Out of the Box ... Canon, Microsoft, Epson

Out of the Box ... Canon, Microsoft, Epson

Canon's virtual filing cabinet software

Canon has released a Web-based imaging module that acts as a virtual filing cabinet for networks. Intranet Canofile v1.0 for Windows allows users to browse Windows image databases using Microsoft Internet Explorer. The software is built around Microsoft's Internet Information Server and uses Active Server Page technology which allows multiple users across wide area networks to search and retrieve documents. Canon has also released Pocket Canofile for mass distribution of scanned images without the installation of Canofile for Windows.

Microsoft gets mousey

Microsoft's newest mouse uses IntelliEye optical trackball technology, customisable buttons and a scrolling wheel. The mouse provides increased accuracy by replacing internal gears and pins with an optical sensor and digital signal processor (DSP). The sensor captures snapshots of the trackball at 2000 images a second and the DSP translates the changes between the images into onscreen movements. The scrolling and sooming wheel negates the use of onscreen scrollbars. The mouse connects via a USB or PS/2 port and is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Epson facing new expression in scanning

Epson has released a new scanner designed for the professional and graphics arts market. The Epson Expression 1680 works as both a networked or stand-alone device with the ability to capture A4 mono text (300dpi in 11 seconds in draft mode) and colour text (300 dpi in 17 seconds in draft mode). A dual focus system provides focusing accuracy for both film and print originals. The machine features an optional transparency unit. The scanner uses a large number of charge-coupled device sensors to achieve 1600x3200 dots per inch, along with 48-bit colour depth. The device is connected using standard SCSI, USB ports for Mac or Windows 95,98, NT and 2000 operating systems as well as optional Firewire connectivity.

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