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EPSON UNVEILS EXPRESSION 800 SCANNER.

Epson America Inc., creator of imaging products, has unveiled its new Expression 800, a high-quality, business and graphics scanner. Utilizing Epson's Micro Step Drive technology, the Expression 800 achieves a powerful 800 x 3200 dpi true hardware resolution. This precision coupled with high performance and robust software packages make the Expression 800 an excellent tool for mission-critical applications. The Expression 800 is similar to its predecessor the Expression 636 in its versatility and speed. Available in three cross-platform software configurations, Executive (Exec), Artist, and Professional (Pro) models. Artist and Pro models also include Monaco Profiler Lite, a new color management utility designed jointly by Epson and Monaco Systems. Additionally, the new Expression 800 delivers industry leading performance, producing scans 25-30 percent faster than the speedy Expression 636. In fact, the new Expression 800 can create a full color preview in less than 7 seconds, and scan an 8.5 x 11.7" color photo at 300 dpi in less than 25 seconds. "The new Expression 800 Exec, Artist, and Pro models offer an incredible value for Epson's customers and their specific application needs," said Robert Ozankan, product manager, high-end scanners, Epson. "With Epson's superior hardware design for fast and precise scans, and new color management features from Monaco, the Expression 800 is an excellent tool for graphic arts and business users of all levels of expertise." About the Expression 800 Like all of Epson's scanners, the Expression 800 features Epson's built-in ColorTrue Imaging System -- the custom engineered integration of superior hardware, optics, and image processing. Utilizing the ColorTrue Imaging System, the Expression 800 produces scans with amazing detail, phenomenal color accuracy, and incredible performance. The Expression 800 includes an 800 dpi CCD sensor and is able to achieve a true hardware resolution of 800 x 3200 dpi with Epson's Micro Step Drive technology. This technology features a precision stepper motor that enables the Expression 800 to scan by "quarter-stepping" in the vertical direction, thereby quadrupling resolution to achieve 3200 dpi. Most competitive technologies are capable of only "half-stepping" or doubling the resolution in the vertical direction. The Expression 800 can also achieve a maximum interpolated resolution of 12800 x 12800 dpi. Additionally, the Expression 800 offers 36-bit color depth both internally and externally providing excellent color accuracy. Ideal for scanning film negatives and transparencies, the Expression 800 has a high dynamic range with a Dmax of 3.3 to capture greater detail in highlight and shadow areas. To improve OCR accuracy, the Expression 800 features Epson's unique Text Enhancement Technology (TET) to extract scanned text from colored backgrounds and Auto Area Segmentation (AAS) to more easily scan documents with a combination of text, graphics and photos. Color Management with Monaco Profiler Lite -- Artist and Pro Models Epson has helped to solve critical color management issues with the Expression 800. In an exclusive joint development project, Epson and Monaco Systems created Monaco's Profiler Lite application for the Expression 800. Users walk through an easy-to-use wizard-like interface to calibrate their systems including scanner, printer and monitor. With this program, the Expression 800 can be used to create custom ICC profiles. This will insure that colors will match the original across a range of different devices when printed. If a user employs several printers, monitors or even paper types, a separate profile can be created for each device used or favorite settings. With Monaco's Profiler Lite and the Expression 800, users will see amazing color reproduction. This is an especially valuable and time saving tool for scanning intensive applications. Monaco Profiler Lite comes with an IT8 reflective target and creates ICC profiles compatible with Color Sync 2.5 for Macintosh and ICM 2 for Windows. LaserSoft SilverFast 4.0 -- Artist and Pro Models For superior photography and prepress scanning applications, the Expression 800 Artist and Pro models include LaserSoft's new SilverFast 4.0 plug-in for PhotoShop. An excellent scanning tool that complements Epson's TWAIN Pro driver, the SilverFast 4.0 driver provides an easy-to-use interface offering many image adjustment options in the prescan mode. Additionally, SilverFast 4.0 offers a new ScanPilot utility that steps users through the scanning process. Rather than manually adjusting image quality, users can simply click the "Auto Exposure" button for perfect scans every time. To increase productivity, SilverFast 4.0 offers batch scanning and frame setting features. Settings and frames can be saved and recalled for different scan jobs. Exec, Artist and Pro Configurations The Expression 800 Executive model sells for an estimated street price of $699 and includes the following for PCs with Windows 95/98/NT 4.0 and Power Macintosh with Mac OS 7.5 or later: -- EPSON TWAIN Pro -- LaserSoft SilverFast Lite -- Adobe PhotoShop 5.0 LE -- NewSoft Presto! PageManager for Epson -- Xerox TextBridge Classic OCR Software -- Adaptec 2902E PCI SCSI Card (for PC) The Expression 800 Artist model (PC/Mac) sells for an estimated street price of $799 and includes everything bundled with the Executive model. Additionally, the Artist model includes Monaco Profiler Lite and LaserSoft SilverFast 4.0. The Expression 800 Pro model (PC/Mac) sells for an estimated street price of $999 and includes the same bundle as the Artist model as well as the transparency adapter in a single box. Hardware Options Two hardware options are available for the Expression 800 to increase flexibility and productivity. An automatic document feeder (ADF) capable of scanning multiple pages and legal size documents is available for $499. A transparency unit is included with the Pro model and can also be purchased separately for $299. Pricing and Availability The Expression 800 Executive model, the Artist and Pro models will be available for street prices of $699, $799 and $999, respectively. All Expression 800 models can be purchased through Epson authorized dealers, mail order, resellers, superstores and consumer electronics stores. The Expression 800 carries a one-year limited warranty and is supported by the Epson Connection, a toll-free fully automated technical support and assistance line. About Epson Epson offers an extensive array of image capture and image output products for the consumer, business and graphic arts markets. The company is also a supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America, Inc. is headquartered in Torrance, Calif. EPSON EXPRESSION 800 SCANNER Fact Sheet General Specifications: Flatbed single pass color scanner 800 x 3200 dpi maximum hardware resolution w/ Micro Step Drive technology 12800 x 12800 maximum interpolated resolution 800 dpi CCD sensor optical resolution 3.3 Dmax 36-bit color scanning (internal/external) 12-bit grayscale scanning (internal/external) Outstanding Features: ColorTrue Imaging technology Built-in Text Enhancement Technology (TET) Built-in Auto Area Segmentation (AAS) technology Color Management System OCR/document management software Batch scanning Optional Features/Price: 8" x 10" Transparency Unit/$299 Street Price - Scans negative and positive 35mm film, slides/transparencies Automatic Document Feeder (30 pages)/$499 Street Price - Scans multiple-page and Legal-sized (8.5" x 14") documents Dimensions: Width 13.08", Depth 22.14", Height 5.25", Weight 18.74 lbs Scanning Speed: Color - approx. 7.5 msec/line Interface: SCSI-2 Compatibility: Windows 95 & 98, NT 4.0 TWAIN compliant Macintosh System 7.5 and newer Light Source: Xenon Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp (CCFL) Photoelectric Device: Color CCD line sensor Maximum Read Area: 8.5" x 11.7" Zooming: 50% to 200% Models Available (WIN/MAC): Executive (Business Professionals, Graphic Artists) Artist (Graphic Artists, Photographers, Service Bureaus) Professional (Graphic Artists, Photographers, Service Bureaus) Warranty: One year warranty, toll-free automated help line Scanner Configurations and Software Bundles: Executive Model: Epson TWAIN Pro (Win/Mac) $699 Street Price LaserSoft SilverFast Lite (TWAIN -- Win/Mac) Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE (Win/Mac) NewSoft Presto! PageManager for Epson (Win/Mac) Xerox TextBridge Classic OCR Software (Win/Mac) Adaptec 2902E PCI SCSI Card (for PC) Artist Model: Epson TWAIN Pro (Win/Mac) $799 Street Price LaserSoft SilverFast 4.0 (Win/Mac) Monaco Profiler Lite (Win/Mac) Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE (Win/Mac) NewSoft Presto! PageManager for Epson (Win/Mac) Xerox TextBridge Classic OCR Software (Win/Mac) Adaptec 2902E PCI SCSI Card (for PC) Professional Model: Transparency Unit $999 Street Price Epson TWAIN Pro (Win/Mac) LaserSoft SilverFast 4.0 (Win/Mac) Monaco Profiler Lite (Win/Mac) Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE (Win/Mac) NewSoft Presto! PageManager for Epson (Win/Mac) Xerox TextBridge Classic OCR Software (Win/Mac) Adaptec 2902E PCI SCSI Card (for PC) For more information, call 310/782-4026.
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