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Pacific Image Intros Film Scanner

$399 model handles film strips automatically By Dave Nagel
Pacific Image Electronics has introduced a new automatic-loading film scanner. The PrimeFilm 1800AFL film scanner can automatically load and feed 35 mm film strips and roll film, and it sells for $399. It's available for Macintosh and Windows. (The company says a Mac OS X scanning tool will be available later via their Web site.)

The 1800AFL offers an optical resolution of 1,800 DPI, a dynamic range of 3.2 and 42-bit color depth. A film negative can be scanned in 23 seconds. The unit connects via the USB port to an Macintosh running OS 8.6 or later or Windows system capable of supporting USB. Film is loaded through a front slot. For Macintosh, the scanner ships with a plugin for scanning; for Windows, it ships with a TWAIN-compliant driver. It weighs 4.85 pounds and measures 9.37 inches x 4.05 inches x 6.97 inches.

The PF 1800AFL's auto film loader can handle film strips and rolls of up to 40 uncut frames without the use of film holders and uses a batch process to scan the film sequentially.

The included software allows users to view six frames at once and select which frames to scan. It also comes with Adobe Photoshop Elements, Red Eye Remover and Thumbnail Drag and Drop.

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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 [email protected].

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