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Microtek launch new scanners - Microtek showed several new scanner models at the Cebit exhibition held in Hanover Germany.
Since introducing the world's first desktop image scanner for personal computing in 1984, Microtek have maintained their pioneering tradition and have focused their creative resources on the cutting edge of image processing technology. The company claim they have continued to redefine the boundaries of scanning technology with the continuous creation of significant products and innovations within the industry for the last two decades.
The ArtixScan 120tf is an advanced, multi format scanner combining dual FireWire and SCSI-2 interfaces with a 4000dpi resolution, 42-bit colour depth and a 4.2 Dmax to produce razor sharp images, accurate colour and superb shadows/highlights. With the ArtixScan 120tf, both professional artists and photographers alike will find it easy and fast to scan a variety of film sizes including 6x9cm, 6x6cm, and 6x4.5cm as well as 35mm mounted slides and 35mm filmstrips.
Also being shown for the very first time were two new dedicated film scanners; the FilmScan 2700 and FilmScan 3600 ICE. Both units combine high quality with powerful features at breakthrough prices. FilmScan 2700 with an optical density of 2700dpi and true 36-bit colour depth is the ideal unit for scanning 35mm transparencies.
The FilmScan 3600 is a professional quality 35mm scanner capable of scanning positive and negative strips, slides and up to 40 exposures in a single film roll. An advanced auto-focusing system ensures sharp results whilst the high density of 3.6D captures all image highlight and shadow detail. High productivity is ensured with batch scanning support and the 3600dpi optical resolution allows output at up to A3 size. The addition of Applied Science Fiction's Digital ICE allows users to scan a damaged photo print and fix scratched, creased and cracked photos while you scan.
Reflecting the innovative style of Microtek's corporate objectives, Microtek have identified that the expertise they have can be applied to other areas of the ever changing IT industry resulting in new products bearing the Microtek brand name. Furthermore these new products should be at the input level of the computer industry. One of the first products to reflect this diversification was the Microtek C783 17" LCD monitor introduced into the American market place in Autumn 2001. Additional research has shown that one area that represents a growth opportunity is the field of document imaging. With Microtek's core expertise being scanner-based technologies, they have now decided to apply that expertise to developing a range of products specifically for that market place. The first of the models in that range was the TurboScan 1505u, which is a 15 page per minute black and white or colour, simplex or duplex, document scanner. The ArtixScan DI 2010 is the second addition to the Microtek document scanner range and is expected to be available in Q3. This model is the lowest cost 20 page per minute document scanner available in the market today. It offers an ideal solution for small businesses looking to either archive documents, scan reports and convert editable text (OCR) or implement a low cost document management system.
Microtek will also expand their product range to include digital cameras and projectors. Currently Microtek produce a range of digital cameras that are only available as OEM products however it is anticipated that Microtek will start shipping their first two models, the Microtek Take-It S1 and the Cameo T1 in Europe by the Summer.