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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 filmscanner.info 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.

filmscanner.info: « 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 filmscanner.info (German).

 

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SilverFast 8.5 – Printer Calibration

May 28th, 2015 · News, Printing, SilverFast

Available now: New SilverFast Printer Calibration

Maximum Color Precision and Printing Quality for your Inkjet Printer!

You are using SilverFast 8 for some time, to digitize your photos, slides and film strips, for archiving your memories of the past? With the new SilverFast 8.5 Printer Calibration you are now enabled to print these memories in convincing image quality – easily at home with your inkjet printer. Your images should not be just stored on your hard drive, but inspire you and others, for example as posters at home, as a calendar in the office or as a gift for the next family celebration.

Having the new SilverFast Printer Calibration you will work just as color-accurate and brilliant like a professional. With SilverFast you can create an individual profile for each combination of printer, ink and paper. You can always rely to obtain best results, when your scanner and printer are ICC profiled. The SilverFast Printer Calibration utilizes your scanner as a measurement device, further expensive accessories are not required.

More Information on the Feature Website.

 

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PrinTao 8 supports new EPSON SureColor SC-P800

May 8th, 2015 · News, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing

PrinTao 8 will support the new EPSON SureColor SC-P800

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

Designed for professional use, the SureColor P800 is a full 17-inch wide borderless printer with unique Epson® MicroPiezo® AMCTM printhead technology. Leveraging an all-new Epson UltraChrome® HD eight-color pigment ink set, the SureColor P800 is capable of producing the next generation of color and black-and-white prints that will inspire us all.

PrinTao 8 is ready for the new SureColor P800. PrinTao 8 – the Mac OS X printing solution that guarantees maximum print quality with an easily understandable but efficient handling. PrinTao 8 takes over color management and all printer driver settings, allowing you to concentrate solely on your images.

For more information on PrinTao 8, just click here.
 

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SilverFast JobMonitor – The iPhone App

April 30th, 2015 · News, Processing, SilverFast

Available now: SilverFast JobMonitor The iPhone App

Download the JobMonitor App from the App Store for free!

This App is an iOS monitor for keeping track of scanning and image processing jobs performed by main application SilverFast 8.5. The App serves as a status monitor for the SilverFast JobManager. The JobMonitor is included with SilverFast Ai Studio, HDR (Studio) and Archive Suite.

For scanning or processing large image files in SilverFast 8.5, the new JobMonitor App will comfortably display the progress of these scans or image optimization jobs on your iPhone, iPad or iPod using a Wi-Fi connection. You will find a preview image and a progress bar for every single image item enlisted on your current job queue. If a Wi-Fi connection is not available, a Push Notification will notify you once your scanner has finished its current job.

 
 
 
 
 
« Fantastic, having the JobMonitor App I no longer need to sit next to the scanner waiting for my high-resolution batch scanning to complete. I can devote myself to other tasks and I will automatically be notified when SilverFast has finished. I’ve been waiting a long time for exactly this feature. »

Felix Austerlitz (Photographer)

 

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TIPA Awards 2015 – the Winners

April 15th, 2015 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing, Scanner, SilverFast

TIPA Awards 2015 – the Winners

The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has announced the winners of the annual awards for photo and imaging products for the past year.

Best Photo Scanner: Epson Perfection V850 Pro
The Photo Scanner category has not been included in the TIPA Awards selections for many years, but the introduction of the Epson Perfection V850 Pro inspired members to bring it back. The V850 Pro allows for scanning of all film sizes up to 4×5 inches using the supplied frames, and up to 8×10 inches without them. Our recommendation is to upgrade the included SilverFast 8 Software.

Best Photo Printer: Epson SureColor SC P-600
This 8-color photo printer features sheet and roll feed, the ability to print on CDs and DVDs, and USB and Ethernet connections plus wireless options. Its Epson UltraChrome HD ink has been reformulated and it features a new Epson print engine and screening technology, as well as ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters to enhance print quality. We suggest using the P-600 with PrinTao 8 for just 99,-

 

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SilverFast 8.5 – Newsletter & Press Release

April 1st, 2015 · News, Photography Business, Scanner, SilverFast, Video

Newsletter & Press Release

We have just released a newsletter introducing SilverFast 8.5 and its new feature highlights. This Newsletter also includes new feature movies and a limited discount offer for new customers. The update to SilverFast 8.5 is free for customers owning a SilverFast 8 license.

SilverFast 8.5 Press Release

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SilverFast 8.5 – New Feature Highlights

March 26th, 2015 · HDR, News, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

New Feature Highlights with SilverFast 8.5 – With the release of new SilverFast software version 8.5.0r2, SilverFast will obtain new functionality that will make the lossless (“non-destructive”) workflow even more efficient*.

HDRiRAW Raw Data Format

A Key Element is the new file format HDRiRAW, a raw data format including infrared data for dust and scratch removal iSRD. HDRiRAW provides an ideal starting point for a non-destructive workflow. Rather than calculating image optimizations directly into the image data created by the scanner, such information is now stored as meta-data. Thus, the user is allowed to undo or further correct any setting at any time. Feature Website

Revised JobManager

After scanning into the new HDRiRAW format, the JobManager is used for the efficient batch processing of image optimizations. For this purpose, a multitude of tool settings can be comfortably copied from image to image. This enables an image series consisting of thousands of files to be automatically processed in batch mode. Feature Website

JobMonitor iPhone App

Lastly, the new software comes equipped with an iOS app, integrating the luxury of mobile devices into the archiving workflow. The app serves as a status monitor for the new JobManager. It displays scanning progress, image processing and preview images on an iPhone or iPad. Feature Website
* Note: The new features are included with SilverFast Ai Studio, HDR (Studio) and Archive Suite.

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CeBIT 2015 – LaserSoft Imaging at Epson & Plustek

March 10th, 2015 · analogue photography, HDR, News, Photography Business, SilverFast

Unveiled at CeBIT: SilverFast 8.5

This year’s CeBIT trade fair will take place from March 16th to March 20th in Hannover, Germany. LaserSoft Imaging will present a wide range of applications and solutions.

For the first time, the new software SilverFast version 8.5 will be introduced. This new release will include a new file format, a revised JobManager and a feature to integrate mobile iOS devices (e.g. iPhone) using a special app. This means: New simplicity of handling, but greater safety, productivity and flexibility as cornerstones on which the new developments have been planned. This is only available with SilverFast.

As in previous years, we will not just present hardware and software together with our partners, but integrated solutions for concrete problems. The relaunch of the Plustek OpticFilm 120 will certainly be a big attraction for visitors at the Plustek booth (Hall 3, F29). Hardware and software modifications will let this medium format scanner appear in a completely new look. Now it can be used as a high-quality archiving solution.

In cooperation with Epson, we will introduce special solutions for the area of Medical, Office and Archiving (Hall 7, A39). For example, we will show at the fair, why using a dedicated software is required for the process of issuing identity cards, and how to create a high-quality digital archive of analog image and object originals in no time.

Visit our specialists at CeBIT – we look forward to meet you:
Epson – in Hall 7, Booth A39
Plustek – in Hall 3, Booth F29

 

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PC Magazine – Digitizing Slides and Negatives using SilverFast Ai Studio 8

January 22nd, 2015 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Reviews, SilverFast

The online edition of the German IT magazine “PC Magazin“ features a fairly detailed presentation of the current SilverFast 8 scanner and digital imaging software. The article reviews scanning, archiving and optimizing analog image originals using the various SilverFast versions as well as many SilverFast features in detail.

PC Magazin: « A 64-bit HDRi scan consists of three RGB color channels of 3 x 16 bits, where the maximum available Dynamic Range in the template‘s darker areas is achievable as an HDR image by a second scan with a longer exposure time (SilverFast Multi-Exposure functionality). The second exposure also effectively reduces image noise. As a fourth 16-bit channel an infrared mask for a subsequent error correction is appended.

Tip: Unlike other software, SilverFast does not calculate the infrared data directly into the image information, but includes them as a separate channel. Therefore, with the later image optimization process an individually adjusted dust and scratch removal can be performed.

Conclusion: Using the SilverFast 64-bit HDRi feature, digital images of slides and negatives suitable for archiving can be achieved without any expert knowledge. For an intermediate sized photo archive the investment of buying a scanner along with SilverFast software will already be lower priced than to commission a service provider from the web. Also very important: Your precious originals remain safely at home. »

pc-magazin.de is a rich source of inspiration, guidance and practical applications of IT equipment for ambitious and professional users with a strong interest in topics like PCs, IT and web technologies.

Read the complete article here on www.pc-magazin.de. (German)
 

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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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