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That was the CeBIT 2017 trade fair

April 3rd, 2017 · News, Photography Business, SilverFast

Successful week for LaserSoft Imaging at CeBIT 2017 trade fair!

Every year, the masses surge to the world’s largest IT fair in Hanover, Germany. And for many years, they are also visiting our LaserSoft Imaging booth to find out about the topics of scanning, image archiving and image processing.

As a longtime official co-exhibitor of our partner EPSON, we were again present at the EPSON booth in order to present the use of the high-quality EPSON devices with our SilverFast software in practice.

Representatives of local authorities and municipalities as well as IT merchants were particularly interested in our products of the Office series. Our special solutions the OfficeScan&Print MFP EP-2000 and OfficePrinter EP-500 are optimized for being used in offices and government agencies. They ensure ICAO-compliant scanning and printing results. hese devices support the DIGANT process of the German Bundesdruckerei, but are also ideally suited as normal office scanners and printers. (More information on www.OfficeScanner.de, German)

Analog photography is alive. More and more photographers are moving back to analog devices. Thus, film maker Kodak has recently reissued a discontinued film. Therewith, the need for digital archiving of cultural history documents and objects is growing and growing. Through destruction and loss, cultural heritage is lost. Even with optimum storage conditions, the loss of image information of analog film material continues over the years.

We would like to thank our numerous visitors, among others Dirk Loßack (State Secretary for Education), for an exciting CeBIT week and the company EPSON for the successful trade fair organization.

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LaserSoft Imaging auf der CeBIT

March 15th, 2017 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography, Photography Business, SilverFast

LaserSoft Imaging auf der CeBIT

“Warum Sie jetzt Ihre Bilder scannen und archivieren müssen!”

Die diesjährige CeBIT findet vom 20. März bis 24. März statt und auch in diesem Jahr wird sich LaserSoft Imaging in Hannover wieder ganz dem Thema “Scannen und Archivieren” widmen. Vor Ort werden wir den Besuchern unser breites Spektrum an Anwendungen und Lösungen vorstellen.


Gemeinsam mit unserem langjährigen Partner EPSON werden wir unsere speziellen Lösungen für Privatanwender, aber auch für kulturhistorische Institutionen, wie Archive, Museen und Bibliotheken, präsentieren. Wir demonstrieren Ihnen praxisnah, warum der Einsatz der richtigen Software Zeit und Kosten sparen kann und welches digitale Bildformat für ihr Digitalisierungsprojekt das richtige ist. Erfahren Sie außerdem, warum es gerade jetzt notwendig ist, sich intensiv mit dem Aufbau eines digitalen Archivs der eigenen analogen Bild-Vorlagen zu befassen und wie hilfreich die intelligente SilverFast Staub- und Kratzerentfernung dabei ist.

Wir sind offizieller Mitaussteller unseres Partners EPSON und Sie finden uns
am EPSON-Stand in Halle 3, Stand D17.

Sie haben noch keine Eintrittskarte für die CeBIT?

Schreiben Sie uns per Mail an cebit2017@silverfast.com und berichten Sie über ihr nächstes Scan-Projekt.
Unter allen Einsendern verlosen wir eine von 100 CeBIT-Eintrittskarten.

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New Features included with the latest SilverFast Version 8.8.0r8

February 28th, 2017 · HDR, News, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

The new SilverFast version 8.8.0r8 has been released and brings some new features, which we would like to introduce to you below. The ICC profile you are using is now displayed directly, SilverFast has a full screen view and the SilverFast ColorServer Edition includes a new Setup-Pilot.

New Scanner: SilverFast 8.8 now also supports the Plustek OpticPro A 320.

Display of the currently used ICC Profile

SilverFast now displays the input profile used for the current scan or image processing job just left below the preview window. Now you can make sure you have selected the correct ICC profile with just a quick look. You may change the profile used in the “Preferences” in the “CMS” tab at the “Input” entry. SilverFast includes a whole range of scanner-specific input profiles, and if you are using SilverFast Ai Studio‘s scanner calibration, you will create your own individual ICC profiles.





Full Screen View and “Lights off” View

SilverFast now features a full screen view for a better evaluation of your image optimizations. All tools fade out and your image is shown enlarged on a black background. This allows you to concentrate completely on your desired image. Press the «ESC» key to exit full screen view. The “Lights off” button hides the tools without magnifying the image. (The “Lights off” view is available in SilverFast Ai Studio and SilverFast HDR Studio, the full screen view only in SilverFast HDR Studio.)





Setup-Pilot for the ColorServer

Using the SilverFast ColorServer you will process and optimize your images fully automatically. You create HotFolders and sets of image processing rules. SilverFast monitors your Hotfolders and applies your rules to all image files, which get stored in your Hotfolders. Compared to a manual adjustment of processing parameters for each individual image you can save a lot of work and time using the ColorServer.

In order to make it easier for you to create HotFolders, the SilverFast ColorServer now features a Setup-Pilot. This Setup-Pilot will guide you through the creation of a HotFolder step by step, explaining all the options and settings. It’s that easy.

More information on the ColorServer can be found on our website.

If you have questions about using the ColorServer or if you are interested to try a test installation, please contact: colorserver@silverfast.com

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SilverFast Training at Computer Advantage enters next round

February 27th, 2017 · HowTo, News, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Training: Scanning and Archiving Your Old Film and Photos

The 2hour-SilverFast Training at Computer Advantage will be held by Boris Bischof, US Director of LaserSoft Imaging. Moving along the contemporary principles of scanning and image reproduction in a friendly atmosphere, you will learn about different workflows and how to create beautiful images using SilverFast. The training takes place at a comfortable pace in a professional setting with todays scanners from leading manufacturers such as Epson, Canon and others.

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

Date and Time: March 30, 2017

  1. Training: 02:00 pm to 04:00 pm or
  2. Training: 04:30 pm to 06.30 pm

Participation Fee: $ 49,-

To enroll for the training, please e-mail to training@silverfast.com

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Hotrod Shooting – 300 Megapixel – Analog vs Digital

February 13th, 2017 · News

Markus Hofstaetter has photographed a hotrod in a customer’s order – digital and also analog.

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Markus Hofstaetter, award-winning professional photographer from Austria, gets a very special task from a customer: He is supposed to photograph the customer’s hotrod, an old and specially converted American car, in the highest possible resolution for a huge printout. The customer’s dog should sit on the fender. Not an easy task.

For this challenge Hofstaetter decides to need a resolution of about 300 megapixels. Therefore, on the one hand he puts together a 24-part panoramic image with his digital camera and on the other hand he shoots an analog image with his large format camera. Both images were presented to the customer for decision.

Markus Hofstaetter: « I’m so happy that the customer chose the Analog version, it fits so much better to the car. I’m pretty sure, that this cars were shot with large format cameras too back then. »

You can find the complete blog entry and further images here at Markus Hofstaetter’s blog.


This shows that analog photography is still useful today in the digital age. There are countless slides and film strips, which are still lying on roofs and in slide magazines or shoeboxes and are waiting to get digitized and, if necessary, optimized by retouching. and the usage of analog cameras is increasing. In order to address this trend, Kodak is even reviving the popular Ektachrome film due to many customer requests.

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New Epson Expression 12000 XL

February 1st, 2017 · News

SilverFast and Epson Expression 12000 XL: New large-format scanner for highest quality demands

The new Expression 12000XL keeps up the strengths of its predecessor; its high resolution, the manual and automatic focus and the optional transparency unit make it a hiqh quality scanner not only for your photos, but also for slides, 35mm film strips and larger film formats. You’ll benefit from the scanner’s full potential with the bundled SilverFast Ai IT8 software with automatic color calibration.

The packaged SilverFast software as usual offers a scope of functions that you’ll need for the digitization of your images, like histogram, gradation curve, color cast removal with up to 4 neutral points, dust and scratch removal and various color correction tools.

For the quick and efficient digitization of your images with our raw data concept, we recommend to upgrade to SilverFast Archive Suite.

The Epson Expression 12000XL with SilverFast Ai IT8 and LaserSoft Imaging IT8 charts will soon be available on the market.

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SilverFast now supports 4K monitors!

October 10th, 2016 · News, SilverFast

SilverFast now supports 4K monitors! – Starting with 8.8.0r6, SilverFast supports 4K monitors. The user interface is displayed correctly from this version on for the typical Ultra HD (UHD) resolutions of 4K monitors.

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SilverFast 8.8 supports macOS Sierra

September 28th, 2016 · News, OSX, SilverFast

SilverFast 8.8 supports macOS Sierra (10.12) – SilverFast 8.8 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac systems from version OS X 10.7 (including macOS Sierra). With the release of version 8.8, 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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Visit us at photokina

September 14th, 2016 · News, Photography, Photography Business

The photokina fair, world leading fair for photo, video and the imaging branch as such takes place in Cologne from 20th to 25th September. Discover innovations and trends around the image from 10am to 6pm.

As partner at the Epson stand, LaserSoft Imaging presents its SilverFast Archive Suite: a flexible and safe to use complete solution for the digitization of photos, slides and filmstrips which doesn’t require any further processing in Photoshop.


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Over time, analog pictures lose quality and color; they even are at risk of fungal attacks (cf. Picture). As partner at the Epson stand, LaserSoft Imaging thus presents its SilverFast Archive Suite: a flexible and safe to use complete solution for the digitization of slides, filmstrips and photos which doesn’t require any further processing in Photoshop.

Bye, bye dust and scratches: SilverFast SRDx and Clone-Tool form a strong team against any type of defect. Dust, scratches and fingerprints present no difficulty to the combination of automatic and manual correction. SRDx thus is the ideal solution for all images for which the infrared-based dust and scratch removal is not available – even for images that have been scanned already without infrared-based correction.

Come and visit us at the Epson stand (hall 02.2, stand B011 & C012) at photokina 2016. We are looking forward to present to you our solution in the areas of scanning, processing and printing.

For more information on our trade fair presentations and demonstrations, please visit our photokina website.

We are looking forward to meet you!
Your LaserSoft Imaging Team

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PrinTao 8 for EPSON SureColor SC-P Series

August 16th, 2016 · News, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing

PrinTao 8 supports new EPSON SureColor Large Format Printers:

24″ Printers: SC-P6000 and SC-P7000 (LLK)
44″ Printers: SC-P8000 and SC-P9000 (LLK)


With the new SureColor SC-P series Epson introduces four large format printers, which feature printing widths of 24″ or 44″ and are therefore optimally suited for the professional use in the fields of Fine Art, Photo and Proofing. A particular advantage is their ability to accurately reproduce a very large color space. The SC-P6000 and the SC-P8000 are using the Epson UltraChrome HD ink with eight colors, while the models SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 are using UltraChrome HDx ink with ten colors. The UltraChrome HD inks and the Epson PrecisionCore printhead guarantee consistent and high-quality durable prints that cover up to 98% of the Pantone color space.

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.

For more information on PrinTao 8, just click here.

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