SAN FRANCISCO (08/14/2000) - This week Umax Technologies Inc. is announcing two new scanners in its low-cost Astra 3400 series that are designed to scan and upload directly to the Web. Both models include a one-year account on the ImageOnline photo-sharing site.
The AstraNet 3420 and 3470 scan at 600 by 1200 dots per inch, capture color at 42 bits, and connect to your PC via Universal Serial Bus. The AstraNet 3470, which costs US$179, has a built-in transparency adapter for scanning slides and film up to 4 by 5 inches. The $129 AstraNet 3420 lacks a transparency adapter but can automatically determine whether a document should be scanned in color, gray scale, or black and white. It can figure out where to crop and image, and can automatically straighten a document that was placed askew on the glass.
Like Umax's other 3400 series scanners, the 3420 and 3470 include single-function buttons that send scanned data directly to specified programs.
One button can send scans directly to ImageOnline without saving them on your PC's hard disk. The ImageOnline package includes 50MB of storage, online photo-album designs, tools for sharing photos with other wired folks, and e-mail.
Both scanners come with plenty of software, including NewSoft's Presto PageManager document database and PageType's forms management tool, as well as Caere's OmniPage LE program for converting scanned documents into editable text. The 3420 also bundles Adobe PhotoDeluxe, and the 3470 includes Adobe Photoshop LE.