What's new from ... Agfa, Acer, Epson, Fujitsu

What's new from ... Agfa, Acer, Epson, Fujitsu


Agfa will soon release its new Arcus 1200 colour flatbed scanner. The 42-bit scanner incorporates Agfa's new MultiPlate Technology, designed to replace the glass scanning plate with a glass-free slide holder.

The Arcus 1200 offers 1200 x 2400dpi optical resolution and is designed for professional applications such as graphic design, asset archiving and multimedia, as well as magazine and newspaper publishing.

Agfa suggests bundling with FotoLook 3.5 scanning software, ColorTune colour management and Abobe Photoshop image-editing software to form a suite of imaging tools. Agfa also includes ReadIRIS optical character recognition (OCR) software for converting hard copy into editable text.

The Arcus 1200 is built with two multi-format transparency holders to speed the scanning process. Users can load the second set of images while scanning the first.

The holders accommodate 35mm film strips, 35mm framed slides, and 6 x 6 cm, 6 x 7 cm, and 4 x 5 inch transparencies.

The Arcus 1200 will be available in December and is set to retail at $1599. The scanner will be distributed through Servex Australia (02) 8762 3500 and TechExcel (02) 9417 7166. Acer Communications & Multimedia Australia (CMAU)'s Acer S2W 4300U attempts to provide "easy touch, easy go" scanning, attempting to avoid tedious routine tasks just to get a simple job done.

CMAU has given the name "easy touch, easy go" to the three push-button functions collectively. The three buttons allow instant access to four powerful features - Web access, PDA downloading, e-mail and regular scanning.

Users can upload images to the Internet, download them to a PDA, attach them to e-mails, as well as fax, print and scan into editable text using OCR by passing scanned images to the appropriate software application, according to the company.

The S2W 4300U weighs in at only 2.1 kilograms and also offers 600 x 1200dpi optical resolution, USB interface, and ACM's own cutting-edge advanced colour enhancement technology which provides 48-bit colour depth for 281 trillion distinct colours and ultra-realistic scanned images.

In addition, the S2W 4300U's software bundle includes the MiraScan driver, the ScanButton scanning automation software, Ulead's Photo Epress image processing application, the Presto! PageManager image file manager, Adobe ActiveShare Internet image-sharing software, ABBYY FineReader OCR package, Chinese-language OCR, and the Copier duplication software.

Users of the new scanner can post their images to the Imira site in Taiwan ( or the Club Photo Web site (

The Acer S2W 4300U is currently shipping throughout Australia and is sold through Ser-vex Australia (02) 8762 3500 and TechExcel (02) 9417 7166. The scanner retails for $ Epson Australia recently announced the release of four new additions to its Perfection scanner range.

Epson has used silicon Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) technology in order to create the new range. A solid-state chip that turns light into electrical signals, the CCD has been adopted by Epson to deliver scanners that use staggered arrays of sensors to capture ultra high resolution images.

The Epson smart panel interface is designed to add even further to the new scanners' performance and ease-of-use features. By significantly increasing the ease of performing the most common scanning functions, the Epson Smart Panel interface enables most scanning tasks to be handled with only a couple of mouse clicks, Epson claims.

The Epson A4 Perfection 640U provides optical resolution of 600 x 2400 dpi with Micro Step Drive. With an output resolution of 72, 96, 150, 300, 600, 1200, 2400 and 9600 dpi. The scanner also utilises Epson's Micro Step Drive, a scanning technology designed to reduce "jaggies" and colour irregularities by advancing the scan head in extremely small, precise increments.

The Epson Perfection 640U is currently available throughout Australia at a recommended retail price of $ Fujitsu has released its new A3 production scanner to the Australian market. The M4099D scanner offers 90 page-per-minute speed (170 images in duplex) as well as a paper-path design utilising brake-roller separation technology.

Fujitsu's image enhancement technology, the IPC-3D, is offered as standard on the M4099D. The IPC-3D is designed to provide improvements in image quality with advanced functions such as background removal, text enhancement, image emphasis, noise removal and automatic separation of text and graphics.

The M4099D scanner was designed to handle a wide range of paper types and sizes with the least amount of hassle. It has an automatic document feeder and paper-path design to reliably handle documents of different sizes and weights in the same batch. The new brake roller document separation technology combined with infrared double-feed detection help to eliminate double feeds.

Other features on the M4099D include a 1000-page hopper, and duplex red, green and blue dropout colours. The scanner is equipped with both video and SCSI interfaces as standard.

The Fujitsu M4099D has a list price of $37,900 (ex tax) and is available from ACA Pacific: (02) 9922 5333, Dicom Australia (02) 9966 1441 and Optistor Corporation (02) 9894

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