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TWAIN APPLICATION PROGRAM INTERFACE AND PROTOCOL NOW SHIPPING

 TWAIN APPLICATION PROGRAM INTERFACE AND PROTOCOL NOW SHIPPING
 Cross-Platform API Permits Easy Image Acquisition;
 List of Implementors and Endorsers Growing Rapidly
 SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The TWAIN Specification, developed jointly by leading imaging vendors, is now shipping in toolkit form to hardware manufacturers and software developers. TWAIN is a cross-platform application program interface (API) and protocol which permits the easy integration of a wide range of input peripherals with any software application needing the information generated by these devices. The specification was developed by a working group of five industry leaders -- Aldus, Caere, Eastman Kodak, Hewlett-Packard Co., and Logitech -- with input from a coalition of imaging hardware and software companies.
 Designed to be portable across several computing platforms, TWAIN provides a powerful link between any compliant software and input peripheral. Version 1.0 of the toolkit will operate under the Macintosh operating system, versions 6.05 up, and Microsoft Windows, version 3.0 and higher. During its creation, the TWAIN specification was also know by the working names "Direct Connect" and "CLASP."
 TWAIN describes how to interconnect imaging products, such as desktop and hand-held scanners, slide scanners, frame grabbers, digital cameras, and image databases, with any software application able to handle the data format -- known as "raster" information -- that these sources produce. By implementing TWAIN, software developers can offer direct support for a variety of image sources within a single application, without having to create multiple drivers. In addition, as participating hardware vendors upgrade or change their products, there will be no need to rewrite drivers.
 For end users, TWAIN brings the ability to add images quickly and easily to a wide range of documents without having to quit an application, acquire an image and store it as an appropriate file, re- open the initial application, and import the image. The transfer of data is completely transparent, appearing as an integral part of the menu options of the software application.
 "The input of images into computers affords tremendous productivity, efficiency, and aesthetic benefits to our world today," stated Kristy Holch, director of the Scanner Market Strategies division at BIS Strategic Decisions, an international industry research firm. "Until now, the use of graphic and text-based images has been held back by the variety of hardware and software products and their inability to communicate among themselves. The new TWAIN specification confronts the problem by offering a 'grand central station,' or common language, through which TWAIN-speaking products can communicate. This greatly simplifies the task of development, and opens the field to a much wider choice of compatible hardware and software for users. If it is broadly adopted by vendors, TWAIN will bring about the proliferation of images in computer-based applications."
 The core element of TWAIN's architecture is the Source Manager (SM), a code resource on the Macintosh and a DLL under Microsoft Windows. The Source Manager's primary role is to establish and manage connections between an application and an image source. It allows the user to select a source, loads and unloads the selected source, and makes sure that all calls from a particular application are correctly routed to the appropriate source.
 Members of the Working Group and Coalition have cooperated closely over the past 18 months to meet a widely recognized need, putting aside competitive concerns in an effort to grow the market for all players. To date, more than 175 companies have reviewed preliminary drafts of the specification and provided comments and suggestions. The following companies are presently implementing TWAIN compliance in their products:
 Aldus, Bear River Associates, Caere, Canon U.S.A., Hammerlab,
 Hewlett-Packard Co., Image-In, Intel Corp., Kofax,
 LightSource, Logitech, Lotus Development Corp., Media Cybernetics,
 Micrografx, Microtek, Ocron, OCR Systems, Orion Systems, Pixel
 Translations, Recognita, Ricoh Corp., Seiko, Vividata, Zedcor,
 ZSoft. In addition, the following companies have endorsed TWAIN as a viable API that answers both developer and end-user demands:
 Adobe, Agfa-Gavaert Belgium, Calera Recognition Systems, Corel
 Systems, Diamond Flower Electric Inst., Eastman Kodak, Howtek, KYE
 International - Genius, Letraset, Marstek, Mitsubishi
 International, Mouse Systems, NBI, Nikon, Nisca, On the Go
 Software, Pentax Technologies, Pre-Press Technologies, Primax
 Electronics, Software Architects, The Complete PC, Ventura
 Software.
 The five members of the Working Group will provide advice and support for TWAIN implementors. Vendors of compliant products will be encouraged to use the TWAIN logo on packaging and in promotional materials.
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 NOTE: For a copy of the TWAIN toolkit, contact 800-722-0379 (United States and Canada) or fax 206-628-5737 (other locations). Ask for Document No. 9154.
 /CONTACT: Jane Dauber of Aldus, 206-628-6674; JoAnn Johnston of Caere, 415-354-4496; Mike Lough of Hewlett-Packard Co., 619-592-8068; Engelina Jaspers of Kodak, 716-724-6891; Betty Skov of Logitech, 510-713-4463/ CO: Logitech, Inc. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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