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APPLE UNVEILS COLOR SCANNER AND NEW OFOTO 2.0 IMAGE CAPTURE SOFTWARE

 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today introduced an easy-to-use, 24-bit color scanner designed and priced to appeal to mainstream Macintosh users. The Apple Color OneScanner offers innovative, easy-to-use software, as well as advanced, custom hardware for simple one-button operation and professional quality color imaging. It carries a U.S. suggested retail price of $1,349.
 "Until recently, color scanning has been the province of graphic artists and high-end desktop publishers," said John Moon, Apple's vice president of Imaging Products. "But with the Color OneScanner, Macintosh users can easily incorporate color images into their documents. The Color OneScanner is one of the first steps in fulfilling our goal to offer color solutions throughout our product line."
 Developed in conjunction with Light Source Inc. of Greenbrae, Calif., Ofoto 2.0 image-capture software brings quality and simplicity to color scanning. The Autoscan feature allows all aspects of the scanning operation to be completed with the push of a single button -- from setting brightness and contrast, and straightening and cropping images, to adjusting images for the printer or output device being used. Ofoto's Autoscan feature removes the complexities of scanning while ensuring high-quality images, and it frees users from the frustrations experienced with many other scanning applications. Ofoto's flexibility also allows more experienced OneScanner users to manually control the scanning process to achieve special effects and other individual variations.
 Ofoto 2.0 both improves upon the features of earlier versions of the scanner software and brings new capabilities to scanning. Some of the new features include the following:
 Highlight/shadow control measures the darkest and lightest point in an image, providing a wide range of shades in between for more detailed images.
 Color cast correction adds or removes a color from an image. This feature is typically used to remove a "cast" from a photo such as an orange tone caused by poor lighting conditions, or a blue haze caused by fog, smog or cloudy conditions.
 Printer specific sharpening compensates for the blurring of a printer image because of ink spreading on the paper. Ofoto software automatically adjusts for this.
 Image focusing "sharpens" pictures that are slightly out of focus.
 Background processing lets the user work in other applications while Ofoto scans and processes the image in the background.
 "We've teamed with Apple to build a product that does the best possible job reproducing color and grayscale photographs and line art, from scan to print," said Michael Solomon, Light Source president. "We expect to enable a whole new set of users with the ability to create image-rich documents that will have the same striking visual impact on the business world as did the original desktop published documents."
 Every aspect of the Color OneScanner's hardware was designed to ensure precision color imaging that is rivaled only by high-end, high-priced color scanners. The OneScanner's more notable features include a custom-designed lens that provides sharpness not only in the middle of the scanning bed but also at the edges; a color-correcting application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), which adjusts data on the fly to produce more vibrant and accurate colors; motors designed to minimize mechanical vibration and specially designed color sensors, which enable more precise scans and color registration for sharper and clearer images; and single-pass scanning that lets the user see the image as it's being scanned.
 Also included with the Color OneScanner is Apple's ColorSync color matching software. ColorSync works in conjunction with the scanner and Ofoto software to improve color fidelity and consistency from scanner to computer screen to printer. ColorSync helps Color OneScanner users achieve "what you see is what you get" color (or the closest approximation), which even more sophisticated scanners on the market rarely offer.
 The Color OneScanner is compatible with a wide variety of optical character recognition (OCR) software applications. Caere Corp.'s OmniPage Professional and Direct programs use Caere's AnyPage technology to enhance the optical character recognition capabilities of the OneScanner. For more information call Caere Corp. at 800-535-SCAN. Graphics can be scanned directly into Adobe Photoshop using the ScanTastic ps plug-in from Second Glance. The ScanTastic ps plug-in is available for $99 by calling Second Glance at 714-855-2331.
 The Color OneScanner has a suggested retail price in the United States of $1,349, and will be available in February 1993. Pricing and availability will vary outside the United States.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks; and OneScanner and ColorSync are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc.
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