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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 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, an adjustable focus, plus a built-in LightView(TM) light table which enables easy comparison of originals with their on-screen 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 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 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 environment.

ColorQuartet operates natively in CIE-LAB color space and offers powerful features such as CMYK conversion and unsharp masking on-the-fly as well as selective color 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 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 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."

Target Markets

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 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 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
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