ScanView Flattens Competition With New Ultra-Premium ScanMate F8 Flatbed Scanner; Features 8,640 element CCD for best image quality, unique light table for ease of use and vertical optics path for highest flexibility.
FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 1996--ScanView, manufacturer of high quality desktop scanners, imagesetters and digital camera backs, today announced a revolutionary addition to its innovative product line: a 4,000 dpi large format ultra-premium flatbed scanner A scanner that provides a flat, glass surface to hold pages of paper, books and other objects for scanning. The scan head is moved under the glass across the page. Sheet feeders are usually optionally available that allow multiple sheets to be fed automatically. called the ScanMate F8(TM).
Designed to deliver professional-level quality, speed and flexibility in an easy-to-use package, the ScanMate F8 can scan virtually any original image.
Priced at $39,995, this tri-linear color CCD-based flatbed features an industry-topping 8,640 element CCD sensor See CCD. , an adjustable focus, plus a built-in LightView(TM) light table which enables easy comparison of originals with their on-screen on·screen or on-screen
adj. & adv.
1. As shown on a movie, television, or display screen.
2. Within public view; in public. images without removing them from the scanner.
The remarkably compact floor-standing unit offers a maximum scanning area of 11" x 17" for reflectives and 8" x 17" for transparencies. The ScanMate F8 offers preview and batch scanning and can be operated from both a sitting and standing position.
The ScanMate F8 has a scanning speed of 300K pixels/second at maximum resolution enabling the scanner to digitize a remarkable twenty 35mm slides per hour. Its optical density range is 3.7 and color is captured in 16 bits per channel, 48 bits in total. Unlike most flatbeds, the ScanMate F8 features a unique custom fluorescent light source and highly simplified vertical optical path.
This light source delivers a more continuous range of luminance The amount of brightness, measured in lumens, that is given off by a pixel or area on a screen. For example, dark red and bright red would have the same chrominance, but a different luminance. than other fluorescents and the optics provide the scanner with an unparalleled depth of field and focusing capability. This feature allows users to scan 35mm slides without unmounting them as well as providing optical de-screening of screened images.
The ScanMate F8 includes the new ColorTrio(TM) RGB (Red Green Blue) The computer's native color space, which is the color system for capturing and displaying images. RGB was derived from our own perception of color because human eyes are sensitive to red, green and blue (see trichromaticity). software, which runs as a standalone application or as a plug-in to Photoshop or other image editing programs. ScanView's award-winning scanning and separation software, ColorQuartet, is an available option and can be configured to enable the ScanMate F8 to be interfaced into an existing ScanView drum scanner A type of scanner used to capture the highest resolution from an image. Photographs and transparencies are taped, clamped or fitted into a clear cylinder (drum) that is spun at speeds exceeding 1,000 RPM during the scanning operation. environment.
ColorQuartet operates natively in CIE-LAB color space A system for describing color numerically. Also known as a "color model," the most widely used color spaces are RGB for scanners and displays, CMYK for color printing and YUV for video and TV. and offers powerful features such as CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow blacK) The color space used for commercial printing and most color computer printers. In theory, cyan, magenta and yellow (CMY) can print all colors, but inks are not pure and black comes out muddy. conversion and unsharp masking Unsharp masking is an image manipulation technique now familiar to many users of digital image processing software, but it seems to have been first used in Germany in the 1930s as a way of increasing the acutance, or apparent sharpness, of photographic images. on-the-fly as well as selective color Selective color is a post-processing technique where most of a photo is converted to black and white, but some parts are left in color. This is usually achieved by using layers and masks in photo editing software (The GIMP or Photoshop, for example). correction. ScanView's User Guidance System(TM) and ScanFlow Server(TM) are available options to ColorQuartet that are supported by the ScanMate F8.
The User Guidance System adds artificial intelligence to the scanning process by providing desired color corrections with minimal user intervention. The unique ScanFlow Server option allows users to overlap work processes for even greater productivity and flexibility in the prepress workflow.
"The ScanMate F8 represents a technology breakthrough for the emerging category of ultra-premium flatbed scanners," said Bo Larsson, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of ScanView Inc. "No other flatbed on the market can match the ScanMate F8 for its price/performance, flexibility or quality.
"In designing this professional, high-performance scanner, we leveraged our considerable experience in CCD CCD
in full charge-coupled device
Semiconductor device in which the individual semiconductor components are connected so that the electrical charge at the output of one device provides the input to the next device. image capturing technology from the Carnival(TM) digital cameras, plus our analog-to-digital conversion expertise from our highly successful PMT-based drum scanner line. This puts ScanView in a unique position to offer the market the best of both worlds."
The ScanMate F8 is of equal interest to users in the emerging segments of the PostScript publishing world, such as newspapers, publishing companies, corporate publishing departments and ad agencies, and to users in the established graphic arts segments, such as service bureaus, commercial printers and trade shops.
Any user with a need for scanning a variety of originals, including bound and oversized o·ver·size
1. A size that is larger than usual.
2. An oversize article or object.
adj. o·ver·size also o·ver·sized
Larger in size than usual or necessary. documents, as well as all types of transparencies, negatives and reflective images, and who wants high-speed scanning, professional output and good value will be excellently served by the ScanMate F8.
Included with the ScanMate F8 is a CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). containing the new ColorTrio stand-alone scanning application which produces RGB files for import to Photoshop for further color handling and separation. ColorTrio is designed to allow all levels of users straightforward access to the power of the ScanMate F8 without training or studying a manual.
The CD-ROM also includes a demonstration version of the highly regarded ColorQuartet software, which can be upgraded to the full working version. ColorQuartet is a comprehensive scanning, color control and separation program that provides all the sophisticated tools color professionals expect, yet can be easily used by color novices to produce high-quality results.
Used with ColorQuartet, the ScanMate F8 offers 3 x 16-bit color resolution, for an industry leading 48-bit per pixel image acquisition capability.
About the Company
ScanView, a privately-held company, was founded in 1990 and shipped its first prepress products in 1991. From the outset, the company's unique, contemporary product designs have received international acclaim.
With a broad range of easy-to-use scanning, separation and imagesetting systems designed to maximize productivity, ScanView helps users achieve the high-quality professional results they want, in the colors they expect.
CONTACT: ScanView Inc.
Jon Lewis, 415/378-6360
High Performance Marketing
Laura Ness, 408/338-1416