Umax Technologies Inc. in Fremont, Calif., has announced the first professional-grade scanner that can connect to a Macintosh computer or a PC via a dedicated IEEE 1394/FireWire connection.
The PowerLook 1100 scanner offers data-transfer rates twice as fast as with SCSI, and it's hot-pluggable. Also, using FireWire eliminates most of the technical difficulties associated with SCSI, as it does away with requirements for termination, preassigned addresses and parallel port pass-throughs.
The new scanner offers a maximum density of 3.4 for fine details, 1,200 by 2,400 dpi resolution and an effective 42-bit output using Umax's Bit Enhancement Technology. Available accessories include a transparency adapter, autodetect frame holder for automatic scanning of up to 12 35mm slides and batch-scanning capabilities. The PowerLook 1100 scanner is available for $999.