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Agfa Introduces SnapScan 1236u Desktop Scanner; Agfa Incorporates USB Interface into its Award-Winning SnapScan 1236S.

WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 15, 1999--

Agfa Desktop Products Group (USA-DTP), a leading provider of award-winning desktop scanners and digital cameras, introduces the SnapScan 1236u - a 36-bit, 600 X 1200 dpi, USB-compatible flatbed color scanner designed for SOHO and professional applications. The technical specifications of the SnapScan 1236u mirror those of the SnapScan 1236S - its award-winning SCSI predecessor.

The SnapScan 1236u brings the small and home office user the capability of powerful image capture, yet is priced to accommodate businesses that operate on a limited budget. Affordably-priced, the level of scanning performance remains high.

The SnapScan 1236u incorporates the advantages of the widely acclaimed USB interface with the award-winning features of the SnapScan 1236S. In addition, the SnapScan 1236u includes ScanWise, the revolutionary new scanner driver designed for Agfa's family of SnapScan scanners.

The specifications of the SnapScan 1236u and the SnapScan 1236S are identical - the differentiating factor between these two SnapScan units is the interface. The new SnapScan 1236u is fixed with universal serial bus (USB) connector, a one-size-fits-all, plug and play connection. The SnapScan 1236S has a SCSI-II interface.

The SnapScan 1236u scanner features a 36-bit color depth (12 bits per color) and true 600 X 1200 optical resolution (can be interpolated up to 9600 dpi). In addition, the SnapScan 1236u scanner includes a wide dynamic range and advanced editing tools for scanning a wide variety of originals.

The maximum scanning area of the SnapScan 1236u scanner is 8.5" x 11.7".

The SnapScan 1236u is available on both PC (Win 98 and Win NT 4.0) and Macintosh(TM)platforms.

ScanWise Features

ScanWise users will be impressed by the simplicity of the interface, which consists of four-tabbed menu cards on the left and a preview box to the right of the screen. The four-tabbed menu cards are logically ordered to lead the user through the simple scan process. The first determines the type of original to be scanned and the second incorporates the destination of the scan. The third menu allows automatic or manual color and tone changes while the fourth provides intuitive size settings.

In addition to ScanWise, other software packages bundled with the SnapScan scanners include: MicroFrontier Color it! (image editing software) and Caere OmniPage LE 5.1 (OCR software) for the Mac, while PC versions will be bundled with Corel PrintHouse Magic (image editing and design software), Caere OmniPage LE 5.1 and Caere PageKeeper (document management software).

Pricing and Availability

The SnapScan 1236u will be available in the U.S. in October, for the suggested price of $199.

SnapScan 1236U Option

An optional automatic document feeder (ADF) and transparency module (TPO) further extend the scanner's professional capabilities. Both are currently available in the U.S., at the suggested price of $249 and $220, respectively.

About Agfa

Agfa Corporation is a subsidiary of the Agfa-Gevaert Group, one of the world's leading imaging companies, headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. Agfa develops, produces and markets analog and digital systems, primarily for the graphics, medical and industrial radiography, and consumer imaging and photography markets. Agfa Corporation, headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, employs 5,000 people. Worldwide, Agfa's annual sales are nearly $5 billion.

(Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Color images of Agfa products are available for download from Agfa's press site on the World Wide Web at or by contacting Mandy Heikkila of Agfa DTP at 978/658-5600, ext. 5651

Product and company information can be found on Agfa's home page on the World Wide Web at
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