April 17
Agfa Introduces SnapScan e50
42-bit scanner includes multi-lingual OCR software

by David Nagel
Senior Producer

Agfa Corp. will start shipping its new USB SnapScan e50 in May. The scanner offers 1,200 x 2,400 DPI resolution with a color depth of 42 bits and comes equipped with built-in transparency capabilities. (A lightplate built into the scanner cover uses a "light-diffusion" process for scanning 35 mm transparencies. Agfa includes slideholders for 35mm strip and framed holders.) The maximum scanning area is 8.5" x 11.7".

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 e50 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.

The scanner also comes with several translucent covers to match the user's Mac, including graphite. The e50 will cost $199. Agfa also announced the SnapScan e40 last month, but further details were not available. For more information, visit http://www.agfa.com or http://www.irislink.com.

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