IBM Introduces IdeaScan - Now Consumers Can Discover The Power Of Scanning With One-Button Access

Combining leading technologies and ease-of-use features to make scanning so easy anyone in the family can do it

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Research Triangle Park, NC - 27 Oct 1998: ... IBM today announced its all new IdeaScan scanner priced at $129.00(1). Featuring technologies previously only available on more expensive products, the IdeaScan is the ideal fast and easy to use scanner for family fun, creative projects and light home office work.

Consumer research has shown that consumers are more interested than ever in digital imaging and the practical applications it offers. In response, IBM developed the IdeaScan to meet their needs. Among the capabilities consumers consider most important:

"We wanted to develop a powerful, easy to use product that provided consumers with some of the best scanning technology available," said Rick Thompson, director of Consumer Options for IBM. "Combining this with one button access to the most commonly needed functions, makes the IdeaScan an outstanding value for families looking for a top notch scanner at an affordable price."

With the availability of leading scanning technologies and unsurpassed ease-of-use features the IBM IdeaScan also incorporates six access keys that make accessing the most commonly used functions as easy as pushing a button. They are:

Once connected to a PC and printer, all of these functions are performed by the touch of a button, without the need to open special software, navigate through levels of menus, activate a program or even touch the PC. For fax and e-mail functions, software prompts the user through the steps to accomplish the task.

To further enhance the usability of the IdeaScan, IBM has included one of the best suite of image manipulation and text recognition software(4) available in the category, including: PhotoStudio for image processing, PhotoBase scan organizer, PhotoPrinter printing utility and PhotoFantasy to add a little fun to the mix.. This powerful, yet easy-to-use suite of software applications lets users manipulate, store, sort and print images in any manner they like, without requiring a degree in graphic design and years of experience. In addition, IdeaScan comes with Xerox TextBridge Classic 2.0 text recognition software to turn almost any printed document into a word processing document. This award-winning software provides powerful text recognition functionality with an easy to use interface. Now users can simply scan a document, article or story into the PC and never have to retype something again.

The 36-bit color and 12-bit grayscale scanning capabilities of the IdeaScan means that it can match virtually any color that can be detected by the human eye. Combined with custom engineered hardware and software compression technology and 600 x 1200dpi(5) optical resolution (9600 x 9600 dpi enhanced) the technology in the IdeaScan matches, or exceeds that of many comparable scanners today. The IdeaScan easily connects to any Windows®-based PC through the parallel port and features a pass-through for connecting other peripheral devices through the scanner such as Zip drives and printers.

IdeaScan is available at retail stores across the United States and Canada and is priced at $129(US) after $20 mail-in rebate. For more information on this and other outstanding IBM Consumer Options products including ScrollPoint Mouse and RapidAccess keyboard, please call IBM at 1-800-426-7235 extension 4340, or visit the IBM Web site at

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1. Estimated end-user price after $20 rebate, offer ends 01-15-99, Actual price may vary

2. Fax function requires that the PC have a modem and Fax software. Not included.

3. Email function requires Microsoft Exchange, an ISP connection and a PC with a modem. Not included

4. Software may differ from its retail version (if available) and may not include user manuals or all program functionality. Titles subject to change without notice.

5. dpi = dots per inch