PC Briefs: Table PC, Dick Smith, Canon

PC Briefs: Table PC, Dick Smith, Canon

Support for Tablet PC

Two Japanese personal computer makers have added their names to the list of companies supporting Microsoft's Tablet PC system. Toshiba and Sotec, both major PC makers in Japan, said at a Microsoft-organised event that they plan to support the system, with Sotec unveiling prototype hardware running on Windows XP Tablet Edition. The prototype looks like a conventional notebook PC but features a swivelling LCD that can fold around on itself to enable the machine to take a tablet-like form. NEC also displayed a prototype system while Fujitsu and HP also turned out to announce support for Tablet PC. Toshiba expects its product to be available in Australia in November.

Dick Smith builds it

The build-your-own PC concept has filtered into the mass merchant channel with Dick Smith Electronics releasing a new computer case to cater to the do-it-yourself market. The Aopen computer case XH6904 with 250-watt power supply is a mid-tower housing with high expansion capacity. Retailers and vendors are increasingly looking to the upgrade market to complement their existing IT range. Recently, AMD launched a boxed CPU and fan bundle designed to capture more of the market.

Canon improves image

Canon has launched a new document management application, imageREAL 3.2. Developed in Australia, the software allows users to store both paper and digital files in a central system for easy search and retrieval. An optional software developer kit is also available to let integrators customise the application to the needs of their clients. imageREAL uses Optical Character Recognition, which means users can search through file formats previously too problematical such as TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF and PDF. OCR means the software can recognise the graphical elements of each document as searchable characters. The imageREAL software will be used across the board, from automated document management to more sophisticated knowledge management systems.

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