management, digital imaging software with a special focus on film scanners and accessories. Since many years, ScanDig host the website, which is well-known as one of the best information addresses for independent reviews on the web.

ScanDig has recently conducted comprehensive tests series with the Epson V800. They have examined and compared both accompanying programs SilverFast SE 8 and EpsonScan compared. Furthermore, they pointed out the advantages of a SilverFast upgrade to one of the versions SilverFast SE Plus, Ai Studio and Archive Suite.

While the simple office mode from EpsonScan is useful for scanning documents, SilverFast SE shows its true advantages when scanning film material, especially negatives. « The Epson Perfection V800 Photo image quality is fine overall using the enclosed EpsonScan and SilverFast SE 8. However, it can considerably increased thanks to the Multi-Exposure feature coming with SilverFast SE Plus 8. For those wanting to get the maximum image quality out of the scanner, we recommend a professional scanning software like SilverFast Ai Studio 8 with IT8 Color Calibration. »

You can find the complete review article here on (German).


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