The new version 6.6 of SilverFast's scan software now fully supports the current Mac OS 10.5, Leopard.
Apart from supporting 35mm film scanners Coolscan IV and V ED, Super Coolscan 2000, 4000 ED and 5000 ED, now also the medium format scanners LS-8000 and LS-9000 are fully supported under Mac 10.5 - IntelMacs included.
Nikon announced that they will not be adapting their own NikonScan software to Mac OS 10.5.
The new software implementation carries SilverFast‘s infrared based iSRD function supplying efficient Dust and Scratch removal with the advantage of sharper image details.Contrary to other dust and scratch removal methods, SilverFast's iSRD is primarily designed to preserve picture details by avoiding image smoothing. Another highlight is the special support for Kodachrome slides which may now use the iSRD function to efficiently remove dust and scratches. By means of SilverFast‘s patented Multi-Exposure feature the dynamic range of the images may be greatly increased. Since SilverFast‘s Multi-Exposure is able to obtain a density of 4,2D the full dynamic range of Kodachromes (up to 3.8D) can be captured - without SilverFast‘s Multi-Exposure, the LS-5000 generally reaches a dynamic range of about only 3,3D.
Regarding the LS5000, SilverFast Multi-Exposure increases the number shades that can be captured from 3388 to an incredible 17378 shades, based on the ISO Norm 21550 standard.
SilverFast 6.6 is available at LaserSoft Imaging‘s web shop as well as at selected resellers.