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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

(soon available)
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. » 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 (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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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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