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SilverFast 8.8 will support the upcoming macOS High Sierra

June 8th, 2017 · News, OSX, SilverFast

Advance notice: SilverFast 8.8 will support the upcoming macOS operating system High Sierra (10.13) – SilverFast 8.8 scanner and HDR software runs natively on Intel Mac systems from version OS X 10.7 (including macOS High Sierra). SilverFast is constantly being improved and extended by new features. Check here or directly in your SilverFast software to see if a free update is available for you.

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NEW: Kodachrome Magazine, Issue I

June 7th, 2017 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Photography Books

Kodak launches Kodachrome, A new Magazine for Film and Art Lovers

Kodak’s new magazine features articles from the worlds of art and film. The company deliberately opted for print rather than digital format, demonstrating its love for all things analog. Each issue of Kodachrome includes stories about the different fields of art.

The first issue was released in May in a limited-edition run, with 76 pages of features, photography and illustration. It includes articles about actress and filmmaker Chloë Sevigny, illustrator Tad Carpenter, film artist Isaac Julien, the team behind Kodak’s famous Coloramas and reason why independent magazines today are successful again.

Kodak: « Conceived by Kodak, but about so much more than Kodak – be it writing, sculpture, music, graphics, or all manner of delights in between. Each issue, we bring you stories and conversations from around the globe that showcase our shared fascination with creation, craft and inspiration. »

LaserSoft Imaging congratulates Kodak on the successful launch of its new magazine and wishes a lot of success for the upcoming issues. We are pleased that the trend back towards the analog and, in particular, analog photography continues.

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The Death of Digital Photography as We Know It

May 16th, 2017 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography, Photography Business

Digital camera manufacturers struggle to develop real innovations, consumers do not feel the need to upgrade, the camera market is shrinking significantly.

proMuser’s Global Digital Camera Report shows that total digital camera production is dropping steadily and for January 2017 it has been less than half the most recent high-point in October 2014. One of the market’s main problems: a lack of innovation. Canon released its professional EOS 5D Mk IV in September 2016. The camera is an excellent piece of technology, but Canon had not changed enough from the previous model to encourage customers to upgrade.

Camera reviewer Ken Rockwell about Canon’s 5D Mk IV release: « … Canon didn’t need to; it already has [most features] covered in the 5D Mk III. The 5D series sells very few cameras compared to Canon’s [consumer level] DSLRs, so we ought to be glad that Canon actively develops new models that don’t do much for profits (and eat into sales of other Canon cameras), … »

Photography once has been an entirely analog process, and film photography today experiences some kind of comeback by consumers looking for something new. It is a little bit strange to describe film as “something new”, but a survey by Ilford Photo in 2015 found out that 30 percent of film users were not older than 35 years. 60 percent have started film photography in the last five years.

As digital camera sales stagnate and manufacturers do not success in exciting their customers, the industry would do well to stop ignoring the rebirth of analog film.

You can find the complete article on PetaPixel.com.

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Come visit us at the TexProcess at the Epson Stand B35 in Hall 4

May 10th, 2017 · News, Photography Business, Processing

LaserSoft Imaging at TexProcess – International trade fair for the international garment-manufacturing and textile processing industry – May 9 – 15 in Frankfurt, Germany

We’re introducing our brand-new SilverFast TexColorAnalyzer. SilverFast TexColorAnalyzer turns your scanner into a high-quality measuring tool for textile manufacturing processes. Measure your color and share it on the DMIx network with production stages all around the world for consistent colors throughout the whole process.

After calibrating the scanner with one of LaserSoft Imaging’s own high-quality IT8 charts, the fabric sample is scanned and its color values are transmitted into the DMIx cloud where they can be accessed from all over the world.

SilverFast TexColorAnalyzer reduces the time necessary and the number of samples and test prints significantly.

Profit from the expertise of the three partner companies Epson, ColorDigital and LaserSoft Imaging.

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PrinTao 8 available for additional EPSON and CANON printers

May 5th, 2017 · News, Photography, Photography Business, PrinTao 8, Printing

LaserSoft Imaging’s PrinTao 8 now supports Epson® SureColor SC-P5000 and Canon® imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 Large Format Printers.

With the latest PrinTao 8 update version 8.0r11, we have added two additional printers, the Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-1000 and the Epson SureColor SC-P5000. Owners of these two large format printers can now also benefit from the advantages of PrinTao 8 printing software for MacOS. Whether it has been shot analog or digital, it is a great feeling, to have wonderful self-shot photographs magnified and printed.

PrinTao 8 enables color-true prints without having the user to care about complicated printer drivers. PrinTao 8 takes over the complete color management, thus the user can completely concentrate on his images. With PrinTao 8, color-accurate prints are not a random product.

PrinTao 8 is available for Mac OS X from 10.9 for a variety of Epson and Canon Large Format Printers. The software can be downloaded from the PrinTao 8 website starting at 99.00 Euro for the PRO-1000.

From layouting to color-true printing, PrinTao 8 simplifies the complete process for ambitious hobby photographers and for professionals alike. A clearly structured Start-Pilot allows to quickly select printer, paper type and size as well as the printing quality. PrinTao 8 means effortles professional printing.

For more information on PrinTao 8, just click here.

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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.

(Please click to enlarge)

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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