Intel Mac On Silverfast 6, When make out Universal Binary?

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moonmage
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Intel Mac On Silverfast 6, When make out Universal Binary?

Postby moonmage » Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:25 am

I use Intel Mac (OS X Tiger 10.4.10)

I know Silverfast is PPC code made.
It's running slow silverfast on IntelMac

When meet Universal Binary Silverfast?

LSI_Heidorn
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Postby LSI_Heidorn » Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:56 am

Dear Moonmage,
it will take some time as we use the opportunity of recoding to also reform our UI and our architecture in terms of multithreading etc..

So don't hold your breat, but when it comes it will be GREAT :-)

Greetings,

Nils Heidorn

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Intel Mac On Silverfast 6, When make out Universal Binary?

Postby ulfr » Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:51 pm

Nearly a year has passed, still not a full intel mac implementation!

I run SilverFast AI 6.5.5r5 on a intel 24" IMAC with MacosX Tiger using a Reflecta DigitDia 5000 scanner.
The iSRD post-processing uses huge amounts of time, about as long as the actual physical scanning time.

When looking into the Activity Monitor, the SilverFast application is running under PowerPC emulation. A dump of the SF_LogFile shows that SilverFast erroneously believes it is hosted by a dual G4 processor iMac!
The SF Universal Launcher does NOT run under PowerPC emulation, at least something is fully intel compatible. But the important computationally extensive parts should have been ported to intel a long time ago.

The Activity Monitor also reveals that SilverFast only uses one processor, the other one is nearly idle.
I can also conclude that SilverFast is not suited for a magazine-scanner like the DigitDia, the multiscan capability has a very crude implementation.
When it is actually doing physical scanning, my both processors are then nearly idle.
When the physical scanning is done, the scanner has to wait until the current image has been fully post-processed, it doesn't proceed with the next image!
Thus the scanner has to wait for the host, it should be the reverse.
I would prefer that the program scans as fast as possible and puts all images in queue for post processing, the post processing is then not as time critical.

Do we need to hold our breath much longer? :wink:




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Postby LSI_Heidorn » Fri May 30, 2008 3:29 pm

Dear ulfr,

"Do we need to hold our breath much longer"

Well, give your best :-)

Honestly we are doing something in the background, but for the existing version we will recode the timeconsuming stuff ( e.g. iSRD ) in native code, so there will be a release that will run much faster on intel machines...

This was hard for a multi-billion company like Adobe, so imagine how hard it is for us...


best regards,

Nils Heidorn

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Re: Intel Mac On Silverfast 6, When make out Universal Binary?

Postby Minolta64 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 5:43 pm

A tip: download (it's free) and install VirtualBox, buy and install a cheap Windows XP license, and install Silverfast there. As I I have discovered just today, Silverfast runs much faster inside a Windows XP VirtualBox on my Mac, compared to when I run it natively :-?


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