SilverFast HDRi - In Addition to Containing Maximum Dynamism, the Ideal 64-bit Archive Format for Images Now Also Contains the Dust and Scratch Information Derived From the Scanner’s Infrared Channel

By Prne, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, July 1, 2009

KIEL, Germany - LaserSoft Imaging presents the new SilverFast 6.6.1, the first software in the world to perfectly capture raw data from photographs and slides.

To effectively, quickly and thoroughly protect valuable memories against decay and destruction, the Kiel software company has developed a format that contains not only all image information, but also the dust and scratch information derived from the scanner’s infrared channel: the 64-bit HDRi format.

This file serves as the ideal starting starting point for further processing steps - regardless of when, how and where. Traditional procedures perform infrared-based dust and scratch elimination directly during the actual digitalisation process, making it impossible to guide the process or modify the results afterwards. In extreme cases, this can cause fine image details to be lost forever, without the user noticing right away.

The new 64-bit HDRi format by LaserSoft Imaging registers all the information of the original in its entirety while simultaneously embedding all the correction information in the image file. HDRi surpasses the principle of “non-destructive editing,” since the user can optimise all corrections at any time. Instead of directly guiding the scanner, SilverFast HDRi enables the user to read the raw data at maximum speed and process it as though he had direct access to scanner images.

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About LaserSoft Imaging (R) AG:

LaserSoft Imaging (R) was founded in 1986 by physicist Karl-Heinz Zahorsky, who developed the SilverFast (R) concept in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein. Today SilverFast (R) is regarded as the standard scanner and digital camera software for both novices and professionals. Only SilverFast (R) is bundled with such a large number of many manufacturers, such as Canon, Epson, HP, Leica, Microtek, Pentacon (Praktica), Plustek, Quatographic, Reflecta, Samsung and others.

With over 2 million licenses sold worldwide, SilverFast (R) is the most successful scanner software in the world.

The SilverFast (R) software was awarded the EDP Award for the software featuring the best colour management.

Contact: LaserSoft Imaging AG, Philipp Haarlaender, Luisenweg 6 - 8, D-24105 Kiel. Tel: +49-(0)431-560-09-0, Fax: +49-(0)431-560-09-96, Email:

Source: LaserSoft Imaging AG

Contact: LaserSoft Imaging AG, Philipp Haarlaender, Luisenweg 6 - 8, D-24105 Kiel, Tel: +49-(0)431-560-09-0, Fax: +49-(0)431-560-09-96, Email: philipp.haarlaender at

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