May 25
Microtek Introduces New ScanMaker Line
Scanner family offers 2,400 x 1,200 DPI, 42-bit color depth

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Microtek has started shipping a new family of desktop scanners. The ScanMaker 4700 and ScanMaker X12USL offer 2,400 x 1,200 DPI optical resolutions and full 42-bit color depth in and out. The 4700 comes with a USB connection and software for Macintosh, and the 4700 X12USL includes a SCSI-2 connector. The company also introduced a new model designed for the home user—the ScanMaker 3700.

The 4700 includes five pushbuttons for scanning, copying, e-mailing, setting up the system and canceling the scan operation. It also has on the fly image compression and ships with Microtek's LightLid 35 transparency adapter. The single-pass scanner has an 8.5" x 11.7" scanning area.

The X12USL includes all of these features plus USB and SCSI ports for use on multiple machines or platforms and an 8.5" x 14" scanning area (legal size). Microtek says the scanner offers increased image stability for crisper images and accurate registration through its wide-diameter transport shafts measuring 10 mm. It comes with both SCSI and USB cables.

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Both scanners ship with Microtek's ScanWizard 5, a TWAIN-compliant scanning application. The software is automatically launched when the user presses the "Go" button on the ScanMaker 4700 X12USL. The software automatically transfers scanned images to the user's printer, e-mail, Web browser or image editing software, and it supports most file formats, including Photoshop, PNG, TIFF and JPEG. It can also handle batch scanning and includes filters for sharpening, blurring and adjusting the color of images. The ScanMaker 4700 also ships with Adobe PhotoDeluxe and Ulead PhotoImpact for Windows and Macintosh. The X12USL includes Adobe Photoshop LE 5.0.

Microtek also introduced the ScanMaker 3700, a 1,200 x 600 DPI, 42-bit scanner designed for the home user. It also includes ScanWizard 5, the transparency adapter, an 8.5" x 11.7" scanning area and a USB interface. The ScanMaker 4700 will be available in early June for $279.99. The X12USL is available now for $349. The ScanMaker 3700 will be priced at $119.99 when it's released in June. For more information, visit

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