Microtek have announced an impressively specified A3 scanner. Starting with the main features they are:
- 1600 x 3200 optical resolution
- 16' x 12' transparency option
- 48 bit colour with 3.7 DMax
- Multi Sampling support
- Network scanning
- FireWire, SCSI - 2 and USB ports
Features such as the 16' x 12' transparency option and Network scanning make this scanner relatively unique. Microtek have chosen to include three of the main connection types instead of opting only for one as is so often the case.
The software bundle includes SilverFast A1 5.5 (IT-8) and Adobe Photoshop Elements. For more information the full press release is included below.
Rotterdam - Microtek, a pioneer in scanning technologies and a leader in graphic imaging solutions is proud to announce another innovative scanning addition to its ScanMaker product family, the ScanMaker 9800XL. This is a high-resolution professional A3-size scanner that features a triple-interface structure (USB, FireWire, and SCSI-II), OCR and optional TMA support.
The ScanMaker 9800XL combines high productivity and ease of use for professionals in scanning reflective or transparency originals; it supports network scanning in Windows, making it even more powerful. In addition, the ScanMaker 9800XL provides high-volume X-ray scanning capabilities for Radiology Professionals.
Features and Benefits:
High 1600 x 3200 dpi Resolution.An all new internal design includes precision mechanics, optics and CCD sensor to allow 533% enlargements of images for printing at 300dpi.
48 - bit Colour with Pre - press Quality. Dmax 3.7. With a true optical resolution of 1600 dpi scanning and a Dmax of 3.7, the ScanMaker 9800XL captures a tremendous amount of detail from your large-format A3 scanner area, allowing scans to be printed perfectly and revealing superior image quality.
Large Format A3 scanning area.The ScanMaker 9800 XL is able to scan large format work up to A3 or batch scan multiple images with its 17' x 12' scan area.
FireWire, USB and SCSI -II Connectivity.This scanner is fast! With the scanner's FireWire interface, Microtek has achieved a breakthrough in image data transfer. Using the scanner's 48-bit and 1600-dpi settings with FireWire connection, a full A3 scan will complete in less than six minutes.
Multi Sampling.Multiple Sampling, allows the ScanMaker 9800XL to reduce random image noise that is part of the normal scanning process and which adversely affects the quality of scanned images. With this technology, each scanned line is sampled multiple times (the frequency determined by users in 2, 4, or 8 options) to optimize signals, with the samples then averaged out to distill top-quality data. Multiple sampling effectively minimizes signal fluctuation and artifacts, resulting in a purer image output and enhanced optical density range.
Network Scanning.Windows users can benefit from sharing this scanner over a local area network. Once installed, ScanWizard Pro is used for each client as if the scanner was directly connected to the PC.
Optional Transparency Adaptor. The TMA 1600 offers a very large 16' x 12' scanning area and comes complete with templates to lift the film clear of the glass thus avoiding Newton Ring distortion. Perfect for scanning medium and large format transparencies ( up to eight 5' x 4' transparencies at a time ); larger transparencies such as 10' x 8'; or even contact sheet scanning of 35mm film. For medical professionals, the ScanMaker 9800XL offers many of the benefits normally offered by very expensive, specialised medical scanners. The 16' x 12' transparency scan area can scan the critical areas of almost all large format X-Rays. The ability to resolve huge amounts of highlight and shadow detail means that subtle X-Ray information will not be missed.
Powerful Software Bundle.Included in every ScanMaker 9800XL package are Microtek's ScanWizard Pro 6.1x scanning software and the Microtek Scanner ICC Profiler software. Microtek's ScanWizard Pro provides a complete scanning solution for novice and expert alike. ScanWizard Pro features a full palette of high-level colour reproduction tools, on-screen proofing, easy-to-use colour correction with auto level, and numerous preset options for the less experienced user, as well as quantitative feedback in a variety of device-independent (LCH) or device-dependent colour space (RGB, CMYK). Full colour management support for ICC profiled devices ensures compatibility with third-party colour output systems. Also included is the Kodak Digital Science colour management software with a number of ICC profiles for calibrating to specific displays, output devices and working colour spaces. Also included are Adobe PhotoShop Elements, providing an easy way to edit your scans to your personal requirements, ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR, allowing you to convert scanned text to editable text with 99% accuracy, Ulead PhotoExplorer, an image browser and management tool and Acrobat Reader. ScanMaker 9800 XL also includes SilverFast Ai 5.5, the only professional scanning software that successfully combines ease-of-use, quality and productivity.