A flatbed scanner has considerable potential to serve as a substitute camera for making records for insurance, inheritance, and any necessary documentation.

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Sometimes it is simply easier to place objects on top of a flatbed scanner than to set up lights, a photo table, tripod, and all that.

CD Linocolor Elite software
Linocolor Elite Software CD

Books on scanning, on Adobe Photoshop, and on digital imaging rate LinoColor as a recommended color software for prepress and professional use. But MagicScan and Binuscan are after this market and SilverFast has come on strong to capture attention. We test how LinoColor fares in the real world of competition. It turns out that the most rapidly growing market for scanners is actually for individual users, both SOHO and entry level. LinoColor's advertisements emphasize its ease of use ("color is child's play...").

LinoColor software is used for scanning in the graphics arts, in service bureaus, prepress shops, advertising agencies, and other professional studios. But now the same LinoColor software is available for desktop publishing, in-house publishers, and the thousands of repro centers at colleges, universities, and museums.

LinoColor just arrived a few days ago, sent by Heidelberg CPS for FLAAR to review. Since we scrutinize in-depth, our tests can take many months to complete (we are still reviewing Lexmark color lasers after 16 months). We post new information as we get deeper into a product (especially if it has a steep learning curve).

Setup for the Linotype-Hell scanner


Linotype Hell Saphire Ultra2
Here is the new home for the Linotype-Hell Saphir Ultra2 flatbed scanner in Germany.

List of links to all the kinds of scanning you can do, 3D objects, gold, textiles, wood, and all kinds of designs.

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Above is a 36 GB RAID system, level 0 for the fastest throughput. Our RAID uses the latest 10,000 rpm Seagate Cheetah Ultra2 from ProDirect.

In the middle is our new Panasonic DVD-RAM unit for experimenting with the new DVD technology.

Below the DVD recorder/player is our 4x CD burner, also a Panasonic.

To the left is a handy Zip drive. Since we have several computers a Zip helps transfer large files.

 RAID is super fast. Let MegaHaus tell you how.
 raid system
A RAID system is as easy as hooking two drives together. You get twice the speed of a single drive with RAID level 0.
 How should you store your scanned images?
 dvd ram
DVD-RAM stores 5.2 GB on a disk that costs under $60 (2.6 GB per side). A DVD-RAM burner/player costs under $800. How, where to buy?
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