Umax Releases Mac-PC Scanner, Under $999

Umax Technologies Inc. today announced PowerLook 1100, a Macintosh and PC scanner that supports FireWire/IEEE-1393 standards.

FireWire and IEEE-1394 are bus architectures that allow peripherals, PCs and set-top boxes to communicate.

Priced beginning at US$999, the PowerLook 1100 eliminates some of the difficulties associated with scanners based on the SCSI design, according to a statement from Umax. For example, the PowerLook 1100 does not require parallel port data pass-through adapters or preassigned addresses, the statement said.

The PowerLook 1100 features 1200 x 24000 dots-per-inch resolution, a transparency adapter, auto-detect frame holder for automatic scanning of up to twelve 35mm slides, and batch scanning capabilities, according to Umax. It delivers hot-pluggable connectivity without the need for a host card and can be connected to multiple Macs, the company said.

The scanner will be available later in the first quarter and is designed for use on systems with a FireWire/IEEE-1394 port, including the Apple PowerMac G4 and G3, the iMac DV, and systems running Windows 2000 and Windows 98 second edition, the company said.

Umax, in Fremont, California, can be reached at +1 510 651 4000, or on the Web at

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