Text, graphics and photographs can be read directly into a personal computer via the optical character recognition scanner Dest PC Scan 3000, and then be edited. The product has been released jointly by New Dest Corp of San Jose, California and FormScan UK Ltd. The 8-bit flatbed scanner provides a resolution of 300 pixels per […]
Text, graphics and photographs can be read directly into a personal computer via the optical character recognition scanner Dest PC Scan 3000, and then be edited. The product has been released jointly by New Dest Corp of San Jose, California and FormScan UK Ltd. The 8-bit flatbed scanner provides a resolution of 300 pixels per inch and up to 256 levels of grey scale capture. Text recognition ability is provided with the Text Processor optical character recognition board which enables the PC Scan to read a document and convert many fonts into ASCII or word processing formats. Used in conjuction with Textpac software it can accurately scan normal office documents, with text type-style from 16 families, including those obtained by typewriters and daisy wheel printers. These documents can be read into most major off-the-shelf word processor packages by keyboard emulation thus allowing the text to be edited and two A4 typed pages can be processed per minute. The Publishpac software operates in conjuction with desktop publishing applications, enabling both text and images to be scanned directly into document-compatible formats for editing. There is a choice of scanning modes: bi-level for line drawings such as circuit diagrams and graphs, half-tone for graphics and 8-bit grey scale for reproduction of photographs. Within a piece of text or image there are five levels of contrast and 16 levels of brightness, both under software control. Images may also be scaled from 13% to 200% of the original size.
From the ashes
FormScan, of Frome, Somerset, has been selling scanners for 13 years and is the sole UK distributor of the Dest PC Scan 3000 series; it has approximately 30 employees including technicians. New Dest Corp, which at present has about 60 employees,was formed in July 1989 from the ashes of bankrupt Dest Corp of Milpitas, California. New Dest Corp bought the corporate name, trademarks, patents and exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights to the desktop scanners for MS-DOS and Macintosh Computers. The major investor was Wearnes Technology Corp of Singapore which has manufacturing operations in the Far East. New Dest Corp inherited a customer base of 30,000 worldwide; it designs, manufactures and distributes desktop scanners, optical character recognition equipment and image processing software. The company is looking for turnover of $15m this year, taking into account the annual growth rate of 35% in the scanner market. The PC Scan 3030 Flatbed Scanner measures 19 by 14 and is 4 high, and costs UKP1,920. Textpac and Publishpac are UKP500 each. There are separate interfaces available for MS-DOS and IBM PS/2 machines at UKP285 while the Machintosh interface costs UKP75.