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Visioneer's PhotoPort 7700 scanner. Courtesy of Visioneer Inc. Visioneer announces scanner with built-in flash readers!
(Monday, February 26, 2001 - 15:12 EST)

PhotoPort 7700 features slots for both SmartMedia and CompactFlash...

California-based Visioneer Inc., a subsidiary of Taiwanese company Primax Electronics Ltd., has today announced a new flatbed scanner which features built-in readers for both SmartMedia and CompactFlash cards. The PhotoPort 7700 scanner can accept both 3.3V SmartMedia cards and Type-I or Type-II CompactFlash cards, including IBM's Microdrive, in slots in one side of the chassis. The scanner has an optical resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi, 42-bit color depth, and five 'OneTouch' buttons for storing, copying, emailing and faxing images, as well as uploading them to the PhotoWorks.com web site. The scanner also features USB connectivity.

Visioneer claims that its USB hardware and drivers used in the PhotoPort offer transfer speeds some four times faster than the USB connectivity in a digital camera, and up to 30% faster than a dedicated USB flash reader. On inserting a flash card into one of the slots in the scanner, image files are automatically copied to the host PC, and thumbnails of the transferred images are added to the bundled PaperPort Deluxe 7.0 software. Files can also be saved onto flash cards, allowing scanned images to be placed on flash and transferred to another PC or taken to a photofinisher on the card.

The 'OneTouch' buttons each have two actions - touch a button once and the scanner will perform an automatic scan followed by the button function (email, fax, etc.). Hold the button down, and the software will first prompt the user for configuration, allowing a scan to be customised, before the button function is completed.

As well as PaperPort Deluxe 7.0, the Visioneer PhotoPort 7700 comes bundled with TextBridge Pro 9.0 and MGI PhotoSuite III SE. The unit is available immediately at a cost of $149.99...

Source: Yahoo! Finance / BusinessWire

Original Source Press Release:

The Visioneer PhotoPort 7700 USB Color Flatbed Scanner Ships With Built-In, High-Speed Memory Card Readers

Patent-Pending Technology Provides a Complete Solution for Transferring Traditional and Digital Photos Into Your PC

PLEASANTON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2001-- Visioneer, a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, shipped the PhotoPort 7700 USB color flatbed scanner with built-in CompactFlash and SmartMedia high-speed memory card readers. The CompactFlash reader also supports the IBM Microdrive. The scanner features an optical resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi, 42-bit color and five convenient OneTouch buttons for storing, copying, emailing, faxing and uploading digital images or photographs to the PhotoWorks.com web site. The 7700 includes ScanSoft's PaperPort Deluxe 7.0, TextBridge Pro 9.0 and MGI PhotoSuite III SE.

``When Visioneer introduced the original OneTouch scanner in 1998, it revolutionized the scanner market, encouraging the whole market to focus on ease of use,'' said Murray L. Dennis, CEO and president of Visioneer, Inc. ``Visioneer's patent-pending PhotoPort system brings that same level of ease of use to digital cameras. By providing a single way to get both traditional and digital photos into the computer, Visioneer makes digital imaging as easy as inserting a memory card and pressing a button.''

OneTouch Scanning and Digital Developing

Visioneer's PhotoPort technology makes using your digital camera easier than ever. Simply insert a SmartMedia or CompactFlash memory card or an IBM Microdrive from your digital camera into one of the PhotoPort card readers to automatically transfer images to your PC. The PhotoPort 7700 USB not only transfers files into the computer, but creates thumbnails on the PaperPort desktop that are easy to recognize, organize and put to work in popular applications.

With Visioneer's advanced PhotoPort architecture, the 7700 transfers images up to 40x faster than serial cameras, 4x faster than USB-based digital cameras and up to 30% faster than dedicated memory card readers.

OneTouch Prints

By pressing the OneTouch Prints button on the scanner, digital photos or scanned images are automatically uploaded to the PhotoWorks Internet printing service where inexpensive, long-lasting OneTouch Prints can be ordered. Images are also placed on a secure server where you can share them with family and friends or order photo personalized gift items. OneTouch Printing combines all the benefits of digital photography and traditional photography to provide the best of both worlds. These advantages are the ability to instantly preview and delete pictures and long life silver halide prints. This service is offered in partnership with PhotoWorks (Nasdaq:FOTO - news), which offers the first order, up to 24 prints, for free and subsequent prints starting at 25 cents each (depending on print size) plus shipping and handling.

``Visioneer customers can now easily upload their images to one of the most popular online photo service sites,'' said Howard Lee, CEO of PhotoWorks. ``PhotoWorks has been recognized for delivering the highest quality prints and making it easy to share images online with friends and family. Once Visioneer customers order prints through PhotoWorks, they can organize their photos with online albums, order pocket photo albums and send email photos directly from their online archive.''

Drag and Drop to Memory Cards

The PhotoPort 7700 USB supports 3.3V SmartMedia and CompactFlash + type II, including the IBM Microdrive, so users can save scanned files to the memory cards. This allows the memory card to be the cornerstone of transporting digital images from home computers to imaging kiosks.

High-Quality Scanning

Scan traditional photos and documents in 42-bit true color. The five OneTouch buttons are preconfigured to make scanning easy. Just press a button for perfect results on everyday scanning tasks or hold down a button to access OneTouch preferences where you can easily customize the scan settings and destination for your images.

Professional Software Bundle

The PhotoPort 7700 USB is bundled with ScanSoft's PaperPort Deluxe 7.0 (retail value $59.99) and TextBridge Pro 9.0, and MGI PhotoSuite III SE. With ScanSoft's award-winning PaperPort Deluxe 7.0 document management software, the PhotoPort 7700 USB can be used to store documents and photographs. TextBridge Pro 9.0 offers professional Optical Character Recognition with retention of page layout. With MGI PhotoSuite III SE, users can easily retouch their photographs or create calendars, greeting cards and other fun projects.

Price and Availability

The Visioneer PhotoPort 7700 USB is available through authorized retailers, computer super stores, online services, mail order catalogs and from Visioneer's web site at www.visioneer.com. Its suggested retail price is $149.99. For additional information, consumers can visit the Visioneer web site.

Minimum System Requirements

The Visioneer PhotoPort 7700 USB requires a Pentium or equivalent processor or higher and Windows 98, Windows ME, or Windows 2000 Professional, 32MB RAM (64MB for Windows 2000 Professional), 160MB available hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive, a color monitor and a USB Port. An existing Internet connection is required to use the OneTouch Prints service.

About Visioneer Inc.

Headquartered in Pleasanton, Visioneer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Primax Electronics LTD., develops and markets intelligent imaging solutions that provide a faster and easier way to import photographs and documents into computers and put them to work in the most popular applications.

The company's first product shipped in 1994. Visioneer intelligent imaging systems have garnered widespread industry acceptance and endorsements. Additional information about Visioneer and its products may be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.visioneer.com or call 925/251-6300.

Note to Editors: The Visioneer brand name and logo are registered trademarks and Visioneer OneTouch, OneTouch Prints and PhotoPort are trademarks of Visioneer, Inc. PaperPort and TextBridge are registered trademarks of Scansoft, Inc. (Nasdaq:SSFT - news). PhotoWorks is a registered trademark of PhotoWorks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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