This competitive upgrade offer has ended and is no longer available.
We think most SilverFast users will prefer VueScan because:
Also, Hamrick Software has has always been open and honest with our customers. Some examples:
On January 16, 2006 Hamrick Software announced that VueScan supports the Intel Macs. Of course, VueScan really was a Universal Binary and worked well on Intel Macs.
On October 30, 2007 LaserSoft announced that Outstanding Results With SilverFast! Now Running Universal. The only problem is that this wasn't true - SilverFast 6 never was updated to be a Universal Binary, only one small program, the "Launcher", was a Universal Binary. This is the reason SilverFast 6 doesn't work on Mac OS X Lion today - it was never updated from PowerPC to Intel.
On March 10, 2011 Hamrick Software announced that VueScan adds support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Of course, every version of VueScan since this announcement works well on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.
We believe in being open and honest with our customers, and hope we've earned the trust of our customers. We also believe in always having a technically superior product.
One of my favorite German sayings is "Der Fisch stinkt vom Kopf" (The fish stinks from the head). The fate of LaserSoft is largely due to the product strategy of their president, Karl-Heinz Zahorsky.
The strategy for SilverFast has been to make expensive software for expensive scanners and make the majority of revenues from bundling this software with scanners.
Unfortunately, scanner technology reached it's peak 5 years ago. There's seldom any need for reflective scans higher than 600 dpi, and the best film scanners ever made were released by Nikon 8 years ago (CoolScan 5000 and CoolScan V).
95% of all scanners sold today are multi-function printer/scanner/copiers, most notably from Canon, Epson and HP. Nikon stopped making film scanners years ago, and now you can only buy used Nikon scanners on ebay. No other high-quality film scanners are sold any more because the market for film scanners is rapidly shrinking.
Anyone who primarly does reflective scans can buy a good printer/scanner/copier for $100, and anyone still scanning film can use the Epson V700 to do this. The problem LaserSoft has is that they don't support any printer/scanner/copiers and nobody needs SilverFast with Epson scanners (Epson Scan is actually better).
This leads to a dilemma - the market for the scanners SilverFast supports is shrinking rapidly, and even the least expensive printer/scanner/copiers are more than good enough for 99% of reflective scanning. What can LaserSoft do, other than try to reduce costs by laying off engineers and delay new product development? It's been 5 years since Intel Macs were introduced, and LaserSoft only recently released a universal binary version of SilverFast.
The majority of LaserSoft revenues used to come from bundled software sales, but Nikon doesn't make scanners any more, Microtek went out of business, Minolta went out of business, Epson Scan is better than SilverFast, Canon sells many more printer/scanner/copiers than high-end flatbed scanners, and Plustek and Reflecta aren't widely sold.
In addition, the SilverFast product pricing isn't competitive. There are two approaches - low cost and high volume or high cost and low volume. LaserSoft has chosen the latter, but high cost doesn't work when good reflective scanners cost $100 and film scanning can be done better with VueScan or Epson Scan.
LaserSoft has also annoyed their users for years, waiting 5 years to release a Universal Binary version on the Mac, poor support for Windows x64, high prices, needing to buy another copy of SilverFast for each scanner, and generally not listening to their users.
What can LaserSoft do to survive? They don't ask for my advice, and free advice is worth what you pay for it. :)
However, Hamrick Software's strategy is to focus on making high-quality software that's easy to use and that adds value over the free software that comes with most scanners today. We're also committed to keeping our prices low and expanding into new markets (printer/scanner/copiers and iPhone and iPad).
We also think our development strategy is superior to LaserSoft's, since we do frequent, incremental product improvements - and have 4000 people test these improved versions every day. This leads to higher product quality than SilverFast, which only has significant new releases every 5 years or so.
In the end, the success or failure of a company is determined by product strategy and product quality. We're happy with the product strategy for VueScan and the quality of VueScan, and we hope more and more SilverFast users will agree.
seems easier than silverfast 1) USB Dongle & Leopard 2) Frustration with crashing Silverfast 1. Silverfast always made troubles although it was so expensive! 2. Only one app for all my scanners :-) 10X better than Silverfast and I get the results I want with less hassles 16-bit support not like small silverfast only 8bit A better value than my Silverfast A bit faster than Silverfast; but dust removal is not equally good accurate colour...unlike silverfast aggrevations with Silverfast alternative for silverfast ALTERNATIVE SILVERFAST VERY STUPID alternative to nikon scan / silverfast alternative to Silverfast alternative to Silverfast Alternative to Silverfast Alternative to Silverfast Alternative to Silverfast Alternative zu Silverfast Alternative zu Silverfast Alternative zu Silverfast angry about silverfast! an't get bundled Silverfast s/w to work "Apart from the missing dust & scratch removal tool and my not ""getting"" the multi image scan function; VueScan seems like a very good program! (Plus; it has a much friendlier user interface than Silverfast; which I find too cluttered.)" Appears more versatile than Epson or SilverFast. Appears to be less dificult than Silverfast Ai (even though teh scanner came with a full version of this software) Bad SilverFast Bad support from Silverfast; Vuescan seems to be an excellent alternative Batch mode is way better than Silverfast Batch scan 35mm slides (EpsonScan was too slow and low quality; Silverfast SE didn't have batch abilities) Batch scan better than SIlverfast Batch Scan; Silverfast does not work BATCH SCANNING ; BETTER VALUE THAN SILVERFAST UPGRADE Batch scanning: yours is the best I found. Beats Silverfast that came with my scanner hands down! Because I first tried SilverFast; then scanned the same negative with Vuescan: what a difference! Because I hate Silverfast :-) Because it is better than Silverfast Because Silverfast drives me nuts... plus I'm interested in the RAW feature. because Silverfast is bollocks Because Silverfast is unstable! because Silverfast isn't work fine becuase SilverFast sucks! Besser als Silverfast Besser als SilverFast Besser als SilverFast Bessere Ergebnisse als CyberView und stabiler als SilverFast bessere Ergebnisse beim neuen Kodak Portra 400 NC als mit Silverfast besserer Zugang als bei Silverfast Best combo of speed and quality (vs Silverfast) Best Linux scanning software that I could find. I was using SilverFast AI in a VMWare session but was not impressed with it. 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Better than SilverFast. Better than the provided SilverFast software. better then included silverfast and epson scan Better UI than Silverfast; supports simultaneous multi-sampling and multi-exposure (I think) Better user experience than SilverFast Better user interface/features than SilverFast Better value than Silverfast better value then silverfast Better; more consistent results than the software that came with the scanner (Silverfast SE) billiger als Silverfast Billiger als Silverfast; besser als Epson Scan ;) Black detail is rubbish with SilverFast; much better in Vuescan brauche Alternative zu Silverfast Bundled silverfast giving me all sorts of trouble Bundled SilverFast is crashy; color correction in Vuescan is better Bundled SilverFast software was hard to use Bundled software was rubbish; vuescan was much easier to use than Silverfast Bundled software with scanner (Silverfast SE) gave poor results and limited options. By recommendation; Dont like SilverFast Calibration facilities; better price than Silverfast came recomended; seems easier than Silverfast Can be used with different scanners; ICE; seems to be faster then SilverFast Can't find my Silverfast license can't find my silverfast serial can't get Minolta's of SilverFast's to work! can't get silverfast installed Can't get Silverfast to work properly Can't get SilverFast to work with scanner can't get umax or silverfast to work--go figure can't use silverfast 'Cause Silverfast sucks Change from using SilverFast SE Changed from Silverfast on WinME Cheap and easier compare to Silverfast cheaper and better than silverfast cheaper and easier to use than SilverFast Cheaper than Silverfast Cheaper than silverfast cheaper than silverfast cheaper than Silverfast cheaper than silverfast cheaper than Silverfast and works Cheaper than SilverFast Upgrade Cheaper than Silverfast. Cheaper than Silverfast; more stable (on Mac) CHEAPER THAN SILVERFAST; PROMISE OF GOOD SCANNING cheaper than silverfast\works with ratoc scsi converter color much easier than silverfast Color quality better than Silverfast Compare to Epson and Silverfast compare with Silverfast - looks better Compared demo with Silverfast Compared with Silverfast and obtained better results with VueScan Comparison scan better than Silverfast comparison with silverfast Competitive price vs Silverfast Comprehensible user interface -- worlds better than SilverFast!!! could not get silverfast to work properly! couldn't get Silverfast to work Couldn't get SilverFast to work on new Windows 7 64 big couldn't stand SilverFast Crappy bundled software (SilverFast SE+) Crossgrade from Silverfast because Leopard Currently use Silverfast CyberviewX and SilverFast is to buggy and in SilverFast case; a horrendous user interface. Danger of losing my sanity with SilverFast definitely better than silverfast!!! Deleivers much beter scan quality as Silverfast Demo better than Silverfast Demo funktioniert auf Anhieb; Enttäuschung über Silverfast Demo managed to scan some underexposed chromes; where Silverfast failed miserably Demo version seems much better than Silverfast AI Demo works - Silverfast and Epson software poor results Demo works great; Silverfast SE simply doesn't Demo's Vuescan & Silverfast against Cyberview; and liked Vuescan best DID NOT LIKE SILVERFAST Did not like Silverfast Didn't get on with Silverfast Didn't know any better; WTF? Annoyed with Silverfast; Canon and Epson Scan pgms suck Didn't like Silverfast Didn't like Silverfast Disappointed in SilverFast Disappointed with SilverFast. Dislike Silverfast Dislike SilverFast software Disliked Silverfast disliked silverfast Disliked Silverfast Do not like SilverFast Does larger scans than SilverFast Dont like silverfast don't like SilverFast don't like Silverfast don't like Silverfast don't like Silverfast Don't like SilverFast Don't like Silverfast Don't like silverfast don't like silverfast Don't like Silverfast don't like Silverfast Don't like Silverfast Ai dont like silverfast and this is the only other option; but I liked the demo! Don't like Silverfast GUI Don't like SilverFast! Don't like SilverFast's interface Don't like Silverfast-VueScan reviews Don't really like Silverfast don't understand Silverfast downloaded trial ;1st scan was better and faster than the silverfast. simpler. dust removal is faulty on 8800F + SilverFast Dust removal option not Supported using OS X by SilverFast Ease of use - hate Silverfast Ease of using software compared to silverfast easier and better than Silverfast Easier and cheaper than Silverfast easier interface and use than Scan wizard or silverfast Easier than SilverFast Easier than SilverFast Easier than Silverfast Easier than SilverFast easier to use and install than Silverfast Easier to use as SilverFast easier to use than silverfast Easier to use than Silverfast Easier to use than SilverFast easier to use than SilverFast Easier to use than Silverfast Easier to use than Silverfast easier to use than silverfast easier to use then silverfast easier to use; with better results; than SilverFast easier UI than silverfast; with same quality easier work flow then silverfast Easier/Cheaper/Better(?) than Silverfast Easy Scanning; Silverfast is un-Maclike Easy to use compared to Silverfast Easy to use compared to Silverfast Easyer than SilverFast 6.6 einfacher zu bedienen als Silverfast Einfacher zu bedienen als SilverFast. RAW. etc. Endless problems with Silverfast registration enough of epson scan and silverfast! Epson driver won't work with Leopard; neither does Silverfast which uses the Epson driver. Epson driver-rubbish; silverfast will not do 16bit and not paying for that; going to use more MF film instead of pure digital. Epson drivers don't work; wanted good control; originally had Silverfast; but upgrade too expensive Epson Scan software corrupted and I HATE Silverfast Epson Scan; Silverfast SE limited Epson software broke; Can't figure how to select batch negatives on Silverfast SE Epson software quit working and I can't fix it. Also Silverfast lousy with color negs. EpsonScan is too basic; Silverfast has an attrocious UI excellent default scans with B/W negs vs/silverfast+minolta; color neg profiles nice Exceptional results with trial version; very fast; very intuitive interface (a great difference with Silverfast; by example) Far better results than bundled silverfast software! Far better than Silverfast fare price and i need the software to use the scanner. Silverfast V expensive Faster and easier to use than SilverFast faster than silverfast Fe dup with teh stupid serial number bullshit of Silverfast I hope you will tease me less Feature Set vs Cost (longtime SilverFast user; tired of the upgrade charges) Features look better than Silverfast features that Silverfast lacks; customer service reputation; Linux support; free trial; price features; cost compared to silverfast Features; more flexible than Silverfast Fed up to the back teeth with Silverfast and their arrogant ways fed up with customer svce for SilverFast fed up with my silverfast freezing photoshop in leopard Fed up with Silverfast Fed up with Silverfast Fed up with Silverfast fed up with silverfast Fed up with Silverfast and have read glowing reviewss on your software fed up with silverfast se Film type database; nice GUI; don't like the bundles Silverfast software Filmget crap; Silverfast support crap fits better then silverfast flustration with silverfast not working with vista forums say better than SilverFast Free Upgrade for SilverFast Users Free version of SilverFast SE that cam with scanner just crashed Friendlier interface than Silverfast Frustration with Silverfast Frustration with Silverfast Functions better than silverfast (Or I don't know how to use it good). But this makes it as I wan't it! Thanks günst. Alternative zu Silverfast günstiger als Silverfast gave up on silverfast Gave up on Silverfast - kept crashing Get rid of Silverfast Getting new scanner soon; Have been using SilverFast giving Silverfast back; terrible results Glitchy Silverfast Good alternative to Silverfast good cheaper alternative to SilverFast Good color negative results; supports Epson 1680; much better P120 scans than Silverfast Good demo; Silverfast vendor is nuts; nice feature set; supports multiple scanners; updates; good value Good quality; better than Silverfast and Nikon Scan Good reviews and I moved my scanners to a Windows 2003 server. Nikon4 does not work on 2003 server. Silverfast is too expensive. good reviews for you & bad for silverfast on photo.net good reviews; and silverfast sucks Good reviews; rubbish silverfast good scan quality; cheaper than silverfast Good Workflow; Cheaper than SilverFast; works better than Nikon's software got tired of SilverFast not working got tired of trying to get Silverfast to work: upgrading computer/Operating System; hard to work with other scanners/scanner drivers! Great experience with trial version; and absolutely not willing to buy a Silverfast update Great features; raw; silverfast = $$$$$ great interface; better than silverfast Great reviews; much cheaper than silverfast. Great vaue compared to silverfast Guenstiger als Silverfast Ai gute Alternative zu SilverFast had always bad results with Silverfast unter OS X half the price of silverfast; just as good image wise. Handles film scans better; also does digital camera raw files; easier to use than Silverfast Has better features than SilverFast Hate SilverFast hate SilverFast hate silverfast hate SilverFast Hate Silverfast HATE SilverFast hate silverfast hate Silverfast Hate Silverfast Hate Silverfast hate silverfast hate silverfast and all other scanner software!! Hate the evil Silverfast! Hate using Silverfast Have compared scans of 35mm slides using Vuescan & Silverfast - I think the Vescan results look better Have Silverfast always wanted Vuescan but didn't support X6 until recently Have Silverfast want to try yours Have Silverfast; doesn't work and is too complicated and not understandable. having problems with SilverFast Heard it is better than SilverFast SE heard it's better than Silverfast heard quality and ease of use were high. dissatisfied with epson and silverfast software High quality scans; OS X Leopard compatible; Silverfast too expensive Highly recommended by people online to replace the very confusing SilverFast for my Plustek OpticFilm 7200 scanner. "honestly; because the SilverFast demo kept ""not responding""... Some things I like in VueScan; others I prefer in SilverFast... " Hoping it is simliar to use than SilverFast I am getting equivalent results with silverfast from 120 slide film; but didn't need to use 2 non-intel binaries to do it. And your software is less expensive. Also; using twain is not important to me -- but my mini can barely handle these 500MB files so this may change if I get a new computer. I bought Silverfast and found it to be an extremely shoddy piece of software. I should have listened and bought Vuescan to begin with. I can't load SilverFast I couldn't get Silverfast to work ! I detest silverfast I dislike Silverfast I don´t like SilverFast I don't like SilverFast I don't like silverfast I don't like Silverfast I don't like Silverfast; and I think your software is more complete. I give up on silverfast! I hate Nikon Scan 4 & Silverfast wants money per scanner & I like the feature I hate Nikon Scan/Silverfast is too Expensive I HATE Silverfast I hate Silverfast I hate silverfast I hate Silverfast and wanted to keep my $ local in AZ :) I hate SilverFast; Vuescan has DNG I have SilverFast SE Plus; ScanView is meuch beter for B&W films I like it better than Silverfast I like the features better than Silverfast I like the features; price and the free upgrades on the Pro license. I also like the ability to use it on different scanners compared to Silverfast. I like the results (ancient family kodakchromes came up vivid and sparkling with life; and clean with IR ; far superior to silverfast and epson scan with ) and the ui (compared to silverfast; whose ui & workflow is laughable) I like the trial; want to try out the pro-version. Have Silverfast Ai and I think it's really bad on the Mac. I like your product more than SilverFast... I need new software for this scanner which has not been used for years as I still have a lot of slides and negatives. I tried Silverfast; but was unable to make it work on my iMac as I was unable to install the Minolta drivers. Vuescan worked at the first try. I need to digitalize old photos of paintings of my husband (painter Lubo Kristek). I compared VueScan; SilverFast and Epson Scan and you are the best. I need vuescan to run the scanner at all. Plus vuescan has a clear user interface and a much lower price for this particular scanner than for instance silverfast. I prefer it to Silverfast software I read that VueScan is better than Silverfast i think it is better then Nikon SW and cheaper then SilverFast I tried Silverfast/to many problems/yours seem much more stable with nice features I upgraded to Windows 7- bundled Silverfast will no longer work I used the free trial of both Vue scan and Silverfast but prefered Vuescan because it was easier to use and had excellent color fidelity and color balance. I was primarily looking for software to create a scanner profile from an IT8 target; but was additionally impressed that this works on Mac OS X 10.6 (unlike Nikon Scan which crashes); has a well-organized interface (unlike SilverFast); and I'm very impressed with how well it controls the scanner hardware.. ICE on silverfast corrupts images Ich möchte den Scanner mit 64-Bit Betriebssystemen (XP; Win7 and/or Linux) nutzen; ausserdem: Evtl. werde ich mit 64-Bit Betriebssystem und Minolta original Scanprogramm und/oder Silverfast/HDI arbeiten. I'm scanning my old Agfa caving photography but bundled Silverfast SE not delivering acceptable colour fix. Dark backgrounds remain purple. I'm hoping Vuescan will help. If you have any suggestions; I would be most grateful. Regards; Tim Carter Images provide better quality than Silverfast for colour input/output control; no more silverfast... Interface over silverfast; frequent updates is the only software that work properly for this scanner since minolta stop supports and silverfast is minolta driver based IT Calibration; Batch Scan; Silverfast malfunctioning It has amazing workflow and the interface especially comparing to SilverFast Ai Studio ;) It looks easier than SilverFast It works and is not tied to only one scanner type (unlike SilverFast). It works with the Coolscan 9000: Silverfast doesn't It works! Unlike Silverfast. It works. Silverfast doesn't IT8 Calibration; cheaper than Silverfast IT8 profiling; better results than SilverFast IT8; Silverfast shows extremly strong grain for Konica negative film (even with active GEM); vuescan is superior for this use case. And; of course; providing a linux version is a *BIG* plus! It's better than Silverfast SE and allows for multi-pass scanning (Silverfast SE doesn't on my scanner) It's more userfriendly than SilverFast I'ts supposed to be easier to use than SilverFast. Just so much better then Silverfast. Kernal Panic using Silverfast kick out Silverfast Komme mit der mitgelieferten Software (Silverfast) nicht zurecht. Hoffe auf bessere Ergebnisse Lasersoft Silverfast does not support Vista 64 bit! Leopard no longer supports silverfast Less complicated than silverfast Less cumbersome & cheaper than Silverfast Like how it works better than silverfast esp on slides Like it better then Silverfast Like it very much; Crosscrade from Silverfast (too expensive in maintenance) Like the quality; esp. white balance + lot cheaper than Silverfast Liked the demo - easy to use - looks like a proper Mac OS X application - made decision after my first scan - bye bye silverfast Liked the simplicity of the features OCR a positive asset as I edit a mag and got lots of hrd copy with no files. Presently use Silverfast Linux Support; Better than Silverfast Linux support; which Silverfast does not have. Lion: my Silverfast won't work now. Long tie user Silverfast Looking for a alternative to the included silverfast Looks better / less German than SilverFast. Looks more intuitive than silverfast Looks much simpler than Epson or SilverFast Looks way better than Silverfast! Lost my Silverfast serial lots of negs & photos; SilverFast incomprehensible! lower price compared to silverfast Manual Photo options; stock software and silverfast inadequate Marre de Silverfast meilleur que Silverfast Meilleur que Silverfast pourtant livré avec. meilleur rendu que silverfast Meilleur rendu que Silverfast après essai Mein Silverfast unterstützt OS-X 10.6 nicht mehr "Minolta ""unknown error""; Silverfast too unpredictable!" Minolta & Silverfast both suck Minolta software wont load; prefer to silverfast Minolta sw poor at 16bits; Silverfast crashes all the time Moins cher que Silverfast More affordable than Silverfast more economical and reliable than Silverfast More profiles than SilverFast More user friendly than Silverfast; although selecting multiple crops is not intuitive more versatile than silverfast Much better and cheaper than Silverfast much better than cyberview and as good as silverfast much better than minolta software and silverfast Much better than Silverfast Much better than SilverFast Much better than SilverFast Much better than Silverfast much better than Silverfast much cheaper than silverfast MUCH cheaper than Silverfast yet suports Infrared channel data much easier than SilverFast MUCH easier to understand and follow than Silverfast and interface beats it hands down!! Much easier to use than Silverfast; possibly better but don't know yet. Multi-Exposure in Silverfast does not work with LS 2000 multiscan + raw; silverfast crashing multiscan; other features; do not wish to give money to silverfast my old silverfast doesn't work with snow leopard my scanner came with silverfast and epson scan. Epson scan is good but limited and the version of silverfast is bad and limited my silverfast not work on vista Need 16bpc colour in a decent interface; not willing to pay $500 for Silverfast for occassional scanning Need a better program than SilverFast Need a better scan software than what was included (Cyberview) and SilverFast is too spendy need alternate to SilverFast need better interface vs. Silverfast Need better scan program for HP; & Silverfast doesn't support that scanner Need better software than Silverfast Need color calibration. SilverFast Ai crashes; no support. need exposure control; calibration and film profiles - Silverfast Negafix is just too buggy Need good functionality; silverfast doesn't have it. Have had continued problems with their software and no response from pleas for help. need high quality scans & silverfast is too expensive Need ICC profiles. Silverfast is a PAIN IN THE ASS! need IT8 calibration and silverfast sucks Need many fetaures; but Silverfast too expensive. need OS X software for LS-2000; also needed easy to use software. Was overwhelmed with Nikon Scan many years ago when I first tried it; and ovewhelmed also by SilverFast when I just tried it tonight need precise contol over scans treid both Vuescan and silverfast and prefer Vuescan Need raw scan and rescan capabilities. You're a better value than Silverfast! need scan software; cheaper than Silverfast Need scanning software with auto-upgrade features. (Sick of the run-around given by SilverFast folks.) need something better than silverfast need to scan b+w; colour negs & slides - 35mm + 6x6 also not happy with Silverfast package need with Silverfast to have more features Needed an alternative to SilverFast needed better scan software than epson... and silverfast was too much dosh. thought i'd give you a go... Needed it to work on Leopard - and silverfast doesn't! needed more stability than Nikon Scan 4; but SilverFast software is way too expensive needed something better than silverfast needed something better than Silverfast that came with the scanner needed something less ugly than silverfast :-) neet multican and IT8 - didn't want to pay $398 for silverfast AI to get these features + silverfast cannot be used on other scanner models Neither NikonScan nor SilverFast will work with XPsp3 and current available Adaptec SCSI cards. New iMac; seemed Silverfast wasn't going to work as well as before; so got a recommendation for VueScan New scanner; SilverFast failed me nice features; better than silverfast nicer interface than SilverFast Nicer to use than Silverfast. Nikon and SilverFast didn't do it for me. Nikon Driver is Trash; Silverfast also and ecpnsive Nikon driver keeps crashing; silverfast is too expensive/complicated Nikon personal in Sweden told me of Vuescan and I can´t get Silverfast to work on my Mac. Nikon scan & Silverfast don't work NIKON SCAN 4 SOFTWARE DOESN'T WORK ON MACOS 10.6 PLATFORM!!! I TRIED SILVERFAST SOFTWARE BUT IT'S AWFUL!!! Nikon Scan crashes with SA-30; SilverFast is less transparent Nikon Scan is way outdated; VueScan works well with Nikon and all my scanners; and the price is reasonable (a lot cheaper than Silverfast). Nikon Scan no longer worked. Silverfast interface not as nice. Nikon software fail. SilverFast too expensive Nikon software-Silverfast kept crashing new computer-VueScan works Nikon's software is outdated and silverfast is too expensive no drivers from Epson; seemed better than Silverfast No Lion-compatible Silverfast no neg:.direct in silverfast for Mac OSX No official drivers for Win 7 64-bit and SilverFast doesn't work with that OS No Silverfast driver no Silverfast Update available No support of F-3200 by silverfast on 10.5 No Umax support + MacUpdate reviews VueScan/SilverFast no update for 10.3 from microtek. bought Silverfast but I hate it. No updated scanner drivers for this scanner and OS X 10.6 and I HATE SilverFast! North American negative types compared to SilverFast Not enough control and capabilities provided by EpsonScan or SilverFast Not happy with Silverfast Not happy with Silverfast Ai6 not happy with Silverfast SE plus not satisfied Silverfast not satisfied with silverfast Not satisfied with Silverfast Not satisfied with silverfast se not so expensiv like silverfast; but werry good Not too expensive; unlike SilverFast Now Better than Silverfast nVidia650 problems with silverfast old silverfast user fed up and switching Old Silverfast; Lion OS Only alternative on OS X is Silverfast only decent SW apart from Silverfast AI only have silverfast light original software does not work well; and doe not exist for MAC; SilverFast better than vuescan; but will they support Snow Leopard?? OS 10.7; Silverfast doesn't work. OS X drivers; SilverFast unstable out of the gate; better scans than silverfast and epson. outperforms silverfast and nikon's own Over 1 year of frustration working with Silverfast Ai Studio pas difference avec silverfast politique de mise à jour trop chère pour silverfast poor results with silverfast poor silverfast software prefer 1 sw pkg+multiple drivers versus Silverfasts 1 SW pkg per scanner business model; ( I have multiple scanners ) Prefer interface and features to Silverfast Previous SilverFast software did not work with my new OS 10 system A new version was too expensive; however; your software is more affordable and I don't have to replace my scanner. Previous Silverfast User Price vs SilverFast Probleme SilverFast problems w Silverfast; unflexible Problems w/Silverfast problems with silverfast Problems with Silverfast Problems with Silverfast problems with SilverFast problems with Silverfast Problems with Silverfast Produces decent scans unlike Silverfast Proper features and affordable. Plus the SilverFast alternative is horrible Quality of B&W scans cf SilverFast quality vs silverfast quie sick of silverfast esp. pricing Rated in many ways better than Silverfast Raw scanning; Linux and Mac; SilverFast alternative; Donald Knuth likes it ;) Really fast and much better than SilverFast (!) for batch scanning Reasonable price compared to Silverfast recommended as being more user-friendly than Silverfast recommended by AoP as better than silverfast recommended by Computer Shopper UK over bundled Silverfast software (which is horrible) recommended sa an alternative to silverfast upgrade Rekommended as more easy to use than Silverfast replace silverfast replace Silverfast Replacement for Silverfast replacing silverfast replacing SilverFast Replacing silverfast Replacing Silverfast Reportedly better than SilverFast reputation of Vuescan; and sick of Silverfast! Results; Workflow; SilverFast unstable Review on Amazon of SilverFast Runs better than Silverfast Scan Wizard and Silverfast; packaged with the scanner; are both below the required standard. scangear and silverfast suckckckck ScanGear sucks; Silverfast too complicated ScanGear wirkte nie wirklich rund; Silverfast funktionierte nicht wie erwartet und dafür dann noch preislich überteuert für Privatgebrauch; daher Freude über eine weitere Alternative; die bisher sehr den eigenen Wünschen an ein Scanprogramm entspricht. Scanner & Printer Profiling; cheaper than SilverFast scanner came bundled with silverfast which is shit! way too slow! yours does negatives in acceptable time. Scanner no longer supported by SilverFast Scanner no longer supported by Silverfast Scanner software needed. Previously used silverfast Scanning negatives. Silverfast SW SUCKS Scans look better than with silverfast Scanwizard; Silverfast etc. don't work! scsi problems with silverfast seemed easier to use than SilverFast seemed more simple than SilverFast Seemed the better choice compared to silverfast Seems better (and cheaper!) than SilverFast Seems better than Silverfast Seems better than Silverfast Seems better than SilverFast Seems better than SilverFast software seems easier than silverfast seems much better than Epson/Silverfast seems to be easier to use than silverfast Seems to give better results than Silverfast seems to give better results than the bundled silverfast seems to handle b/w negs more easily than SilverFast SE seems to have easier workflow than silverfast Sick and tired with SilverFast Sick of paying Silverfast extortion scheme and limited Minolta software Sick of Silverfast sick of silverfast sick of silverfast after upgrade problems; and read it was good for b&w Sick of SilverFast crashing Significantly better then SilverFast silverfast SilverFast silverfast that came with scanner sucks Silverfast & Lion Silverfast & Nikon Scan don't seem to be able to work simultaneously Silverfast (bundled) software sucks Silverfast :-( SilverFast ;) Silverfast + Microtek software transparency feature doesn't work silverfast = to expensive Silverfast 5 läuft nicht Silverfast 5.x not working well with Scanner SilverFast 6 doesn't work with Photoshop CS 4 on Mac OS X 10.5.5 Leopard Silverfast AI does not recognize scanner behind SCSI to firewire adapter Silverfast AI incompatible with 64-bit Vista SilverFast AI is a piece of crap SilverFast Ai is too difficult to use Silverfast Ai is too German to be a good partner for me. SilverFast AI sucks silverfast and nikon software sucks silverfast awful Silverfast bites SilverFast Boycott SilverFast came with scanner-needlessly complex SilverFast CD won't even load on my iMac Silverfast conflict silverfast crashes Silverfast crashes in Lion Silverfast crashes under OSX 10.7 Silverfast dans Mac de bureau; VueScan pour mon MacBook Silverfast did not work! Silverfast didn't find my scanner; Epson software treats me like a retard Silverfast didn't launch; NikonScan sucks Silverfast didn't upgrade to OS X 10.5 Silverfast did'nt work silverfast didn't work on this scanner Silverfast didn't work so tried this - Sensational results! SilverFast difficult to use SilverFast does not support FARE Silverfast does not support Win 7 64 bit Silverfast does not support Windows 7 Silverfast does not work Silverfast does not work on Lion :-( SilverFast does not work on my mac Silverfast doesn't do it's job very well Silverfast doesn't support 64 bit raw files in Windows Vista for above slide scanner SilverFast doesn't support it without buying an additional $110 cable. Silverfast doesnt support OSX 10.5 Silverfast doesn't work Silverfast doesn't work fine Silverfast doesn't work on Lion Silverfast doesn't work on Mac OS Lion Silverfast doesn't work right silverfast doesn't work w/OS 10.5 leopard SilverFast doesn't work with Lion SilverFast doesn't work with Lion OS Silverfast doesn't work with MacOSX 10.5 Silverfast doesn't work; have heard good things about VueScan silverfast don't support lion! SilverFast don't work SilverFast drop the ball! Silverfast est nul Silverfast failed me when upgrd OSX SilverFast fatigue Silverfast firewire driver does not work Silverfast freezes Photoshop Silverfast freezes PSCS3 and itself Silverfast funktioniert einfach nicht zuverlässig Silverfast funktioniert nicht für den Scanner Silverfast funktioniert nicht wirklich auf Windows 7 Silverfast geht nicht mit os x lion Silverfast has a poor UI silverfast has failed Silverfast has no Vista64 Driver SilverFast has poor instructions Silverfast has poor/awkward/inefficient GUI Silverfast inkompatibel unter Snow Leopard SilverFast interface is horrible Silverfast is a pain! silverfast is a pain; and doesn't work on 10.5; or at least I can't get it to work. I also like that it works for other scanners. Silverfast is a pain-in-the-axx SilverFast is awful. You must be grateful to them. Silverfast is bad silverfast is boring me Silverfast is buggy; your software works really well Silverfast is clumsy and hangs up silverfast is crap silverfast is driving me crazy for doing contact sheets SilverFast is freezing Silverfast is full of bugs Silverfast is good; but it takes ten friggin' minutes to find the scanner! SilverFast is hopeless!!! SilverFast is horrible Silverfast is horrible. Silverfast is letting me down silverfast is much too expensive Silverfast is not 64 bit and you are Silverfast is not adequate for tri-x Silverfast is not the best software silverfast is not x64 compatible on the v750 Silverfast is rubbish Silverfast is S***e SilverFast is screwing people over and loving the output in the demo. silverfast is so buggy silverfast is stupid SilverFast is terrible SilverFast is terrible SilverFast is terrible Silverfast is terrible Silverfast is to advanced Silverfast is too bad Silverfast is too buggy Silverfast is too complicated and expensive silverfast is too damn complicated Silverfast is too expensive silverfast is useless SilverFast is WAY too complicated Silverfast is worthless Silverfast isn't so great Silverfast iSRD with bad result Silverfast issues silverfast ist eine Katastrophe silverfast ist too expensive Silverfast ist zu komplex um gute Ergebnisse zu erzielen Silverfast ist zu unzuverlässig Silverfast kann noch nicht Lion silverfast keeps crashing my computer Silverfast konnte mit Win7 meinen Scanner nicht mehr ansteuern :-( Silverfast lames Silverfast late to support Lion SilverFast locks up constantly!!! Silverfast made me furious. : ) silverfast nervt mich ein bisschen. :-) Silverfast nicht KOmpatibel Silverfast no funziona snow Silverfast no good Silverfast no help SilverFast no longer works with Lion Silverfast no more functionning SilverFast not compatible Silverfast not compatible with Snow Leopard silverfast not compatible with tiger; epson software sucks Silverfast not running in Lion Silverfast not supported for 10.5 Silverfast not supported in OSX 10.4 yet Silverfast not supporting Leopard Silverfast not updated for Lion silverfast not upgraded yet SilverFast not working anymore Silverfast not working with OSX Lion. Silverfast overpriced; poor UI; not compatible with newer OSes and Photoshop versions. Vuescan highly recommended by many. Love that you recommend Wolf Faust's IT8 targets - consider recommending Argyll CMS too. If this works out will buy 2xpro edition for the Epson 1680s here too. SilverFast quit working & your demo looks cleaner and easier silverfast se blew silverfast se crashes; this is worht a shot! Silverfast SE crashing SilverFast SE does not work Silverfast SE funktioniert nicht richtig Silverfast SE horrible Silverfast SE included with scanner was hard to use SilverFast SE is crap! silverfast se isnt always the best Silverfast software is $300 USD SilverFast software registration is arcane and sucks Silverfast software that came with scanner is HORRIBLE silverfast software; nightmare to use SilverFast stinks Silverfast stopped working Silverfast stopped working Silverfast stopped working on my computer Silverfast stopped working; annoying SilverFast sucked Silverfast SUCKS silverfast sucks silverfast SUCKS Silverfast Sucks silverfast sucks Silverfast sucks silverfast sucks silverfast sucks Silverfast sucks SilverFast SUCKS silverfast sucks Silverfast sucks SilverFast sucks silverfast sucks Silverfast sucks silverfast sucks Silverfast sucks silverfast sucks :-) SilverFast Sucks :-P silverfast sucks at scanning negatives silverfast sucks! Silverfast sucks! Silverfast sucks! Silverfast sucks. Good scratch and dust removal Silverfast sucks. Silverfast is expensive and has produced too many random errors for me. Vuescan simply works (but; should have better usuability...) Silverfast sucks... silverfast sucks... too bad i didn't find vuescan sooner :( SilverFast sucs at finding frames and batches Silverfast supplied with scanner unsatisfactory and charges for upgrade to use with Vista Silverfast Sux SilverFast Sux Silverfast to complex Silverfast to expensive and no update for 10.7 yet silverfast to expensive to upgrade to XP; you support multiple devices Silverfast too difficult to use and expensive SilverFast too difficult to use and results unpredictable. silverfast too expansive Silverfast too expensive silverfast too expensive ;-) Silverfast too expensive; I like profiling support and multiple scanner support Silverfast too expensive; Mac OS X Lion silverfast too expensive; minolta's own s'ware didn't work silverfast too expensive; vuescan feels more professional Silverfast UI is awful. I want to scan negatives and slides in a user friendly environment. Silverfast und OSX Lion Silverfast unreliable SilverFast Unstable on Intel Pro Silverfast upgrade need Silverfast upgrade way too espensive silverfast upgrd broken; sick of needing two products for two scanner; etc. SilverFast user interface drove me bonkers Silverfast wanetd to much money for their upgrades silverfast was c*** silverfast was destroying my sanity Silverfast was to confusing for me silverfast way to expensive Silverfast will not work with firewire to SCSI converter SilverFast won't support firewire connection with SCSI adapter Silverfast won't update for my system silverfast wont work on pc Silverfast won't work with Lion Silverfast won't work with scanner and 10.6 Silverfast works only with Panther and bad silverfast would not work Silverfast wouldn't work! silverfast8is450euro SilverFastが使い難いので SilverFaste funktioniert nicht Silverfast's UI annoys me. SilverFastSE lied. It doesn't run on OSX10.3 Simple; Silverfast serial problems in upgrade = frustrated and moving Simpler and better results than Silverfast Simpler than Silverfast Simpler than Silverfast Simpler than SilverFast Simpler than Silverfast simpler than silverfast Simpler than Silverfast Simpler than Silverfast with better results simplicity (got silverfast) Simplicity cf. silverfast Simplicity versus Silverfast Single license works with multiple scanners; software developed with technology that silverfast is falling behind on Sinplicity and cost savings over Silverfast So much easier to use than Silverfast! so much easyer to usw than silverfast So much nicer than silverfast or epson software. And if Knuth likes it; that's good enough for me. Software delivered with scanner does not work (SilverFast). Constantly crashes my maschine. Fed up; don't want to spend anymore time trying; like VueScan. Speed and quality of scan. Multi-sample works better than Silverfast Stuck with SilverFast SE Superior results scanning negatives (vs. Silverfast) superior to Silverfast Supplied Silverfast is rubbish Supplied Silverfast software shit suppliment Silverfast Support is better than Silverfast Supports many scanners; Silverfast has greedy upgrade and cross-grade pricing. switch to osx; prior used Silverfast; upgrading from old version is expensive; compared both SF and VS. Impressed by VS. 1 prog for 3 Linux; Win and OSX. Enthusiastic about the batch scanning capabilities. Did not like the study I had to do from all the differen SF versions. Tested very well and found no problems in dark areas; according to some reviews this is/ was a problem of VS. Switching from Silverfast Switching from Silverfast Switching from SilverFast Ai Tested against Nikon and Silverfast and preferred results testing software (+drum +imacon +silverfast) tests better than silverfast The alternative is Silverfast :-| The included Silverfast is way too complicated The much better frame splitting than in Silverfast The Nikon Scan software does not detect the scanner more than half the time; and your product seemed interesting and less expensive than Lasersoft Silverfast ai The Silverfast driver is inconsistent; i.e.; lots of scanner not connected error messages The Silverfast SW is NOT user friendly and people who bought this scanner on Amazon recommended this SW as a fix. The software supplied with the scanner; Silverfast Si; is not supported by Vista 64. Also; Vuescan has the reputation for producing the best scans. I'll be doing post processing in PhotoShop CS3 and don't need the image adjustment features in Silverfast Tired of AI Silverfast's high pricing Tired of how buggy Silverfast is. tired of paying silverfast; and good review Tired of SilverFast Tired of Silverfast tired of silverfast Tired of SilverFast Tired of Silverfast tired of silverfast tired of SilverFast crashing!!! Tired of SilverFast; better features and UI Tired of using Silverfast To improve scan quality over Silverfast & Epson to replace Epson and Silverfast AI software To replace SilverFast To replace silverfast;I had encounetr too many problems Top-Quality; better than Nikon or Silverfast Total exasperation with Silverfast Trial convinced me that scan output Vuescan is much better than Silverfast/Scangear trial is much easier to use than the silverfast that came with my scanner Trial version actually works without crashing on Lion unlike SilverFast 8 tried demo and get better results than Silverfast Tried Nikon Scan/SilverFast. VueScan is the best to date. tried NkScan; SilverFast & VueScan - VueScan best Tried Silverfast before.... Tried Silverfast but yours is simpler and better Tried to use the steam pile of garbage called silverfast that came with scanner. Your demo worked with zero pain. No wacky installer. No CD based copy protection. Joy was felt by all. trouble with Silverfast Ai trouble with silverfast se true multiscan not available from silverfast for i900; like the raw output feature try it out and compare to Silverfast Try this instead of Silverfast UI of Silverfast is not the yellow of the egg. ;-) UMAX Astra Net e5470 no longer supported under OS X; nor does SilverFast -- switching back to OS 9.2.2 to scan an image has become too much of a hassle. VueScan appears to work -- and I'm tired of trying to edit out those little dollar signs ;-) Unhappy w/ Silverfast "unhappy with bundled software (clipping of bw neg scans); don't like Silverfast interface & price; need IR files to clean old BW negs in Photoshop (your built-in ""cleaner"" doesn't work well btw) " unhappy with Silverfast Unhappy with Silverfast Unhappy with Silverfast; need better features than packaged software that came with scanner. Have tested demo version and like results. upgrade to silverfast stopped it working!! usability; better quality and speed than silverfast; more options use on other scanners unlike silverfast Use with multiple scanners; value over competitor (Silverfast) useable- unlike silverfast Used in the past; Silverfast currently fails to connect to scanner at all; this connected immediately on trial Used Silverfast and don't want to keep buying a new version for every scanner Used Silverfast for years but having problems with a few negatives. Tried Vuescan and am really impressed. Will email for technical help but I use the specialNikon 869GR holder and had a couple of issues lining up scan but got it running anyhow User friendly; robust (had enough of SilverFast) Using Vuescan with black/white negatives; it seems to maintain details in whites (no overexposure)! Though I like its color negative exposure abilities too; I have not had success with its color balance capabilites on those same color negatives. I do not know if IT8 targets would help this. For most of the color negatives I have tried ;Silverfast has gotten much better color accuracy results without even using an IT8 target. I wish I knew why; and if I had confirmation that pro version of Vuescan with IT8 target would help then I might buy that. vastly better than packaged silverfast software Very fast scans compared to Silverfast; export as DNG raw files (not some proprietary raw format!); working software compared to Silverfast; and good price. Good package; all in all. Verzweiflung über Silverfast VueScan appears to work well on my hardware. I couldn't even get a scan started with SilverFast's demos. Vuescan demo tested better than Silverfast VueScan gave superior results compared to SilverFast SE Vuescan is better than Nikon Scan and Silverfast! Vuescan is better than SilverFastSE Vuescan makes it work under MacOs 10.6 in better quality than Silverfast ever did before Vuescan offers capabilities Epson Scan doesnt & its cheaper than SilverFast! VueScan seems to be mutch better software for G4050 than Silverfast or bundled hp-software. vuescan/silverfast ... you won! want alternative for Silverfast want alternative to silverfast Want more control; SilverFast too expensive Want to compare with Silverfast SE Wanted alternatives to Epson and Silverfast wanted copy to printer (photocopier) mode; alternate to Silverfast AI & Nikonscan Wanted histogram - used Silverfast but does not support Canon LiDE 500F Wanted Something Cheaper than Silverfast that did Multi-Sampling that worked with Polaroid Wanted the power of Silverfast full version at a lower price Was going to buy Silverfast; but their purchase website is expensive and impossible to understand how to just get a basic version. way better than Silverfast Weak Silverfast Support wechsel von silverfast weg von Silverfast Well; Nikon does not support Leopard and my experience with Silverfast not solving problems for previous versions was not too good. What they sent Silverfast does not work Will nicht mehr Silverfast upgraden will Silverfast ersetzen will work with all my scanners for a one-off fee (unlike silverfast) Win 7 support & price over silverfast Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit wird weder von Twain noch mit Silverfast HDR-Studio für Epson-Scanner unterstützt - Ihre Software funktioniert - Besten Dank! With mac OSX the support from Microtek for the correct drivers is extremely bad; and after testing Vuescan; I found it to be superior to scan wizard etc.....(and cheaper than Silverfasts solution too!). Thankyou! work on Mac OS 10.5 (SilverFast 6.5.5r4 certainly does not!) Worked better than silverfast Working more stable than original Reflecta SW and SilverFast SW Works as well as SilverFast; cost less works better than silverfast Works better than Silverfast Works better w.old B/W slides than Silverfast Works better w/ win7 64 than SilverFast Works MUCH better than Silverfast series works on linux and seems better than silverfast se on windows Works where Scanwizard and Silverfast do not; good color Your product allows me to access my legacy scanners and new ones as well- all on OSX; with one piece of software -one at a time as needed. Unlike the Silverfast rip-off; one machine per purchase. Love your concept and I am growing to like your software (on demo so far) as I learn - all at a far more reasonable cost for the much embattled small operater - keep up the good work - look forward to future updates and may be new features. your software makes Silverfast a crime to bundle with the plustek