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Agfa Promises Quality Scans in a Snap!
By Kim Brady, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, February 12, 2001 - 13:36 EST)

Agfa added another member to its "e-generation" family of SnapScan consumer flatbeds -- the SnapScan e25. At a suggested retail price of $99, the big selling points here are low price, ease of use, 42-bit color, and programmable presets for destination-specific, one-touch scanning.

Agfa Consumer Imaging announced the SnapScan e25 desktop scanner, the fourth in a series of SnapScan "e-generation" consumer flatbed scanners. The e25 delivers 600 x 1,200-pixel resolution and 42-bit color for greater fidelity. Three programmable buttons allow users to scan at specific resolutions for output to printers, importing into an e-mail, or editing and uploading to the Internet for online print orders.

Designed for the home computing environment, the e25 features USB connectivity for plug-and-play operation, a slick body design with interchangeable colored handles to match today's "designer" computers, and IRIS ReadIris optical character recognition (OCR) software for scanning text documents in up to 55 different languages.

Also bundled with the scanner is Agfa's intuitive ScanWise software, which communicates directly with image-editing programs, web browsers, fax programs, e-mail, word processing, and OCR software products. Each time ScanWise is launched, it locates the computer's resident applications and determines the best settings for each application. The user does nothing but select the final destination application, and ScanWise automatically sets the color mode, image resolution, and imports the photograph into the appropriate program once it's scanned. More experienced users can override settings for complete manual control.

Corel Print Office 2000, also bundled with the e25, provides templates for creating documents and web pages, photo-editing tools, and support for digital cameras.

For more information on the SnapScan e25 and other Agfa products, visit their website at: www.agfa.com

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