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SilverFast First Step Guide in 5 Languages

August 2nd, 2017 · News

From setting up SilverFast to the optimized Scan

Learn how to efficiently start scanning with SilverFast scanner software

The instructions inside this First Step Guide are intended to help you to take the first steps along the path from analog to digital images. It is a practical guideline for the initial uses of SilverFast. Particular emphasis is therefore given to explaining the steps that will simplify your introduction to the software.

The First Step Guide is available in English, German, French and Spanish. There is also a Polish user translation (by Jacek Dunay).

The example pictures are taken from the Ai Studio version. Lower versions offer a smaller scope of
settings so that descriptions may differ from what you see on your screen in some points.

You can download our free First Step Guide here as a PDF file.

Please note: We now also offer a Polish First Step Guide.

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SRDx supports additional Photoshop editions

July 12th, 2017 · News, OSX, Tips and Tutorials, Video

Dust and Scratch Removal for Photoshop – Many additional Photoshop editions of the CS and Elements series will be supported with the latest SRDx Photoshop Plug-in.

SRDx is a Plug-in for Photoshop on the Mac with OS X version 10.10 or later. It requires an installed copy of Adobe Photoshop:

  • Photoshop CC, Photoshop CC 2014, Photoshop CC 2015.X, Photoshop CC 2017
  • Photoshop CS4, Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5.5, Photoshop CS6
  • Photoshop Elements 14, Photoshop Elements 15

More information, movies and a free trial version can be found on our SRDx Photoshop Plug-in Website.

Stefan Riedl from the 4eck Media agency has extensively tested the SRDx Photoshop plug-in. Watch his review in the movie below.

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SilverFast 8 for Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400

July 4th, 2017 · News, Scanner, SilverFast

SilverFast 8 for Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400

SilverFast 8 now supports the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 on current Windows systems

As a dedicated film scanner featuring an automatic feed for a film strip or up to four 35mm slides, the Scan Elite 5400 has an exceptionally high resolution, according to the manufacturer up to 5400dpi. With its resolution actually achievable for the user, the Minolta 5400 definitely plays in the top league. With the current version 8.8.0r9, SilverFast now supports this device on current 64bit Windows systems. The Minolta is already supported on Mac systems for some time.

Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 Film Scanner

A powerful 16 bit A/D converter is responsible for the high-quality scans. In addition, a highly developed AutoFocus system with automatic or manual sharpness adjusting provides crisp images. Using the professional scanner software SilverFast, even beginners can achieve brilliant images in the twinkling of an eye.

Owners of an older SilverFast version can upgrade their software here.

Note: Our proven SilverFast 6.6 software is still available for the Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 II. However, please be aware of compatibility with your operating system.

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Kostenloses Webinar am Samstag, 24. Juni um 14:00 Uhr

June 9th, 2017 · HowTo, News, Scanner, SilverFast, Tips and Tutorials

Kostenloses Webinar am Samstag, 24. Juni um 14:00 Uhr

Mit SilverFast vom analogen zum digitalen Bild. Eine Einführung in das Scannen anspruchsvoller Vorlagen

Im Rahmen des Lichtblick Webinar-Wochenendes von Datacolor am 24. und 25. Juni wird es auch ein Webinar von LaserSoft Imaging zum Thema Scannen geben. Am 24. 06. um 14:00 Uhr zeigt Jan-Willem Rossée, Produkt-Manager der Software SilverFast, ausgebildeter Berufsfotograf und Multimedia-Producer, wie Sie Ihre analogen Schätze in die digitale Welt retten.

Jan-Willem RosséeNichts ist schöner und wertvoller als das Vergängliche. Denn nur was vergänglich ist, schafft Erinnerung. Alte Dias und Fotos zeigen uns diese schönsten Momente, die wir vor dem Zerfall retten wollen. Farben blassen aus und auch Staub- und Kratzer sowie schlimmstenfalls Pilzbefall setzen den Aufnahmen übel zu.

Wer mehr darüber erfahren will, wie man ein analoges Bildarchiv innerhalb kürzester Zeit und in hoher Qualität digitalisiert, ist in diesem Einführungs-Webinar genau richtig. Zentrale Themen, wie das Farbmanagement und die verlustfreie Archivierung mittels Scan-Rohdaten, werden ebenso angesprochen, wie die Frage, warum der Dynamikumfang eine entscheidende Rolle spielt. Jan-Willem Rossée zeigt mit ein paar praktischen Tipps wie ein kontrastreiches Negativ oder ein Dia optimal eingescannt werden kann.

Hier können Sie sich zu unserem kostenlosen Seminar anmelden.

Beachten Sie bitte auch unseren neuen praktischen Leitfaden “Digitalisierung analoger Bilder”, den Sie als PDF herunterladen können.

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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

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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, 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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