IBM ImageReader FB 2400 dpi, ImageReader FB 2400 dpi User Manual

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Copyright C) 1996 All rights reserved. No portion of this document may be reproduced without prior written authorization.

The Info Technician

Copyright 1994, 1995, 1996 All Rights Reserved

The material in this document is for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. The manufacturer assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions in this document, nor any damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.

Info and ImageReader are trademarks of Info Peripherals. Any other trademarks, registration marks, or brand names mentioned within this publication are the property of their respective owners.

Tbble of Contents

Chapter I

 

Introduction

 

welcome

 

Using this manual

 

Assistance ...................................................................................

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What is TWAIN? .........................................................................

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A note about application software .................................

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Package contents

 

System requirements

 

PC and compatibles system requirements

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Mac and compatibles system requirements

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Chapter 2

 

Scanner Installation .........................................................................................

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PC and compatibles installation .........................................................................

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Installing the interface card ................................................................................

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Connecting the scanner ......................................................................................

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The Info Technician ............................................................................................

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Installing the device driver .................................................................................

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Mac and compatibles installation .......................................................................

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Scanner installation .......................................................................................

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Installing the driver .......................................................................................

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Installing the application software .....................................................................

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Chapter 3

 

Using your scanner ...........................................................................................

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Scanning features and controls ...........................................................................

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Hardware features .......................................................................................

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Software controls .......................................................................................

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Scanning images ................................................................................................

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Select the IWAIN source (PC) ............................................................................

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The scanning process ..........................................................................................

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Other scanning features ....................................................................................

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Appendix A

 

Troubleshooting ...............................................................................................

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For PC and compatibles only ............................................................................

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For Mac and compatibles only ..........................................................................

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Scanner careI ......................................................................................................

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Limited two year warranty .................................................................................

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FCC radio frequency interference statement ......................................................

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L I

Chapter I

introduction

welcome

Thank you for purchasing an Info ImageReader Scanner. This product is the result of our efforts to develop high technology computer peripherals that are easy to use, affordably priced, and that enhance your computing experience.

Using this manual

This manual includes complete instructions for scanner installation, use, and maintenance. Note that “use,” in this context, refers to scanner operation independent of tasks performed in conjunction witl application software. This guide is organized in a “do as you read” format. For best results, perform the tasks as they are presented.

This manual assumes that you have a basic understanding of the DOS and Windows operating system. As a convention, this guide presents all references to guide names or sections in italics, and commands you must type at a command line are presented in a different typeface.

Assistance

If you experience difficulties and cannot find solutions within this guide, contact Info’s Technical Support Department at (408) 538-2510, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 Am and 4:30 Pm, Pacific time. If you wish, you may fax questions to (408) 538-2577. Provide, a fax number for return contact. We maintain a BBS at (408) 538-2598 that contains the latest updates to our software, as well as a web site at infoconnection.com.

If all of our technicians are occupied, please leave your name and phone number on our voice mail system. This system is intended to avoid excessive “on hold” waiting. You and your questions are important to us and we will respond as quickly as possible. After hours calls are returned the following working day.

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What is TWAIN?

TWAIN is the interface that links the scanner with scanning software applications. -TWAIN is an industry standard that enables you to use the ImageReader with any TWAIN-compliant software application.

With the introduction of Windows 95, the TWAIN specification bat been overhauled to take advantage of the 32-bit architecture. When you install our scanner driver under Windows 95, you will have two TWAIN sources - one for 16-bit applications and one for 32-bit applications. Use the following as a guide to select the appropriate source.

16-bit applications are legacy Windows 3.x programs that you are running under Windows 95.

32-bit applications are programs specifically designed for Windows 95, to take advantage of performance en-

hancements provided by the new architecture.

You may experience scanning problems if you do not use the appropriate source.

There is no change to the TWAIN source for Windows 3. 1 x users. Only the 16-bit TWAIN source is installed.

A note about application software

The scanner hardware by itself is not very useful. It takes a combination of the scanner hardware and application software to perform any task. Before you begin scanning, you need to choose the appropriate application to use for the task at hand. Please read this section to,gain an understanding of the types of scanning software there are.

Scanning software generally falls into two groups, Graphics (image editing), or OCR (Optical Character Recognition). Each type has specific features designed to address the technical challenges faced in the scanning of graphics or of text.

Graphics: Software in this category provide’s the user with image editing tools for performing extensive modifications to art, photographs, or other continuous tone images. While having the

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ability to scan text, it is not designed to specifically identify individual characters as does OCR software. Any image scanned using a graphics program can only be saved in a graphics file format. It cannot be saved as an editable text file.

OCR: Software in this category is designed to recognize alphanumeric characters in preparation for export to word processing and desktop publishing applications. In other terms, it creates text files. OCR software will not provide image editing capabilities. If there is no intention of editing a given piece of text (with or without graphics), it may be simpler to scan and save it as a graphic.

Additional types of applications are available that offer solutions for special or unique tasks. These include document storage, form scanning, fax utilities, copy utilities, custom screen saver creation, photo album creation, and so on, If applications are intended to link directly to the scanning device, look for the TWAINcompliant specification. If compliant, they are compatible with Info ImageReader scanners.

Package contents

Please verify that all materials have been received before setting up and using your scanner. The package contents are listed in the Quick Start Guide.

System requirements

System requirements are largely dependent on the “work” performed. By work, we are referring to the task or operation performed using the scanner in conjunction with application software.

Because scanners are capable of inputting large amounts of data in relatively short periods of time, they commonly push computer systems to the limits of their capabilities. Before beginning any scanning task or operation, carefully consider your system’s processing capabilities, especially processor speed, RAM, and available hard disk space. OCR processes, fax operations, and the processing of simple black & white graphics are least demanding. High resolution scanning of large images in full color creates an extreme demand for processor time and memory.

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When you are scanning with the TWAIN interface, the number labeled image size (calculated in bytes) provides the working file size that is the result of the selected scanning mode, resolution, and image size. Take careful note of this information.

PC and compatibles system requirements

386,processororlOO%co patible;486orhigherrecommended

MS DOS 5. 0 or later with Windows 3.1 x, or Windows 95 or later 4 MB RAM; 8 MB or more recommended

25 MB available hard disk space; 50 MB recommended

VGA/SVGA monitor with at least 256 color capability recommended

Available 16-bit expansion slot

Mac and compatibles system requirements

Macintosh with 68040 processor or greater

System 7.0 or later

8 MB or more of RAM

4 MB RAM; 8 MB RAM recommended

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Chapter 2

Scanner Installation

PC and compatibles installation

Installation of the scanner is comprised of few steps and designed to be as easy as possible. The following instructions walk you through installing the interface card into your PC, and connecting the scanner and cable. It is important to note that both the scanning hardware and its supporting software (e.g. Info Technician and the included applications) must be installed in order for the scanner to operate.

Installing the interface card

The installation of the scanner’s interface card is a simple process. Because your PC is designed with room for additional peripherals, the manual that was provided with your computer contains complete guidelines for case removal and expansion card installation. The graphic and instructions provided here are intended to supplement that information.

Caution! As a safety precaution, the power to the computer and all peripheral equipment should be off and disconnected from the power source. Touch a grounded object before making contact with any components. Electrostatic discharge can damage the interface card and computer components.

To install the interface card:

I . Remove the computer’s housing.

2 . On the computer’s mother board, select an available 16-bit ISA expansion slot, and remove its rear access cover. The slot must be free of dust and dirt to ensure a good connection.

3 .

Hold the scanner interface card by the upper edge, and

align the gold-striped connector

 

 

with the expansion slot. Press the card firmly into the

slot as displayed in the diagram

 

 

the next page.

4.Use the slot cover’s screw to retain the interface card. Replace the housing and secure all screws.

5.Reconne t the power source to your computer and any other peripheral equipment.,

Connecting the scanner

If you have other SCSI devices installed on your system, set the scanner to a unique SCSI ID. Attach the 50-pin SCSI terminator block to the port on the scanner, and connect the SCSI cable to the terminator block. Place the scanner unit in the desired location, and route the interface cable to the computer in such a way as to assure it is safe from possible damage due to pinching or crimping. Insert the 25-pin male connector on the cable into the port on the interface card. The cable can only be inserted one way - do not force a connection. Connect the power cable as well.

Once the scanner is attached and near the location you want it, unlock the scanning mechanism. The scanner is looked for transport to avoid damage to the assembly. You must unlock the scanner before you turn it on for the first time. Failure to do so may cause damage to the scanner, and will void your warranty. Simply turn the dial on the bottom of the scanner to the unlock position.

The Info Technician

The Info Technician is an automatic installation utility that edits and installs the scanner’s device and TWAIN drivers. These drivers provide the link between the scanning hardware, the scanning application, and the computer’s operating system.

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