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LOGITECH ANNOUNCES 24-BIT COLOR HAND-HELD SCANNER; SCANMAN COLOR FEATURES VIRTUAL PAGE SCANNING, TOTAL SYSTEM CALIBRATION

 LOGITECH ANNOUNCES 24-BIT COLOR HAND-HELD SCANNER; SCANMAN COLOR
 FEATURES VIRTUAL PAGE SCANNING, TOTAL SYSTEM CALIBRATION
 NEW YORK, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Logitech Inc., international market leader in imaging solutions and pointing devices for personal computers, is introducing ScanMan(R) color, a 24-bit color hand-held scanner for the Microsoft(R) Windows(TM) environment. The product, announced at a press conference in New York City, lists for $699 and will be available through Logitech dealers and distributors in September.
 ScanMan Color's hardware captures up to 16.8 million colors and features a proprietary white fluorescent light that permits consistent scanning brightness without a warm-up period. All other hand-held units currently available on the market require warm-up periods ranging between 30 seconds and two minutes and may need to be turned off periodically as they continue to heat. The Logitech white light "levels out" immediately and remains consistent.
 With its 24-bit capacity, ScanMan Color is able to capture true 256 gray-scale data on-the-fly, in addition to its 16.8 million colors, without the need to convert color information to gray-scale -- a process common to all 12- and 18-bit models.
 ScanMan Color is bundled with FotoTouch(TM) Color Image Editing Software, a significantly expanded version of Logitech's award-winning FotoTouch application. A key component of FotoTouch is Logitech's "AutoStitch" capability, a feature which allows users to merge multiple scans, without manual interaction. The software automatically "deskews" each scan, locates matching features, extrapolates to fill in missing pixels, and calibrates color across the entire finished image.
 FotoTouch Color offers a rich variety of editing tools, located in a unique, customizable "toolbox & drawer" structure. An interactive context-sensitive graphical help system lets users browse through a series of graphics screens and icons to locate specific help topics. To create this unique help interface, Logitech used the text/graphics capabilities in the Windows 3.1 help engine, which is bundled with the software for accessibility by Windows 3.0 users.
 Additional software features include slider controls for adjusting brightness, contrast, and tonality; color balance; transparency effects; enhanced Super VGA display capabilities; and a rich variety of editing tools.
 In the color imaging environment, maintaining consistency of color among the original image, monitor-displayed image, and finished output is difficult. To answer this challenge and ensure color consistency, Logitech has added "total system calibration" to FotoTouch Color. Users can calibrate monitor colors by matching a perfect black-and-white checkerboard pattern with computer-rendered gray. For printer calibration, FotoTouch Color sends a graded color strip to the printer; this printed strip is then scanned back into FotoTouch for comparison with the original data. A one-time adjustment is made for each particular printer.
 ScanMan Color adheres to the TWAIN protocol, and API (application program interface) developed jointly by Aldus, Caere, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, and Logitech and reviewed and/or endorsed by more than 200 hardware vendors and software developers. In addition, FotoTouch Color functions as a Microsoft OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) server. This allows the use of color images in any application that supports OLE.
 Logitech expects strong demand for ScanMan Color in the areas of corporate presentations, professional design work, word-processed and desktop-published documents, and image databases. "At this price point, ScanMan Color represents an affordable yet extremely powerful tool for individual desktops," said Molly Carlson, Logitech product marketing manager. "We're introducing the product under very favorable market conditions: Associated peripherals, such as color printers, are declining in price; memory is less expensive; industry standards such as TWAIN and OLE are leveraging developer efforts and providing easy ways to incorporate graphics into a wide variety of documents; and applications supporting color are proliferating."
 The hand-held scanner market is expected to show continuing strong growth over the next several years, according to Massachusetts-based BIS Strategic Decisions, which predicts that hand-held units will outnumber flatbed models by a factor of four-to-one by 1993. Total hand-held units will experience a 27-percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) through 1996, while hand-held units for the Windows environment will grow at a 50-percent CAGR during the same period.
 Minimal system requirements for ScanMan Color include an IBM AT or compatible with a 386SX processor or above, Microsoft Windows 3.0 or 3.1, four megabytes of RAM, five megabytes of free disk space, one open 16-bit AT slot, a graphics card (VGA minimum, 256-color SVGA or above recommended) and a mouse.
 Logitech designs, manufactures, and markets a variety of input and pointing devices and related software applications for both IBM and Macintosh platforms. Logitech International, the financial holding company for the Logitech Group, is traded publicly in Switzerland on the Zurich and Geneva exchanges. With operational headquarters in Fremont, Calif., the group maintains manufacturing facilities in Fremont; Hsinchu, Taiwan; and Cork, Ireland; and offices in major cities in the United States, Europe, and the Far East.
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 NOTE: For more information on this or other Logitech products, contact Customer Sales, 800-231-7717.
 /CONTACT: Betty Skov, 510-713-4463; or Serge Timacheff, 510-713-4439, both of Logitech; or Deborah Caldwell of Neale-May & Partners, 415-328-5555, for Logitech/ CO: Logitech Inc. ST: California; New York IN: CPR SU: PDT


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