Dec 8, 2006

LaserSoft Releases SilverFast 6.5

Press Release: LaserSoft Imaging has released SilverFast 6.5. Apart from many improvements and enhancements, the new version implements “outstanding new features to support your creativity and productivity when using SilverFast software,” according to the company.

Enhancing the Dynamic Range of Scanners
SilverFast’s Multi-Exposure generates 8-bit Raw scans that are then calculated using variable exposures. The function is similar to exposure rows, as they are known from the photography profession. With this feature, the supported scanner’s dynamic range is significantly increased while the noise of the CCDs is effectively minimized. Hence, more details will become visible in the shadow areas of an image.

This provides one main advantage over Multi-Sampling. Multi-Exposure reaches the same quality much faster. The slower 8x or 16x multisampling processes become obsolete, since higher quality can be achieved using the Multi-Exposure feature.

NegaFix Improvement + New NegaFix Profiles
NegaFix mode now provides a much more neutral color environment thanks to a new extended function. This is especially important for profiles that are not 100 percent accurate. With this feature, the orange masks present in color negatives can easily be removed with the new conversion. CCR activation is done by a check box within the NegaFix-dialog.

Automatic Detection of Frames
Image frames can now be detected and cropped automatically in the preview window using this new feature. The images must have a certain distance between them and the outer edge to detect the frames. A high contrast background is helpful in reflective scans. For transparencies, using the supplied film and slide holders is useful, since they offer an optimal contrast to the background.

Basic-Mode as Starting Aid
All SilverFast versions from v6.5 and up may now be switched between Standard and Basic mode. Hence, SilverFast novices will find the software easier to use.

New Installers
The new Apple installer is now used for Macintosh computers. A double click on the installer icon launches the installation process. The entire installation is completely guided and follows the current Apple Macintosh standard.

SFAi — HDR Gamma Optimization
The gamma values selected SilverFastAi are now automatically detected and applied in SilverFastHDR. All SilverFastSE and SilverFastSEPlus versions of V.6.5 or newer will contain this new feature.

The price of SilverFast 6.5 varies depending on scanner, and accessories included. See the website for specific pricing. Current users can upgrade to SilverFast 6.5 for a nominal fee.

SilverFast 6.5 has been optimized for the following operating systems:
Mac OS-X 10.2 and higher, Windows 2000, XP.

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