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Storm Technology Launches World's First USB Scanner

PageScan(TM) USB Takes Full Advantage of USB Technology, Enabling True
 'Plug-and-Play' Portability


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Storm Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: EASY), a leading supplier of affordable, high-quality color scanners, today shipped PageScan USB, a compact and lightweight sheetfed scanner that sets a new standard for portable desktop peripherals. PageScan USB is the first scanner to feature breakthrough USB (universal serial bus) technology, a key component of Windows 98 and an innovative new interface that eliminates the need for a conventional power supply, enables hot "plug-and-play" and offers increased scanning speeds. With a comprehensive software solution, PageScan USB makes scanning documents and photos to copy, fax, file and e-mail fast and practical, whether at your desk or on the road.

PageScan USB easily connects to and disconnects from any USB-capable laptop or desktop PC without the need to restart and safely draws its power from the PC, eliminating the need for an external power supply. PageScan USB provides high-speed data transfer between the scanner and the computer, yielding faster scanning speeds than other scanners that run through conventional parallel or serial ports. Its unique industrial design requires minimal desktop space, and it is compact and light enough to travel in a briefcase or computer bag, allowing mobile professionals to scan from anywhere.

"What's unique about PageScan USB, is that for the first time our increasingly more mobile customers can actually bring scanning capabilities anywhere, whether it be the PC in the next room, a remote office, or even your tray table on an airplane," said Bill Krause, president and CEO of Storm Technology, Inc. "Windows 98 support of USB technology is key to bringing this level of convenience and ease-of-use to our customers."

Windows 98

Storm Technology is proud to strategically align itself with Microsoft for the launch of Windows 98 later this month. PageScan USB is designed to take full advantage of Microsoft Windows 98, a platform that promises to make the PC work and play better, and enables a new generation of hardware devices by featuring USB technology. PageScan USB will be promoted by Microsoft to millions of Windows 98 users as a premier product that utilizes the benefits of Windows 98.

"Windows 98 features unprecedented ease-of-use when connecting and working with new USB hardware devices," said Rob Bennett, Group Product Manager, Windows Platform, Microsoft Corp. "In terms of design and functionality, PageScan USB enables customers to get all the advantages of Windows 98, combined with a world-class scanning solution."

PageScan USB has a footprint of less than 12.5" x 2.5" and weighs under 2 pounds. Its small form factor and single USB connection eliminates desktop and power outlet clutter, making it easy for users to transport the scanner from PC to PC without interrupting workflow. In addition, PageScan USB features 24-bit color scanning with 300 dpi optical resolution and 2400 dpi enhanced resolution.

"With the first personal scanner on the market to feature USB technology, Storm is at the forefront of the next big wave in desktop peripherals," said Kristy Holch, principal of InfoTrends Research Group. "PageScan USB demonstrates a new standard for 'plug-and-play' computing."

Powerful Software Package

PageScan USB comes equipped with powerful software that gives users all the tools they need to scan, copy, fax, file, e-mail, edit and create colorful documents. PageScan USB includes ScanBank and i publish software along with Storm Technology's Photo and Internet software suites.

Storm Technology's ScanBank(TM) is an innovative, intuitive way to scan documents and photos and use them in a variety of applications. Tightly integrated with PageScan USB, ScanBank enables users to incorporate scanned text and photos into virtually any application to create dynamic newsletters, reports, or other documents within minutes. Simply drag and drop scanned images on any of the application or function icons to instantly copy, fax, e-mail, or edit text and photos. ScanBank automatically implements Xerox's TextBridge OCR to create editable text documents, and graphical cropping, resizing and rotation tools enable quick and accurate photo editing. In addition, the ScanBank gallery uses a revolutionary method of managing documents and photos that works much like the way people think by sorting scans based on a number of different attributes.

Design Intelligence's i publish is a powerful desktop publishing tool that allows users to drag and drop their text and photos into pre-designed templates, automatically transforming them into polished, professional-looking documents such as company newsletters, flyers, reports and proposals. These documents can also be transformed into HTML documents for the Web, with a simple click of the mouse.

Photo Software Suite

Storm Technology's EasyPhoto(TM) and Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 are seamlessly integrated, eliminating several steps ordinary software requires for managing, enhancing and incorporating photos into letters, cards, calendars and more. EasyPhoto enables users to organize photos into galleries. Adobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 makes it easy for users to create photo-rich projects with its various ready-made templates.

Internet Software Suite

IXLA Group's ixla Photo Scanner Suite - Internet Edition lets users easily create, publish and maintain their own Web pages just like a professional Web designer. This application includes ready-made templates, clip art and animations and writes the HTML for simple Web posting.

My-Website.com is an online password-protected, professionally-designed photo album to which users can upload new photos and captions, enabling them to share their personal photos with others around the world.

Blaze Technologies' Barking Cards lets users quickly create and send animated, online greeting cards to co-workers, friends and family via the Internet. Users can choose from templates with professional soundtracks and punchlines and add personal text messages, photos or voice recordings. The greeting is a compressed, self-playing file.

System Requirements

* IBM or compatible system running Windows 98 or Windows 95 version

4.00.950B or higher

* Available USB port

* 16 MB RAM minimum; 32 MB RAM recommended

* 90 MB free hard disk space minimum

* Software on CD-ROM

* Display with 16-bit color capability or better

* Copying capability requires a printer

* Faxing capability requires a fax modem and fax software

Pricing and Availability

PageScan USB has an estimated street price of $149. Storm personal scanners are available at America Online, Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Computer City, Internet Shopping Network, Sears, Staples, and direct from Storm Technology via the company's Web site at www.stormtech.com or toll free number at 888-438-3279.

Storm Technology, Inc.

Storm Technology, Inc. ( http://www.stormtech.com ) is a leading supplier of personal scanners that enable customers to input, organize, store and use digital images with their computers. Storm is committed to developing innovative digital imaging products that deliver the latest technology with the highest quality at the most affordable prices. Storm's current scanner line includes EasyPhoto ImageWave(TM), EasyPhoto Reader(TM), EasyPhoto SmartPage Pro(TM), PageScan USB and TotalScan(TM). Storm scanners are sold at major computer retailers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Additionally, Storm licenses digital imaging software to leading technology providers including Adobe, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft and Sharp. Founded in 1990, Storm is based in Mountain View, California.

NOTE: Storm Technology, EasyPhoto, EasyPhoto ImageWave, EasyPhoto Reader, EasyPhoto SmartPage Pro, PageScan, ScanBank and TotalScan are trademarks of Storm Technology, Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

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