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SilverFast is the worldwide leading software for film scanners and flatbed scanners. Almost every scanner, even those which have disappeared from the market a long time ago, can be operated with SilverFast. On this page, we have collected numerous questions and answers related to the scan-software SilverFast of the German company LaserSoft Imaging. Please consider that in our Forum there is also a special area for the scan software SilverFast. In the follwing text we first present an overview of all topics treated in our page:

Information about the new SilverFast version 8

SilverFast Versions, Licences, Updates

Image Quality with SilverFast

IT-8 Colour Calibration

Dust - and Scratches Corrector SRD, iSRD, ICE

Printer Profiling with SilverFast Profiler at Version 6.6

Questions about Silverfast HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Questions about SilverFast DCPro

Other Topics About SilverFast

Information about the new SilverFast version 8

In August 2011 Lasersoft Imaging launched the new SilverFast version 8 as successor of the version 6.6 (version 7 has been omitted). The switch to the new version was made not abruptly but in several stages. The software has not only obtained an optical facelift and now offers a modern, practical design of the work surface, but there were also integrated many improvements and new features. Below there is a summary of new features and changes in SilverFast 8 compared to the previous version, as well as information about the availability of different scanner models.

Which features are new in the version 8?

SilverFast 8 offers several new features compared to the previous version 6.6:

Compared to older SilverFast versions a new preview concept enables enhanced monitoring of the effects of image settings. Even complex corrections like the hardware based dust and scratch removal can already be assessed in the preview scan and be matched exactly. In this connection a 100% zoom helps to assess and to optimize the settings and adjustments.

The new GUI (Graphical User Interface), has been revised for the version 8 and is now up to date. Compared to the previous version, the user interface has become clearer and clearer, so that a novice quickly copes with it as in the previous version. All controls can be placed by mouse per drag & drop to anywhere on the screen, so you can spend your working environment as you like yourself.

SilverFast 8 is now fully capable of multitasking. Unlike the older versions, it is now possible with version 8, to perform other activities on the same computer in addition to scanning. Up to version 6 the computer was fully used to capacity during the scan, so it could be hardly used for other tasks such as image editing. Even within the SilverFast scanning software is the new multi-tasking ability of advantage: Thus, the second frame can be created and the settings be made, while the scanner is scanning the first frame.

The new advanced selective color correction of SilverFast 8 allows corrections in several layers. So you can correct similar colors in different areas of the image using masks independently. It is possible to define up to four layers. Elaborate selective color corrections no longer need to be carried out later using an image editing program.

The new WorkflowPilot as essential core element of SilverFast 8 replaces the old Scan Pilot, and guides the user step by step through each of the required workflow. The workflow pilot assists in form of explanatory text and available QuickTime movies. The workflow pilot prevents errors in the operation and provides especially beginners and casual scanner users considerable assistance. Advanced users of course can do without the workflow pilot and implement a standalone workflow.

Which version variants are there in version 8?

SilverFast Version 6 was available in 4 variants SE, SE Plus, Ai and Ai Studio. In addition there was also Archive Suite respectively Archive Suite SE. All these versions are also available in version 8 except Ai-standard version. Below we list the main features of the available versions:

  • SilverFast SE 8: This is the entry-level version of LaserSoft Imagings scan software. Despite reduced features within this version you can already achieve excellent image results. The SE version already includes the WorkflowPilot that takes you step by step to the optimized result; the preview concept for immediate inspection of each image optimization; the automatic image for fast, compelling results; iSRD for a thorough infrared dust and scratch removal and selective color correction for easy color adjustments.

  • SilverFast SE Plus 8: This version is based on the SE version and provides extended functionality for advanced users and to achieve even better image results. In addition to the features of the SE version the SE plus version also includes the multiple exposure, called multi-exposure in order to increase the dynamic range and to obtain maximum details. In addition, the SE Plus version has the Auto Frame Alignment in combination with the Automatic Frame Detection. The Auto Frame Detection with automatically alignment is very helpful especially for flatbed scanners. The well known AACO (Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization) from the version 6 is also included in the SE Plus 8.

  • SilverFast Ai Studio 8: This version is made for professional photographers and advanced users, and is the professional version. It is fully functional and has all the features, even for the highest demands. In addition to the features of the SE Plus version there is the option of Auto IT8 Calibration in the Ai Studio version. With an optionally available target you can calibrate the scanner within 2 minutes in order to save color errors of the scanner in a correction profile. With the JobManager in SilverFast Ai Studio there is also a convenient way to batch processing is included. Furthermore the Kodachrome feature, the 16Bit histogram, the expert modes, self-created and editable NegaFix profiles, working with masks and layers in the dust and scratch removal and the selective color correction are helping to get professional results and optimized workflows. Detailed information about the benefits of Ai Studio version can also be found in the FAQ item Which advantage does the SilverFast Ai Studio version offer?.

SilverFast SE 8: This is the entry-level version of LaserSoft Imagings scan software. Despite reduced features within this version you can already achieve excellent image results. The SE version already includes the WorkflowPilot that takes you step by step to the optimized result; the preview concept for immediate inspection of each image optimization; the automatic image for fast, compelling results; iSRD for a thorough infrared dust and scratch removal and selective color correction for easy color adjustments.

SilverFast SE Plus 8: This version is based on the SE version and provides extended functionality for advanced users and to achieve even better image results. In addition to the features of the SE version the SE plus version also includes the multiple exposure, called multi-exposure in order to increase the dynamic range and to obtain maximum details. In addition, the SE Plus version has the Auto Frame Alignment in combination with the Automatic Frame Detection. The Auto Frame Detection with automatically alignment is very helpful especially for flatbed scanners. The well known AACO (Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization) from the version 6 is also included in the SE Plus 8.

SilverFast Ai Studio 8: This version is made for professional photographers and advanced users, and is the professional version. It is fully functional and has all the features, even for the highest demands. In addition to the features of the SE Plus version there is the option of Auto IT8 Calibration in the Ai Studio version. With an optionally available target you can calibrate the scanner within 2 minutes in order to save color errors of the scanner in a correction profile. With the JobManager in SilverFast Ai Studio there is also a convenient way to batch processing is included. Furthermore the Kodachrome feature, the 16Bit histogram, the expert modes, self-created and editable NegaFix profiles, working with masks and layers in the dust and scratch removal and the selective color correction are helping to get professional results and optimized workflows. Detailed information about the benefits of Ai Studio version can also be found in the FAQ item Which advantage does the SilverFast Ai Studio version offer?.

In addition to these 3 basic versions, there is the Archive Suite or the Archive Suite SE. These are packages of the Ai Studio version or the SE Plus version with the current HDR Studio version, so that you can create raw scans with Ai Studio or SE Plus which can be processed at a later time with HDR Studio.

For which scanner models is the version 8 available?

For the main scanner models, SilverFast 8 is available since the publication date. Other models will be added continuously. Which scanners SilverFast 8 is currently available for can be found in the List of supported scanners.

The Reflecta RPS 7200 Professional is the ideal film scanner for digitizing a large amount of film strips (positives or negatives). As you can read in our detailed

about this device, the RPS 7200 scans complete film strips or even complete film rolles automatically in the batch mode. With this feature it is the only scanner (apart from an approx. 7000 € expensive Nikon professional solution), which can scan a 35mm film roll with a length of up to 40 frames in batch mode without cutting the film roll. When scanning mounted slides each slide has to be inserted and scanned separately.

The Reflecta RPS 7200 Professional yields an acceptable image quality, which becomes even very good, when beeing operated with the SilverFast Ai Studio scan software. When scanning positives the IT-8 colour calibration saves a lot of rework after scanning, since the scanner errors will be corrected automatically. When scanning negatives with the Negafix-dialogue a suitable film profile is chosen so that one obtains significantly better scans than with the standard software CyberView.

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Формат сырых исходных данных HDRi использует 64-х бит HDRi-цветовые файлы, содержащие всю считываемую информацию изображении, включая данные инфракрасного канала, которые будут использованы для удаление пыли и царапин.

The HDR Studio has AACO (Auto-Adaptive Contrast Optimization), JPEG 2000, USMPlus (Unsharp Mask Plus), CloneTool and PrinTao.

HDRi (64Bit RAW data with infrared channel)]edit[

With version 6.6.1 any SilverFast HDR version supports the RAW data format HDRi. These 64-bit HDRi color files and 32-bit HDRi greyscale files contain additional 16-bit infrared RAW data besides the 48-bit color RAW data and 16-bit greyscale RAW data respectively. Therefore, a scanner with an infrared channel available to the software is necessary. This RAW format can keep any readable image information for later post-processing. The acronym "HDR" as used by SilverFast is not related to High-dynamic-range imaging, a widely used technique to increase the dynamic range of (digital) images.

SilverFast Archive Suite]edit[

The SilverFast Archive Suite includes SilverFast Ai IT8 and SilverFast HDR Studio with an integrated color management system. This package is suitable for archiving slides, negatives, and photos, whereas the post processing can take place anytime after scanning.]6[

• Auto IT8 Calibration - color calibrating the scanner in 2 minutes

• iSRD - efficient infrared based dust and scratch removal


-Auto IT8 Calibration - color calibrating the scanner in 2 minutes

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