The Arcus 1200 features 36-bit, 1,200 x 2,400 DPI scanning. It includes two transparency adapters for handling a variety of formats.

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July 10 (Updated July 11)
Agfa To Ship Arcus 1200 Scanner
High-end desktop scanner includes two transparency adapters

by David Nagel
Executive Producer

Agfa today introduced the Arcus 1200, the latest addition to its line of Arcus desktop flatbed scanners. The 36-bit scanner offers 1,200 x 2,400 DPI resolution and two transparency adapters for multiple formats.

Like most scanners these days, the Arcus 1200 can scan originals and automatically format them for the Internet, word processing, text conversion or image-manipulation programs. What's different about this scanner is Agfa's new MultiPlate Technology, which users to replace the glass scanning plate with a glass-free slide holder for direct to image, distortion-free transparency scanning. The holders accommodate 35 mm film strips, 35 mm framed slides and 6 cm x 6 cm, 6 cm x 7 cm and 4" x 5" transparencies.

Agfa's bundling ReadIris multilingual OCR software with the Arcus 1200. ReadIris, which recognizes 55 languages, lets users convert hard-copy documents into editable text. All software is provided in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch for Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Macintosh platforms.

The scanner also includes Agfa's FotoLook 3.5 scanning software, ColorTune color management software and Corel PhotoPaint. ColorTune color management, which is integrated with FotoLook 3.5, includes an IT8 color calibration chart and a range of ICC-compatible device profiles for color matching from scan to print output. FotoLook 3.5 features batch scanning with control over individual images and has color and tonal correction capabilities. Corel PhotoPaint 8 for Mac OS provides image editing and creative effects. Features include lens options, animation tools, interactive fill and transparency tools, Internet tools and more than 70 effect filters. Corel PhotoPaint also includes Corel Capture for grabbing screen images and importing them into the workspace.

The Arcus 1200 has a SCSI-2 interface. It will ship in October for $799. For more information, visit

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