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SilverFast Epson Scanner Software

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    Jul. 19, 2016
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    Free to try (Watermark on scan); $49.00 to buy (Buy it now)
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1 stars

"No documentation, bad support, expensive"

April 20, 2014  |  By Jiheffe

2014-04-20 22:57:21  |  By Jiheffe

 |  Version: SilverFast Epson Scanner Software 8.0.1 r37


According to many, very good scanning algorithms, though Vuescan is certainly as performant and much cheaper


- Very expensive
- Completely outdated user interface
- Virtually no documentation
- Bad support
- Moderated/ censored user forum


LaserSoft (developper of this softyware) may have developped a very performant scanning technology, the implementation of it n SilverFast is completely anihillated by several factors that you should add to your review, to give customers a fair and complete overview, and avoid anger and disappointment.

Your recview describes the "simple" WorkFlowPilot operation mode, but as soon as you want some more functionality, such as batch scanning, you need to deactivate WorkFlowPilot and you are dead in the water. Why? Because the program's user interface is so badly designed ans so counter-intuitive, that ir is barely usable. WorkFlowPilot is OK for occasionally scanning a single photo, not for batch-scanning entire film rolls on a Reflecta RPS 7200.

And this is my main reproach to this software:documentation is virtually nil. There is a 15 pages (!) "Quick Installation Guide". From those 15 pages, 4 pages are devoted to the cover, legal stuff and self-acclaiming. Then 2 pages on installation and "serialization", and 8 pages on working with the WorkFlowPilot and a cover. A lot of space is used to tout functions like "Gradation" (basically tone curve), "AACO" (!), basically congtrast and tonal corrections, "GCC" (Global Color Correction), USM (shatpening), GANE (noise removal), ... all functions that a serious professional of serious expert will prefer to execute in Photoshop, Lightroom of the like. Don't forget this software costs a hefty 500 EUR (for a Reflecta RPS 7200) and can be used only with one single scanner model. At this price tag, it is not a tool that will be bought by beginners. Additionally, there are some other documents about "Image to Web" (3 pages including cober, aboutb exporting scans directly from SilverFast to Flickr and the like, who is going to do that?), JobManager (4 pages including cover, does not work with WorkFlowPilot), ADF Scan (6 pages, documention does not match my version of the software), Focus Control (4 pages) and that's it! The video tutorials are very basic, just an explanation of thev use of each button, and the video for the JobManager is still showing an old version (SilverFast 8 has been out for nearly 3 years, now).

Limited documentation, but you think OK, there must be a wide community of users worlswide ready to help, so you head for their forum. ALL posts (even the edition of a typo) are moderared, and many are simply censored. Even for a simple question about using the software (not a bug, not a complaint, just a legitimate question), they open a ticket with the support hotline!

Back to your review: tou compare SilverFast to the basic scanning software shipped with the scanner. I think it would be more correct and useful to review it compared to VueScan. Despite a very spartian user interface and documentation, VueScan has several afvantages: costs a fraction of he cost of SilverFast, fast and responsive answers to problems and bugs, licence can be used for all scanners you have, and is documented by a very well written book "The VueScan Bible", by Sacha Steinhoff".

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5 stars

"perfect scans"

November 27, 2008  |  By FetaMorgana

2008-11-27 03:16:05  |  By FetaMorgana

 |  Version: SilverFast Ai Epson (Win) 6.6.0r3


I recommend to try out the free demo version !
But invest some time to learn the basics. Ther's a lot of docu and help online.
After that you can achieve near perfect scans.
I'm still considering the upgrade to the IT8 version for predictable colors.


The GUI takes a little getting used to

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5 stars

"Silverfast Ai is a very useful and powerful scanning software package"

March 27, 2008  |  By dani80**

2008-03-27 01:41:46  |  By dani80**

 |  Version: SilverFast Epson 6.5.5r4


Silverfast Ai is a fine, powerful scanning product (much better than what comes with the Scanner). Just downloaded the latest Version. That IT8 Calibration is amazing! and the ScanPilot helps the novice user step by step to a perfect image.

I capture the maximum dynamic range using the Multi-Exposure feature (SilverFast Ai Studio).

* SilverFast - Pimp my Epson *

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.8.0r5
Version 8.8.0r5 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher LaserSoft Imaging
Publisher web site
Release Date May 26, 2016
Date Added July 19, 2016
Version 8.8.0r5
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 58.02MB
File Name SF-8.8.0r5(Epson)_x64.exe
Total Downloads 12,465
Downloads Last Week 106
License Model Free to try
Limitations Watermark on scan
Price $49

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