Agfa Corp. will start shipping its new USB SnapScan e40 in May. The scanner, a less expensive version of the SnapScan e50, which will also start shipping in May, offers 1,200 x 2,400 DPI resolution with a color depth of 42 bits. Unlike the e50, the e40 does not come equipped with a transparency unit. The maximum scanning area is 8.5" x 11.7"the same as the e50.
The scanner is designed to handle processing for a variety of predefined output modes, including OCR, the Web and print, with support for direct scanning into an e-mail client.
As previously reported, the e40 comes bundled with Readiris Pro, which, in the Macintosh version, recognizes 47 languages, covering character sets in Western European, Eastern European, Baltic, Cyrillic, Greek, Turkish, Chinese and Korean, among others. It can also recognize documents containing mixed languages and mixed alphabets and manages several fonts of various sizes mixed on the same page. The software is available for PC, Mac and Unix. Readiris Pro supports all major scanners and can also import graphics files (such as TIFF) from other applications. The e50 is bundled with Agfa's PhotoWise scanning software as well.
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