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The Precision III offers all the benefits of previous models in terms of quality, ease of use and cost, but with improvements in speed and higher resolutions. Imacon have introduced an upgrade package called OptiRes Upgrade Kit, which enables customers to upgrade Precision II scanners to the same level as the new model.
"The previous Precision II scanner had five fixed scanning resolutions, and was designed to scan at the next highest true optical resolution on jobs where the required resolution fell between the five set figures. This meant that the software had to interpolate down the digital data, which obviously used up some production time," says Imacon founder Christian Poulsen.
"The new Flextight Precision III incorporates variable resolutions which means that there is no requirement for interpolation and therefore scanning speed and quality is increased significantly. Compared to the previous scanner the Precision III is up to three times faster. This is a huge improvement on a scanner that was already considered by the industry to be very quick."
The new Precision III offers a maximum true optical resolution of 6300dpi. A 35mm landscape transparency could now be scanned at, for example, 5000dpi, while a 6x4.5cm portrait original could be scanned at 4500dpi.
Like the other Flextight scanners the Precision III incorporates the unique Flextight magnetic original holder design, which eliminates the need for mounting originals on glass. Thus, there is no need for gel or tape, and the operator does not have to clean each transparency after scanning. The design also enables scanning to be carried out quickly as originals are simply placed within the holder, while the built-in light table and grid means that originals can be aligned simply.
As the magnetic holder retracts automatically into the scanner it is fed around a virtual drum, which creates a perfectly flat surface directly underneath the CCD. Scanning the surface of the original without the use of glass removes the danger of Newton Rings or moir, as well as colour flare and registration errors.
The Precision III handles positive or negative originals from 35mm to 12x17cm, as well as reflective copy up to 220x310mm including colour, line-art and grey scale work. Imacon say its ability to pick out minute detail and its sharpness help to make it the best negative scanner on the market today. The unique design eliminates complicated moving optics and results in an extremely compact scanner. An external power supply removes the possibility of electrical noise caused by heat or electronics.
Imacon's new OptiRes Upgrade Kit package consists of a CD, FireWire and adaptor plus focus calibration sheets. "If a customer has a Flextight Precision II and wants to upgrade to the features offered by the new Precision III, they can do this easily with the new OptiRes Upgrade kit," says Christian Poulsen. "In addition, the software can be used to create a file that can be downloaded automatically to the Imacon headquarters, where we can check that the upgrade has been carried out successfully."
Imacon say the ColorFlex software used in the Flextight scanners is very easy to use, yet offers a host of sophisticated image manipulation and colour correcting features. The application software includes automatic image analysis, which makes creating a print-ready scan very straightforward. The new Flextight Precision III can be used with both PC and Macintosh platforms.
"We see a huge range of markets for the new Precision III, from photographic studios and imaging bureaux to pre-press houses and printers. With the demand for digitised information increasing the Flextight Precision III is perfect for companies requiring the highest quality scanning but at an affordable price. There is also excellent technical support from our staff and dealers," says Mr Poulsen.
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