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SilverFast (Nikon) is LaserSoft's software for Nikon scanners. LaserSoft Imaging has gained 25 years experience in the development of imaging software that has now been incorporated in the redevelopment of SilverFast scanner software. In combination with a variety of innovative ideas and the usage of current software technology, SilverFast 8 has evolved into what we can proudly present as the best scanner software.

The WorkflowPilot, a unique feature, is a core element of the new software. As a kind of assistant, it guides you in the correct order through all the processing steps required for your individual workflow. more...

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Version 8.0.1r37: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • Supported scanner

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Macarone Member IconReview+5

After paying, what is for me, big bucks for a Nikon Coolscan 5000, I tested the Nikon Scan 4 software on a G5 and then the SilverFast software. What was even more noticeable than the SilverFast watermark, was the far superior results obtained with the Nikon software. It is also much easier to use. Yes, it is a nuisance to have to maintain a G5 running Tiger, but after spending so much on the Nikon scanner I have to, because it is the results that count.

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Version 8.0.1r22
Abugirges Member IconComment+50

But it is pretty bad that this relies on Rosetta... At least I was forced to install Rosetta as the software stated it could not run without it.

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Version 6.6.2r4a
Photo_pete Member IconReview+3

Any photographer knows SilverFast and since Nikon has discontinued
supporting Nikon Scan anyone using a Nikon scanner on an actual operating
system should have a look at SilverFast.

Nikon film scanners are said to be among the world's best, especially the
CoolScan 5000 and 9000. The hardware is just one part of the digitizing
utilities, software is the second. Use the best software for the best
scanners and this clearly is SilverFast.

I like the 64Bit HDRi raw data format including infrared information. This
IR data can be used to remove dust & scratches and other defects on old
Multi-Exposure is a great feature for darker slides and for slides with
bright and dark areas. It increases the dynamic range, i.e. the contrast
If you have some old KOdachromes to scan, try the SilverFast Kodachrome
features and IT8 calibration. No color casts, but nice images.

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Version 6.6.2r2
Dannymontani Member IconComment+40

What??? $218 bucks. Why I've been using Vuescan for a dozen years and couldn't be happier. For $80 bucks so (mines permanent as an upgrade) how can you go wrong. It also covers the gamut of scanners out there, most... any ... of them dating way back. I love Hamrick for his dedication to his work. And his almost weekly refinements.

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Version 6.6.2r1

For whom money is the only criterion VueScan could be an alternative. It is programmed by one man, where SilverFast is developed by the software company LaserSoft Imaging. They have a professional support team, SilverFast is adapted specifically to each scanner, and so on ...
SilverFast is worldwide recognized as the standard for scanner software - with good reason.


The best part of SilverFast is that it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Not LaserSoft giving to you, you giving to LaserSoft.

If you have multiple scanners, you have the distinction of having to pay additionally for *each and every scanner model you own*. How thoughtful of LaserSoft. Is my Microtek i900 really that much different from my Canon 9950F? Are you a SilverFast user upgrading to a new scanner? Prepare to fork out extra money to LaserSoft if you want to use their software with it. Got a scanner that's somewhat expensive? The price of SilverFast goes way up (Nikons are a great example of this). Do you like paying for "major" upgrades that don't have any significant new functionality? SilverFast is for you. Want multi-exposure? Make that check out to "LaserSoft, Inc.".

Ed Hamrick and VueScan all the way. It may not be the slickest program in the world but at least I don't feel like I'm getting butt-raped every time I use it...

Gazzmanzx6 Member IconReview+7

The reason I originally bought this software was that it was the only one that supported my scanner (Umax 2200 USB) when the makers dropped their support.
I'm glad I did though as it is so much better than the Umax software with many more functions and it gives great results, even with poor quality originals.

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Version 6.5.5r1
fire_dragon Member IconComment+10

My favourite in this version is the print functionality. The layout functions allow for fast placement and output. The color management works great.

With the Auto Adaptive Contrast Optimization I could refurbish many badly photographed pictures that I had already given up on. I could even retain all teh details in the highlights while using this feature.

The Overall workflow is very intuitive and I learned most features of the software by watching the tutorial videos on the silverfast website.

A nice piece of software for an affordable price.

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Version 6.4.4r4

fire_dragon, why did you choose SilverFast in preference to VueScan, please?

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Version 8.0.0r1
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Jeppy Hammer
Version 6.6.2r2
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Current Version (8.x)


Downloads 13,862
Version Downloads 148
Type Drivers / Scanners
License Demo
Date 09 Jan 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $49.00
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