by January 4, 2000 0 comments

This scanner offers you dual
connectivity–to the SCSI port or the USB port. On the USB port, it’s
plug-n-play. Just connect it to the USB port, install the drivers, and you’re
ready to go. If you have a SCSI card, and need higher speeds, you can
connect it to a SCSI 2 port also.

It has three easy launch
buttons–scan, copy, and custom. The scan button is for one-touch scanning,
and the scanner automatically scans the object into the bundled scanning
software–Presto! PageManager. Or you can launch the Presto! PageManager to
scan the image. The software calls up the Twain drivers–VistaScan–which
has two modes–Beginner and Advanced. The copy button lets you copy and
print to the default printers with just a press of a button. The custom
button can be customized for any function, including OCRing, which will scan
the text image, call up the OCR software (the scanner comes with two of
these–OmniPage Limited Edition and Recognita OCR–but you can install
only one), and export to your default word processing application. You can
even customize it to send the scanned image to a preset e-mail address.

Apart from Presto!
PageManager which lets you scan, view, organize or export images to other
applications, VistaScan, and the two OCR software, the Astra 2200 also comes
with Adobe PhotoDeluxe (both Windows and Mac versions) and VistaShuttle,
with which you can scan and create printable cards, e-cards, wallpapers or
screensavers from your photograph collection.

The scanner is slow, but has
excellent resolution. Priced quite reasonably, this scanner has a feature
found rarely in its contemporaries–the facility to scan films. It’s
aimed at the SOHO segment.

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