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Old 08-14-2005, 06:29 PM   #1
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Default Tell me about SilverFast...

Doing some research...

Looking for thoughts regarding SilverFast (any and all experiences).

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Old 08-15-2005, 01:11 AM   #2
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No experience yet. I've just bought a scanner with Silverfast included.

The Silverfast manual is about 400 pages and very difficult to understand. It's obviously written by a software person whose native language isn't English. It documents everything but doesn't explain anything -- so, I know how to adjust the Q-factor but I have no idea what it is!

I did start it up and do a scan and got very good results though.

   
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:00 AM   #3
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It's obviously written by a software person whose native language isn't English.
Unfortunately, many British, US, Canadian etc. developers fall into that category ;-)

That's why they need Tech Authors to translate for them. Shame Silverfast couldn't afford one...

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JR, there's loads of info here, but no doubt you've already seen it

http://www.silverfast.com/show/movies/en.html

   
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JR, there's loads of info here, but no doubt you've already seen it

http://www.silverfast.com/show/movies/en.html
Roger that. Looking more for user experience, opinion, etc.

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Roger that. Looking more for user experience, opinion, etc.

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I've been using Silverfast AI (full) for a couple of years. It took a bit of getting used to. Setting it up I recall was a real problem, since the manual didn't explain it all well. I like it once I simply experimented to get to know it, and if I used ALL the features, it would come close to fixing most scans. I prefer to use PS for more because I can set the file up to be flexible, whereas with S AI you get a single scan out of a lot of features.

I don't like Negafix. I got really frustrated trying to come up with the right settings for old negatives. That's the only feature where I get quicker, and better, results using Epson's Twain software. Prints and slides come out nicely for me with Silverfast.

   
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> The Silverfast manual is about 400 pages and very difficult to understand.

I noticed that too. Q-Factor, btw, appears to be the oversampling value for halftoning (e.g., 140 - 250% of lpi, etc.)

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Somewhat more understandable than the user manual is SilverFast: The Official Guide, written by prepress writer, Taz Tally. You can find it on Amazon (http://1url.org/go/1taztally). Taz is a good clear writer, (writes for Photoshop User) and makes SilverFast unerstandable.
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Somewhat more understandable than the user manual is SilverFast: The Official Guide, written by prepress writer, Taz Tally. You can find it on Amazon (http://1url.org/go/1taztally). Taz is a good clear writer, (writes for Photoshop User) and makes SilverFast unerstandable.
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I rather sympathise with the first review:

<< The author does his best to explain how to use this rather convoluted and counterintuitive software. It doesn't help that there are so many versions that it is hard to know exactly what your particular incarnation of the software is capable of, let alone getting it to actually do it. For the time being, I'm giving up on it and letting Photoshop take over where the epson software leaves off. >>

   
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> The Silverfast manual is about 400 pages and very difficult to understand.

I noticed that too. Q-Factor, btw, appears to be the oversampling value for halftoning (e.g., 140 - 250% of lpi, etc.)
Thanks.

I've noticed that there's a book about Silverfast on Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...473833-5885406

but there's no reference to which version it describes. The viewable pages on Amazon don't talk about Silverfast so it's difficult to tell whether it might be worth buying.

   
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