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Detailed test of SilverFast 9 in the FotoVideo (CZ)

February 23rd, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Reviews, SilverFast

« Save your analog images, it has never been so easy »

Preserve memories and digitize your old analog film material – this is the motto for the leading Czech photo magazine FotoVideo to take a very close look at the new SilverFast 9 scanner software.

This article points out the need to build up digital scan archives and illustrates why SilverFast 9 is the appropriate software for this. The FotoVideo considers the optimized WorkflowPilot, the new SAC (Single Archive Command) functionality as well as the advantages of performing Multi-Exposure scans.

You may also like to read the entire test report as a PDF.

Cover FotoVideo

FotoVideo Conclusion:
« We recommend using this additional software and we are sure that LaserSoft Imaging will further expand its market leadership in the area of scanner software with the release of its new SilverFast 9. »

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GOLD AWARD – The DigiFoto (NL) has tested SilverFast 9

February 17th, 2021 · analogue photography, News, Photography, Processing, Reviews, Scanner, SilverFast

« SilverFast has been the crème de la crème of scanner software for years. »

DigiFoto, one of the leading Dutch photo magazines, took a closer look at the new SilverFast 9 scanner software and subjected it to a detailed practical test with an Epson Perfection V850. The testers focused on the comprehensively optimized WorkflowPilot and on the new, unique SAC (Single Archive Command).

The DigiFoto confirms that the WorkflowPilot can now guide a less experienced user through the complete scanning process. The Single Archive Command, which is especially suitable for large archives, was particularly impressive because of the significantly increased speed for raw data scanning. This feature is available in the SilverFast Archive Suite.

Cover DigiFoto
DigiFoto Conclusion:
« SilverFast remains the standard by which any other scanning software has to be measured, and version 9 sets the bar even higher. This upgrade is especially interesting for photographers who want to digitize large archives, and for “scan laymen” who want to achieve high-quality scans without delving too much into all technical details. »

Convince yourself of SilverFast 9 and test our free demo software.

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SilverFast supports new Filmstrip Scanners from Reflecta and PIE

February 9th, 2021 · News, Processing, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast is now available for a new scanner category: for the filmstrip scanners. SilverFast now supports the Reflecta PF135 and the PIE PowerFilm. These two new scanners are true specialists for digitizing filmstrips, as they can scan the strips automatically.


Both devices are able to automatically scan ten 35mm filmstrips or 60 images with just a single click. This makes them particularly suitable for digitizing large collections of filmstrips within a short period of time. With our special editions SilverFast HDR Studio + PF135-Scan and SilverFast HDR Studio + PowerFilm-Scan you can scan your filmstrips acquiring the best possible quality and generating lossless raw data images, which you can afterwards edit and optimize conveniently using SilverFast.

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Happy and Peaceful Holidays!

December 23rd, 2020 · Distraction, News, SilverFast

Dear customers, partners and interested photo lovers,

An eventful year is drawing to a close. The corona virus has turned the world as we knew it completely upside down. We have all been directly or indirectly affected by Covid-19 and are struggling with it regarding health, social activities and economic terms. We really hope you and your families and friends are fine and that you have found a way to deal with the situation.

Of course, year 2020 was a very special one for us as well, but in the end we are proud that our team managed despite all adverse circumstances to develop the best SilverFast software that ever existed. Especially in winter, many of you spend your time on scanning your old analog images using SilverFast and thus saving these photographic memories for the future. We would like to thank you most sincerely for your many years of loyalty. If you would like to upgrade to our new version, you can take advantage of our additional 15% introductory discount on the new SilverFast 9 software until January 10, 2021.

We wish you a happy holiday season and we keep our fingers crossed that you find rest for a moment in these turbulent times. Maybe you can use the days for looking at some old photos with your loved ones and indulge in wonderful memories.

With confidence we look forward to next year and we really hope, you can look optimistically into the future too. Always keep your courage and continue to be loyal to photography.

Best Regards from your Team LaserSoft Imaging

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Black Weekend – Black Deals

November 27th, 2020 · News, PrinTao 8, SilverFast

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PhotoKlassik Academy – Scanning and Hybrid Processing

February 24th, 2020 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Processing, Tips and Tutorials

One-day workshop on Saturday February 29th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. This PhotoKlassik Academy workshop “Hybrid Processing” is aimed at photographers who want to digitally process analog film material or who want to convert digitally captured images into analog negatives or positives. The strategies for long-term digital archiving of analog image materials will also be covered.

Content of the workshop – theory and practice – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Overview of different scanner types and software
  • Digitization using a digital camera
  • Scanning with specialized film scanners (Plustek small picture and middle format, Heidelberg drum scanner)
  • File formats for negatives, slides, b/w and color films and glass plates
  • Resolution and color depth
  • Color management, ICC profiles and more
  • SilverFast and the HDRi RAW raw data concept
  • Organization, data backup and archiving
  • Post processing
  • Production of analog negatives from digital files
  • Pigment printing as an alternative to analog printing

More info on the workshop and subscription
here on www.eventbrite.de (German)

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The most accurate IT8 scanner calibration ever!

January 30th, 2020 · analogue photography, News, Photography Business, SilverFast

ISO committee approves new target layouts for scanner calibration – Fogra confirms conformity of new Advanced Targets from LaserSoft Imaging.

A scanner calibration according to the IT8 standard is important for measuring the individual color vision behavior of a scanner and for creating a color profile for this device. With the revision of its standard, the ISO is responding to the new requirements that have arisen from digital printing. The “Advanced IT8 Targets” from LaserSoft Imaging according to ISO standard 12641-2 – with more measuring fields for more accuracy – are now available at an introductory price.

You can currently purchase the Advanced Targets with an introductory discount of 10% through our Online Store.

Read the complete press release here or find out more about our “Advanced Targets” on our website for scanner calibration.

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24 Days special Offers & Surprises

December 2nd, 2019 · Humour, News, PrinTao 8, Scanner, SilverFast

We have a special gift for you this Holiday Season! As we count down the days to Christmas, we would like to share with you our SilverFast Advent Calendar to help fill your holidays with cheer! In our Calendar, you will find surprise discounts and special offers occurring every day during the 24 days of Advent. You can find our special calendar here

Beginning on December 1st, a new Advent Calendar window will be opened each day, revealing all sorts of great bargains! But please note: Each individual offer is only valid on the specific day that the window is to be opened. So remember to visit us regularly and take advantage of our unique offers and discounts on IT8 targets, scanner software and more.

Check out our SilverFast Advent Calendar 2019


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SilverFast at the FOTOEXPO.CZ in Prague

October 23rd, 2019 · analogue photography, Digital Photography, News, Photography, Photography Business, SilverFast

On Saturday, the largest Czech photo exhibition FOTOEXPO.CZ took place in Prague. The Czech photographer Petr Šálek – an advanced user of our SilverFast software, who has also given several workshops on “Scanning with SilverFast” in the past – led the SilverFast booth. Together with his two assistants he convinced many photo enthusiastic fair visitors of the benefits of our SilverFast scanner software.

The well-attended trade fair was an ideal opportunity to address the issue of “setting up a digital image archive” and to point out the need to digitize analog image material. The pictures on the right show some impressions from the FOTOEXPO.CZ 2019.

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PhotoKlassik Akademie – Film Noir Workshop & Analog Today Workshop

September 23rd, 2019 · analogue photography, HowTo, News, Photography, Photography Business, SilverFast

Workshop 1: Film Noir

PhotoKlassik Akademie: Film Noir Workshop from November 9th to 10th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. In this workshop, the tutors Marwan El-Mozayen and Andreas Waldeck intend to introduce the participants to the basics and typical elements of the Film Noir genre in theory and practice. Subsequently, the developed films will be scanned using SilverFast. (The workshop will be held in German language.)

Film Noir Workshop from November 9th to 10th(Click to enlarge)

Contents of the workshop

  • Part 1: Theoretical aspects, i.a.
    • Basics of the Film Noir genre
    • Development of a shooting plan
    • Location Scouting
    • Lighting, exposure measurement
    • Suitable film materials
  • Part 2: Photo shooting
    • Construction and calibration of lighting technology
    • Shooting with professional models
  • Part 3: Development & digitization
    • Development of the exposed B/W films
    • Enlargement to high-quality papers using the splitgrade method
    • Digitization of the film with SilverFast

Further information and registration for the workshop can be found here on www.eventbrite.de (German). Using coupon code « SilverFast10 » you get 10% discount on the participation fee.


Workshop 2: Analog Today – Workshop for creative professionals

PhotoKlassik Akademie: Analog Today – Workshop for creative professionals from November 22nd to 24th in Bad Nauheim, Germany. In this 3-day workshop the participants will experience that analog photography and analog film are more alive than ever in the area of professional productions. The economic benefits compared to digital productions will be shown, there will be a photo shooting as well as a film shooting. Afterwards, the material taken will be developed and digitized. High-end drum scanners and SilverFast software will be used for the photographs. (The workshop will be held in German language.)

Workshop for creative professionals from November 22nd to 24th(Click to enlarge)

Contents of the workshop

  • Day 1 – Introduction
    • Theoretical basics of professional analog productions
    • Examination of economic aspects
    • Consideration of individual requirements and needs
  • Day 2 – Fashion shooting and film shooting on location
    • Fashion shooting incl. models
    • Film shooting
    • including costumes, props, make-up artist and hairdresser
  • Day 3 – Development and evaluation
    • Development of the film material
    • Post-processing and optimization of the material
    • Digitization with drum scanners and SilverFast

Further information and registration for the workshop can be found here on www.eventbrite.de (German). Using coupon code « SilverFast10 » you get 10% discount on the participation fee.


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