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Image courtesy of Microtek, modified by Shawn Barnett Microtek 12 x 17 inch large format scanner
(Sunday, February 27, 2005 - 23:30 EST)

When I saw it yawning over on the corner table, I thought it might attack. The Microtek ScanMaker 1000XL 3,200 dpi scanner is called "the highest resolution tabloid-size flatbed scanner on the market" in the press release.

Folks passing by marveled at its potential uses. With all the 13 x 19 printers coming on the market, it was nice to see a scanner approaching the same size. Two models are available, one with a Transparent Media Adapter for scanning transparencies like X-ray negatives, and one without.

Perhaps more interesting are the film templates, which allow for batch scanning of negatives or slides all in one pass. With Digital ICE and Dual FireWire and High-Speed USB, the new scanner will be available for under $2,700. http://www.store.microtek.com

Original Source Press Release:

Microtek® Announces First 3200 DPI Large-Format Scanner with Kodak Digital ICE Photo Print Technology

12" x 17" scanner features 3200 x 6400 resolution, reflective & transparency scanning,
photo & color restoration, FireWire and Hi-Speed USB

Carson, CA (February 19, 2005) - Microtek today announced the introduction of the 3,200-dpi ScanMaker® 1000XL, the highest-resolution tabloid-size flatbed scanner on the market today.

Designed for professional applications, the ScanMaker 1000XL is ideal for production environments in corporations, advertising agencies, publishing houses, medical laboratories for X-ray imaging, and service bureaus. This large-format scanner is available in two models - the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro with Transparent Media Adapter (TMA 1600) for dual reflective and transparency scanning, and a standard package without the TMA for reflective media scanning only. Both models feature Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology for automatically restoring damaged photos.

Productivity Features At an Affordable Price
"Both models of the ScanMaker 1000XL offer a host of high-end features and quality at a price point that is unmatched for scanners in its class with estimated SRPs below $2,700.00," said Sam Samimi, vice-president of sales and marketing. The ScanMaker 1000XL and the ScanMaker 1000XL Pro allow scanning of reflective material such as photos and prints up to 12" x 17". The ScanMaker 1000 XL Pro with the TMA 1600, scans film and transparencies up to 12" x 16" as well. Various film templates are included with the TMA package to accommodate batch scanning of 35mm slides, 35mm filmstrips, 4" x 5" film, and medium format 120 film (6x4.5 cm, 6x6 cm, 6x7 cm, and 6x9 cm). Microtek pioneered a TMA design with a separate moving light source, and the ScanMaker 1000 XL continues this quality tradition," said Mary Ann Whitlock, executive director of marketing. A separate moving light source in the TMA provides uniform exposure for accurate color reproduction and shadow detail.

Features of the ScanMaker 1000XL include:

* 4.0 maximum optical density and full 48-bit color for richer, smoother tonal values

* Multiple sampling, in user-selectable frequencies of 2, 4, 8, and 16 steps. Multiple sampling reduces random image noise and minimizes signal fluctuation, yielding purer image output that greatly enhances the optical density range.

* 41,300-element CCD, providing an optical resolution of 3200 x 6400 dpi (interpolated to 25,600 dpi), allowing for greater enhancement of scanned images

* Kodak DIGITAL ICE Photo Print Technology, built into the scanner hardware to automatically reconstruct damaged photos by eliminating surface defects such as rips, tears, and wrinkles

* ColoRescue™, Microtek's color recovery system for both photos and film, restoring faded color and bringing them back to life

* Kodak® Q-60R2 reflective and Q-60E1 transparent calibration targets to ensure consistent color for both reflective and transparency scanning

* Dual FireWire and Hi-Speed USB interfaces

Outstanding Software for Superior Image Quality
In addition to the high-quality hardware, the ScanMaker 1000XL features a robust software package for professional-level scanning. For quality images, the ScanMaker 1000XL bundles ScanWizard™ Pro for direct scanning to RGB, CMYK, LAB and indexed color.

The ScanMaker 1000XL Pro also includes SilverFast® Ai 6 from LaserSoft Imaging™ with NegaFix™ for superior negative film-scanning capability. NegaFix is a real-time negative film optimization tool designed to handle many different types of negative film (black-and-white, and color). SilverFast Ai 6 also includes features such as dust-and-scratch removal, grain and noise reduction, and selective color correction for changing colors in up to four places on the scan.

Additional software for the ScanMaker 1000XL include Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 3.0; ABBYY® FineReader® Sprint OCR; and Kodak® Digital Science color management system. LANShare™, a Microtek utility embedded in ScanWizard™ Pro for scanner-sharing on a network, is also included for PCs. And for accurate color, the Microtek Scanner ICC Profiler is part of the software package.

The ScanMaker 1000XL is compatible with iMac or Power Mac G3/G4/G5 systems running Mac OS 9.x through OS X 10.2~10.3. For PC-compatible systems, the ScanMaker 1000XL supports Pentium III PC systems running Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP. A FireWire cable, USB cable, and power cord are included in the scanner package.

Price and Availability
The ScanMaker 1000XL will have estimated SRPs below $2,700.00 with individual model pricing to be determined. Both scanners will be available the end of Q2, 2005 through Microtek's distributor network including Ingram Micro and Tech Data, as well as VARs, integrators, mail order catalogs and online through Microtek at www.store.microtek.com.

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