Physicist and visionary Karl-Heinz Zahorsky founded LaserSoft Imaging in 1986 and developed the concept of SilverFast in 1994. Mr. Zahorsky, involved in the early days of desktop imaging and color management on the Macintosh, was the first promoter for products such as video digitizers, including Pixelogic‘s „ProViz and Truvel‘s „TrueScan“, which was the first professional color scanner for the Macintosh. It was first shown at CeBIT 1988 in Hannover, where LaserSoft Imaging was invited by Apple Computer. Today, Mr. Zahorsky, is the Chief Executive Officer of LaserSoft Imaging.
LaserSoft Imaging‘s headquarters is located in the baltic city of Kiel, the capital of the most northern German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein. Kiel is also known as the European sailing city with international annual sailing events. A subsidiary for the Americas was opened in Sarasota, Florida, in 1997.
1988 – LaserSoft Imaging is invited to CeBIT by Apple
1995 – Presentation of the first SilverFast scanner software at CeBIT
1998 – SilverFast features IT8 Color Calibration
2002 – LaserSoft Imaging becomes joint stock company LaserSoft Imaging AG
2008 – Patented technology of Auto IT8 Calibration and Multi-Exposure
2008 – EDP award as „Best Color Management Software of the Year 2008“
2009 – 64bit support and new HDRi format including infrared data
2010 – SilverFast OfficeScanner is certified for DIGANT® of German Bundesdruckerei
2011 – SilverFast 8 is released as a completely redeveloped software
2012 – SilverFast HDR 8 is released
2013 – PrinTao 8 is released for Epson and Canon large format printers
2014 – New SilverFast Archive Suite 8 including Virtual Light Table VLT
2014 – PrinTao 8 Image Connector iPhone App
2015 – SilverFast v.8.5 including a re-developed JobManager, the JobMonitor iPhone App,
2015 – a new raw data format HDRi RAW and the ICC Printer Calibration
The SilverFast range of products includes software for scanners, digital cameras, printers and for HDR imaging, as well as several specialized solutions such as the connection of high-end Heidelberg drum scanners to modern operating systems. LaserSoft Imaging produces very high quality targets for IT8 color calibration. Many scanner manufacturers bundle their products with SilverFast.
Located in Berlin the Bundesdruckerei develops system solutions and services for secure identification and is responsible for Germany’s complete passport and identity card system. The SilverFast OfficeScanner series provides necessary technology and know how in the field of printing and scanning to be approved for the DIGANT® (digital application) system. SilverFast OfficeScanners are officially recommended by the German Bundesdruckerei.
SilverFast is the most successful scanner software in the world. The comfortable handling and the professional quality of the results are two of the main reasons for SilverFast‘s popularity in the different user groups:
• Home useres who want to preserver their parents‘ slide collection
• Advanced amateur photographers who value high quality
• Professional photographers and editors who must also pay attention to efficiency
• Museums, universities and many well-known small and large businesses