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Astra 2000U/P

OWNER’S GUIDE

Trademarks

UMAX is a trademark of UMAX Technologies, Inc. Astra is a trademark of UMAX Technologies. IBM PC/AT is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. MS-Windows,Windows, andMS-DOSare trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. PhotoDeluxe is a trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc. Presto! PageManager is a trademark of NewSoft Technology Corporation. Other names and trademarks appearing herein are trademarks of their respective holders.

Copyright

©1999 UMAX Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system, or translated into any language or computer language, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, magnetic, optical, chemical, manual, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of UMAX Technologies, Inc.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1. GETTING STARTED ..............................

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Introduction...............................................................................................

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Unpacking the Scanner.............................................................................

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Astra 2000U Package Contents.............................................................

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Astra 2000P Package Contents .............................................................

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Getting to Know Your Scanner .............................................................

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Astra 2000U and Astra 2000P Scanner Elements.................................

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Astra 2000U Backpanel ........................................................................

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Astra 2000P Backpanel.........................................................................

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System Requirements .............................................................................

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Installing the Hardware .........................................................................

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About Scanner Connectors....................................................................

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Setting Up – General Information.........................................................

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Connecting the Hardware Interface Cables...........................................

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Connecting the Power Adapter .............................................................

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Installing the Software............................................................................

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Installing PhotoDeluxe on Your PC......................................................

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Installing PhotoDeluxe on Your Macintosh..........................................

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Install VistaScan Drivers, Presto! PageManager, Presto! PhotoAlbum,

Presto! PageType, OmniPage LE and Online Manuals ........................

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CHAPTER 2. YOUR FIRST SCAN .............................

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Opening the PhotoDeluxe Software.......................................................

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Scanning an Image From the PC...........................................................

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Scanning an Image From the Macintosh...............................................

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Turning the Scanner Lamp On and Off ...............................................

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Setting VistaScan Preferences................................................................

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General..................................................................................................

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Scan Destination ...................................................................................

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Scanner Information.............................................................................

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VistaScan Beginner Window Features.................................................

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VistaScan Advanced Features ..............................................................

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Using VistaAccess – Direct Access......................................................

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Using VistaShuttle................................................................................

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Using the UMAX Copy Utility ............................................................

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CHAPTER 4. SCANNING PROJECTS.......................

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Using VistaScan to Scan a Photo to E-mail.........................................

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Using VistaScan with PhotoDeluxe to Create Web-readyImages .....

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Using Presto! PageManager to Scan a Form and Edit it with

 

PageType.................................................................................................

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Creating a Calendar with PhotoDeluxe................................................

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Converting Scanned Text to Editable Text with OmniPage...............

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Opening OmniPage LE ........................................................................

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Converting Scanned Text with OmniPage LE......................................

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Creating an Album with Presto! PhotoAlbum....................................

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Opening PhotoAlbum:..........................................................................

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Creating a Photo Album.......................................................................

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CHAPTER 5. HOW TO GET HELP ............................

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Using Online Manuals............................................................................

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Accessing the UMAX VistaScan Online Manual ................................

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Accessing the Adobe PhotoDeluxe Online Manual .............................

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Accessing the Presto! PageManager Online Manual............................

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Accessing the Caere OmniPage Online Manual...................................

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Installing Acrobat Reader for Macintosh Users ...................................

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

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General Problems and Solutions ..........................................................

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Astra 2000U (Windows 98/95 OSR2) Problems and Solutions ...........

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Astra 2000U (Macintosh version) Problems and Solutions..................

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Astra 2000P (Windows 98/95 OSR2) Problems and Solutions..........

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Contacting Technical Support .............................................................

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Maintenance ..........................................................................................

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Static Electricity Precautions...............................................................

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Cleaning .................................................................................................

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APPENDIX A. TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS.......

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Scanner Specifications..........................................................................

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GLOSSARY ..............................................................

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FCC DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY.................

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WARRANTY .............................................................

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INDEX .......................................................................

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ABOUT THIS MANUAL

This is the Owner’s Guide for the UMAX Astra 2000U and the Astra 2000P scanners. It will provide information you will need to operate your scanner, as well as show you how to use the software that comes with it.

This manual assumes you have a basic knowledge of personal computers, and scanning terms and functions. However, a glossary of scanner terms is included at the end of this guide to explain the scanning terms used throughout this guide.

The information in this manual is organized as follows:

Chapter 1. Getting Started

Chapter 1 introduces you to the Astra 2000 series scanner and tells you how to install the scanner hardware and software.

Chapter 2. Your First Scan

Chapter 2 steps you through the basic procedures to use the scanner. These steps include scanning an image, and saving an image to a specified location.

Chapter 3. Scanning Basics

Chapter 3 describes the VistaScan software and other scanning utilities that have been included with the scanner to provide worryfree scanning. The VistaScan software includes several features that make scanning images and text easier than ever.

Chapter 4. Scanning Projects

Chapter 4 explains how to use this scanner with the bundled software applications. It shows you how to use the scanner for creative projects like making photo albums and calendars, sending scanned images via e-mail,and using the text recognition program to scan a document into your word processor.

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Chapter 5. How to Get Help

Chapter 5 contains information you can refer to when you need assistance with the scanner or the bundled software. The information includes: how to access the online manuals for all the bundled software, troubleshooting guidelines, and how to contact the manufacturer for additional assistance.

Glossary

Includes definitions of common scanning terminology.

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CHAPTER 1. Getting Started

Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the UMAX Astra 2000U or Astra 2000P scanner. These versatile units are perfect for the home or office. Use these scanners to add variety and flair to your documents, or to help you share images with others.

The hardware connection is the only difference between the two scanners. The Astra 2000U scanner is equipped with a USB connector that allows you to make a fast and easy connection to the USB port on your PC, or USB-equippedMacintosh computer (such as the iMac or G3). The Astra 2000P scanner uses a parallel connector that simply plugs in to the parallel (printer) port on your Windows PC. Throughout this guide the scanners will be referred to as the Astra 2000 scanner unless specified otherwise.

In addition to being easy to connect, these scanners are also easy to use. Simply follow the instructions in this guide and you’ll be scanning in no time. With the powerful software included with your scanner, you can create an archive of scanned images, e-mailor fax images to friends or clients, or create your own web site gallery. Get ready to unleash your creativity with the UMAX Astra 2000 scanner.

Unpacking the Scanner

Your scanner package includes the cables and software you need to get the scanner up and running. The scanner package should contain all of the items listed below. If you do not find all of the listed items, contact the retailer from whom you purchased the scanner, or contact UMAX. For information about contacting UMAX directly, refer to Chapter 5. How to Find Help.

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Astra 2000U Package Contents

UMAX Astra 2000U Flatbed scanner

USB Interface Cable

Quick Start Guide and Owner’s Manual

Power Adapter

Adobe® PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition 3.0CD-ROM(PC version)

Adobe® PhotoDeluxe® 2.0CD-ROM(Macintosh version)

UMAX Scanner CD-ROMwhich contains:

UMAX VistaScan

VistaAccess

VistaShuttle (PC only)

Caere® OmniPage® LE OCR

NewSoft® Presto! PageManager

NewSoft® Presto! PhotoAlbum™ (PC only)

NewSoft® Presto! Type™ (PC only)

UMAX Copy Utility (PC only)

Astra 2000P Package Contents

UMAX Astra 2000P Flatbed scanner

Parallel Interface Cable

Quick Start Guide and Owner’s Manual

Power Adapter

Adobe® PhotoDeluxe® Home Edition 3.0CD-ROM

UMAX Scanner CD-ROMwhich contains:

UMAX VistaScan

VistaAccess

VistaShuttle

Caere® OmniPage® LE OCR

NewSoft® Presto! PageManager™

NewSoft® Presto! PhotoAlbum™

NewSoft® Presto! Type™

UMAX Copy Utility

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Getting to Know Your Scanner

To gain a complete understanding of the information contained in this manual, it is important that you become familiar with your scanner. The graphics below identify the key scanner components.

Document Cover

The plastic cover that protects the object glass.

Object Glass

The glass surface on which documents or images are placed.

Power Indicator

Illuminates to indicate that the scanner is powered on.

Astra 2000U and Astra 2000P Scanner Elements

4-PinUSB Connector

Power Adapter

Receptacle

Astra 2000U Backpanel

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Power Adapter

Receptacle

Parallel Interface

Parallel Interface

Connector ”TO PC”

Connector ”TO

 

 

Printer”

Astra 2000P Backpanel

There are two parallel ports on the Astra 2000P scanner. This allows your printer and your scanner to communicate with your computer using the parallel connector. The first parallel port is used to connect the scanner to your computer. You attach your printer cable to the second parallel port, which acts as a pass-throughport.

System Requirements

This section defines the minimum system requirements necessary to operate either the Astra 2000U or Astra 2000P scanner. Please refer to the section below that applies to your scanner and computer type.

Astra 2000U Scanner

PC Requirements

An IBM-compatiblePC with 80486, Pentium processor or higher

Microsoft® Windows 98, 95 OSR 2, or higher

USB interface connector

At least 16 MB RAM memory (32 MB recommended)

CD-ROMdrive

170 MB of available hard disk space

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Macintosh Requirements

iMac or USB-compatibleMacintosh

Macintosh OS 8.1 or higher

USB interface connector

At least 16 MB RAM memory (32 MB recommended)

CD-ROMdrive

170 MB of available hard disk space

Astra 2000P Scanner

An IBM-compatiblePC with 80486, Pentium processor or higher

Microsoft® Windows 98, 95 OSR 2, NT 4.0 or higher

Parallel interface connector

At least 16 MB RAM memory (32 MB recommended)

CD-ROMdrive

170 MB of available hard disk space

Installing the Hardware

After you have removed the scanner from the box and verified that all of the package contents have been included, please check to make sure that your computer is compatible with the scanner’s connectors.

About Scanner Connectors

USB Connectors

Many newer computers, including most PCs, the Apple iMac, and USB capable Macintosh computers rely on USB technology as the primary method of communication between the computer and its peripherals. With this new USB “plug-and-play”technology, your computer automatically configures any recently attached peripherals (such as a mouse or a scanner) as soon as you reboot the computer.

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If your computer has a USB port, you must make sure that this port is enabled in the system BIOS. Please refer to the troubleshooting section to learn more about enabling the USB port.

Parallel Port Connectors

Another common communication interface is the parallel port. The parallel port interface is the standard method for connecting a printer to a PC computer. In order to use the Astra 2000P scanner, you must make sure that the mode of your parallel port is set correctly. Please refer to the troubleshooting section of this manual to learn how to correctly set the port mode.

Checking Your Computer’s Connectors

To use your scanner you need to understand what type of connectors you have on your computer. To determine the connector type, look at the back panel of your computer:

A USB port is a small slot ½” long and ¼” wide.

A Parallel port is about 1 ½” long and ¼” wide, with two rows of tiny holes (25).

NOTE: If your computer has a USB port, check to make sure that your computer's operating system supports USB. The followingfactory-installedoperating systems support USB: Microsoft Windows 95 OSR2, 98 or higher, and Mac OS8.1.

Setting Up – General Information

Find a suitable location near your computer to place the scanner.

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CAUTION: Make sure the surface is flat. Operating your scanner on an uneven surface can damage the internal components.

Turn your computer off. Unplug the computer’s power cable from the electrical outlet.

Connecting the Hardware Interface Cables

If your computer has a USB port, follow the instructions in the “Connecting the USB Cable” section to connect the scanner to your computer.

If your computer has a parallel port, follow the instructions in the “Connecting the Parallel Cable” section to connect the scanner to your computer.

Connecting the USB Cable

The instructions for connecting the hardware interface cable are different for PC and Macintosh users. Refer to the section below that applies to your computer type.

PC Connection

1.Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.

2.Locate the USB cable that is provided. Plug one end of this cable firmly into the USB port on the back of the computer.

USB Connector Port

USB Connector Port

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3.Plug the other end of this cable into the port located on the back panel of the scanner.

Macintosh Connection

1.Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.

2.Locate the USB cable that is provided. Plug one end of it firmly into one of the USB ports. iMac computer ports are located on the right side of the computer, or at either side of the keyboard. The USB port on other Macintosh computers is located on the back panel of the computer, or on a USB interface card.

3.Plug the other end of this cable into the port located on the back panel of the scanner.

Connecting the Parallel Port Cable

1.Turn off your computer and unplug the power cord.

2.Locate the parallel cable included with your scanner. Connect the 25-pinparallel interface cable to your PC’s parallel port.

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NOTE: If you have a printer connected to your computer’s parallel port, disconnect the printer and plug it into the “To Printer” port located on the back of the scanner. Plug the scanner cable into the parallel port. This provides a passthrough connection so you can use the printer of the scanner.

3.Plug the other end of this cable into the port located on the back panel of the scanner.

Connecting the Power Adapter

1.Plug the scanner’s power adapter into an electrical outlet.

2.Insert the other end of this cable into the power adapter receptacle on the rear panel of the scanner. The power indicator on the front panel of the scanner should now be illuminated.

3.Plug your computer’s power cable into an electrical outlet.

4.Turn your computer on.

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Installing the Software

Now that you have made the physical connection between the Astra 2000U/P scanner and your computer, the next step is to install the software that allows the two devices to communicate with one another.

Because the Macintosh and PC installation procedures are different for PhotoDeluxe, the installation instructions for that software is divided into PC and Macintosh software installation sections.

Installing PhotoDeluxe on Your PC

NOTE: PhotoDeluxe is compatible with Windows 98, 95 and higher. Use the following steps to install your scanning software rather than using the add/remove programs to install the software.

1.Insert the CD-ROMlabeled “PhotoDeluxe” into your computer’sCD-ROMdrive. Your computer should automatically read the disc and display a series of screens regarding product licensing. Follow the onscreen instructions.

NOTE: If your computer does not automatically read the CDROM after insertion, click on the “Start bar” and select “Run…” A dialog box appears. Type “d:\autoplay.exe” in the open text box. If yourCD-ROMis designated with another letter, substitute the appropriate letter for the drive.

2.A Licensing Agreement window appears. Enter the country where you are currently located in and click Next.

3.Read the licensing agreement and then click Agree.

4.A PhotoDeluxe Install window appears. Click the Install button. Follow the onscreen instructions.

5.When you get to the Setup Type window, choose Typical.

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6.Fill in the user information.

7.Click Next in the Start Copying Files window to begin installing PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0, Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01, Adobe ATM 4.0 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01. Follow the onscreen instructions.

8.After Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.01 has been installed, a ReadMe file appears. When you have read the ReadMe, select Exit from the File menu.

9.The Adobe Type Manager window appears. Click the Install button. Follow the onscreen instructions.

10.When the Adobe Product Registration window appears, enter the relevant information and continue following the onscreen instructions.

11.When a screen appears asking if you want to restart your computer to finish the installation procedure, select Yes and click theOK button.

NOTE: To access these files you must click on the “Start” bar, select “Programs,” and then select “Adobe.” A cascading file appears with “Read Me” information and other selections to choose from. For information about setting up desktop shortcuts, refer to your Microsoft Windows documentation.

Installing PhotoDeluxe on Your Macintosh

1.Insert the CD-ROMlabeled “PhotoDeluxe” into your computer’sCD-ROMdrive. Your computer should automatically read the disc and display the folders contained on theCD-ROM.

2.Double-clickon the Adobe PhotoDeluxe Installer icon. Follow the onscreen instructions.

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3.An Adobe ReadMe file appears. After reading the text, click

Continue.

4.A PhotoDeluxe Installer window appears. Click the Install button. Follow the onscreen instructions.

5.Complete the product registration form and click Next. Click theInstall Now button. After installation is complete, restart your computer by clicking theRestart button. After the system restarts,re-insertthe PhotoDeluxeCD-ROM.

6.Double-clickon the ATM application folder inside the PhotoDeluxeCD-ROMwindow.Double-clickon the Font and Utilities folder, thenDouble-clickon the Installer icon. Click theInstall icon to install the ATM files. Restart your system after the installation is complete.

Install VistaScan Drivers, Presto! PageManager,

Presto! PhotoAlbum, Presto! PageType,

OmniPage LE and Online Manuals

1.Insert the UMAX Scanner CD into your computer’s CD-ROMafter you have finished installing the software on the PhotoDeluxe CD.

FOR PC USERS: If your computer does not automatically begin installing the programs contained on this disc after inserting it into theCD-ROM,click on the “Start bar,” select “Run…” A dialog box appears. Type “d:/setup” in the dialog box. If yourCD-ROMis designated with another letter, substitute the appropriate letter for the drive.

2.Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation of Presto! PageManager, UMAX VistaScan, OmniPage LE, MagicMatch Profile Pack and the online User’s Guide.

3.Restart your computer as suggested by the onscreen instructions to complete the installation.

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