Geoff Taylor
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Geoffjt reviewed on 20 Sep 2013
Expensive, good but very unstable.

Great results from both reflective and transparent originals on my Epson V500 (and previous scanners I've owned in the past 10 years).

But that's when it works. Read on...

1) Very unstable in Mac OSX 10.8.x. On a new iMac with 12Gb RAM it is sluggish with the beach-ball-of-death popping up at regular intervals. It will crash 30% of the time you launch it.

2) The interface is beyond-belief-dreadful. Confusing, obtuse and anti-intuitive. It's only that I've used SilverFast for over 10 years that I'm able get the best results.
I've recommended SilverFast to fellow designers who have used the demo - but will not purchase because the application appears to be designed by amateurs.

SilverFast 8 on the Mac is more like a port of Windows version - fine when it works but very unstable. (Not to mention the dreadful 1980's interface icons.)
Silverfast are plainly talented and dedicated guys but they need to stop altering the OSX interface in their application. For example, the cursor arrow enlarges Windoze-like and takes on a blue halo - wtf is that about, apart from being a waste of time and processor resources? These UI level hacks must have an effect on performance and stability.
Which may be why it crashes frequently.
I wish they would employ an Apple-savvy developer - Silverfast is expensive software and I'm not alone in looking around for more stable scanning solutions - even at the same price.
[Version 8.0.1r22]

Geoffjt commented on 27 Nov 2004
The StopMotioner concept has the potential to be one of the missing links for the Mac.
However, where is the Help function, where is the demo project or walk-through, where is the quick start pdf - even a plain text file with basic instructions?
C'mon guys, if you want us to buy the fruits of your labours at least give us some clue as to how we can work with it.
(I haven't given any star ratings only because I don't know how to get started with StopMotioner.)
[Version 1.0b1]

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