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Silverfast announces version ... 8!

Silverfast 7 reported missing

in Silverfast , Wednesday, July 20, 2011

With Mac OS X Lion and new MacBook Airs released today after weeks of speculation, today was a good day to bury bad news in the tech world.  So Lasersoft, God bless ‘em, chose today to announce, at long, long last Silverfast 8, the next major iteration of the venerable Silverfast: 

SilverFast, the most popular scanner software in the world, is released as brand-new version SilverFast 8. After many successful years, SilverFast will be available completely renewed towards the end of August for the most important scanners of all major manufacturers.

I guess Silverfast 7 was dropped in the Baltic Sea or something, since we’re jumping straight from 6.x to 8, or maybe it’s just in recognition that nobody could possibly make us wait this long for a new version.

So, we’re promised such joys as a new user interface (let’s hope they didn’t hire PhaseOne’s designer), multitasking (gasp) and much goodness. The bit that leaves me a bit worried is “for the most important scanners of all major manufacturers”.  The place of the Minolta Dimage MultiScan Pro in that august assembly must be less than guaranteed.

Well, I for one am looking forward to this more than OS X Lion.



Well, given the price of v6 for the MultiPro, I decided to stick with Minolta's own software - even if it is buggy and doesn't run under Lion. Leopard works well enough and does everything I want, for now. Lion just doesn't really offer anything particularly compelling so I'm not going to be in a hurry to upgrade.

I use Silverfast with my Epson v700, though and I hope the new user interface is an improvement. It could hardly be any worse...

By Jools, on August 08, 2011

I agree about Lion - doesn't do anything I need, and is getting alarmingly Tonka Toy-like. I'm not holding my breath over Silverfast's UI. Quirky is in these guys' DNA. But you get used to it after 10 years or so.... And Multi-exposure, in the 75% of cases where it works properly, does actually deliver noticeably better, cleaner shadow detail than Multisampling. And I quite like the "HDR" workflow.

By david mantripp, on August 08, 2011

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