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Creo To Show New Scanners, Portable Backs

iQsmart scanners hit optical resolutions of 5,500 x 10,000 DPI By Dave Nagel
Creo says it will show off new scanner and digital photography technologies at the Photokina 2002 expo starting next week. New offerings will include professional-grade color scanners and a new portable camera back in the Leaf line, as well as a new version of Creo's capture software.

The new The Leaf Portable Power falls into the Valeo family of digital camera backs and is designed for shooting on location and in the studio. The Leaf Valeo family features two models: the Leaf Valeo 6 back for portrait and social photography and the Leaf Valeo 11 back for commercial and advertising photography. Both models provide 16-bit uncompressed capture and a removable Digital Magazine capable of capturing hundreds of images. For portable work, the backs require a Macintosh PowerBook G3 (or better) running at 300 MHz (or better).

New capture software to be shown at the expo includes the Leaf Capture V8, which is designed to work in conjunction with image editing software like the Leaf oXYgen application. Creo has not yet announced changes to the Capture tool for the new version.

Finally, Creo is also showing off new iQsmart professional color scanners. The new models support scanning up to 10,000 DPI with optical resolutions of 5,500 x 10,000 DPI for the iQsmart3 and 8,200 DPI with an optical resolution of 4,300 x 8,200 DPI for the iQsmart2. Both offer 16-bit scanning, a 12" x 18" scanning area and a FireWire interface. The iQsmart3 has a dmax rating of 4.1 with a density range of 3.9. The iQsmart2 has a dmax of 3.9 with a density range of 3.7. Both work with Mac OS 9.1 and higher, including Mac OS X. Windows 2000 support for the iQsmart2 is planned for the future, though no release date has been given.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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