Microtek Continues Line of Affordable Scanners for the Home Office
Carson, CA – May 30, 2007 – Microtek, a world-leading manufacturer of
digital imaging products, today announced the availability of the Microtek
ScanMaker s450 with a suggested retail price of $99. Compatible with both
Windows and Macintosh computers, the Microtek ScanMaker s450 has a new slim
design and a broad set of features to meet the diverse needs of a home
office. With this scanner, Microtek continues its tradition of providing
outstanding scanning solutions at an affordable price.
“The Microtek ScanMaker s450 is a versatile scanner designed for the home
office,” said Parker Plaisted, manager of product marketing for Microtek.
“With both photo imaging and document imaging features, this scanner fully
supports the needs of a digital lifestyle.”
Photo Scanning Capabilities
The Microtek ScanMaker s450 makes duplicating and sharing photos easy with
several features specifically designed for high-quality photo scanning. The
built-in 35mm transparency adapter enables easy scanning of positive and
negative 35mm slides and filmstrips. And Microtek’s exclusive FilmView
light table in the lid of the scanner provides the uniform light needed to
sort and select the film images to scan. Scanning photo prints is even
easier on the 8.5″ x 11.7″ scan bed, and old faded photos can be restored
with Microtek’s ColoRescue automatic photo restoration feature in the
ScanWizard 5 scanning software. With an optical resolution of 4800 dpi and
48-bit color, the Microtek ScanMaker s450 captures the full range of color
and detail in film and photo prints.
Included in the box with the ScanMaker s450 are Microtek ScanWizard 5 with
ColoRescue color restoration technology, Adobe Photoshop Elements, ABBYY
FineReader Sprint OCR, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and InterVideo MediaOne
Document Imaging Capabilities
With the included ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR software, scanned documents
are converted to editable electronic files through Optical Character
Recognition (OCR). This feature greatly improves office productivity by
eliminating unnecessary typing to enter text or numbers from a printed
document into a computer. After OCR, the electronic files require less
storage space making them easier to manage. The Microtek ScanWizard
software is capable of saving scanned images as Adobe PDF files that can be
viewed with many software applications, including Web browsers, which
support the PDF document format.
Zero Boundary Design
Microtek’s Zero Boundary design extends the scan area closer to the edge of
the scanner to facilitate scanning bound pages in a book. With Zero
Boundary, the scanner can see more of the page when the spine of a book is
resting on the edge of the scanner. The result is a sharp, uniform scanned
image across the entire page.
The most common scanning tasks are automated and assigned to hardware
buttons on the front of the scanner. These automated tasks include: scan
with default settings, scan and print, scan and attach to Email, scan and
OCR, and scan and save to PDF. An additional button is available to assign
to a custom function chosen by the user.
Pricing and Availability
The Microtek ScanMaker s450 is available now for a suggested retail price
of $99 through distribution, mail order, online stores, specialty camera
stores, and selected retail stores.
Microtek International is a global leader in designing and manufacturing
innovative, affordable desktop digital imaging products. Known for its
first-to-market scanning technology, Microtek continues to provide a wide
range of scanners to the home office, photography, prepress, graphic
design, and document imaging markets. Founded in 1980, Microtek
International, Inc. is headquartered in Science-based Industry Park,
Hsinchu, Taiwan. The company has a strong global presence with major
operations and distribution channels in 53 countries around the world.
Microtek is located at 16941 Keegan Avenue, Carson, CA 90746. Information
about Microtek can be found on the Web at www.microtekusa.com.