Scanning The Horizon
The world of color scanners is constantly changing. Discover new advances and products that can benefit your in-plant.
COLOR SCANNING isn't what it used to be. Say good-bye to the time-consuming task of separating transparencies from prints and switching scanner modes accordingly. Today's scanners recognize what's on the bed and automatically change the mode for you, allowing you to scan film, slides and photos on the same device.
"That's been the target machine that the manufacturers were trying to get to," says Don Rogers, product manager for scanners at Heidelberg Prepress. "These scanners allow all the work to be handled in-house without investing in several scanner models that only handle specific functions."
Bill Gillooly, scanner marketing manager for CreoScitex says that buyers want this type of machine.
"People are expecting one scanner to do every type of scan," he reports.
Gillooly says that with advances such as oil-mounting and resampling, flatbed scanners now combine near-drum-quality resolution with convenience and affordability.
Gillooly says CreoScitex XY-Stitch technology is the next step in XY-Zoom scanning. With XY-Zoom, the high-resolution charged coupled device (CCD)—which responds to light and records the image—moves across the entire bed of a flatbed scanner, increasing its potential for batch scanning. The only problem with XY-Zoom is that it can only be used to scan small images, like 35mm slides.
Gillooly says XY-Stitch technology now allows the CCD to move along the surface of a larger image, scanning as it goes. Then the computer "stitches" all the scans together for a high-resolution image, eliminating the size limitation.
Rogers notes that Heidelberg's direct capture technology (DCT), which uses no mirror, increases resolution by eliminating noise.
Both Rogers and Gillooly report that new scanning software and filing systems enable users to batch-scan multiple objects and save them in files that can later be edited.