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Astra 2100U

OWNER’S GUIDE

Trademarks

UMAX is a trademark of UMAX Technologies, Inc. Astra is a trademark of UMAX Technologies, Inc. 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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

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

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

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Package Contents....................................................................................

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

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Astra 2100U Scanner Elements ..............................................................

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Astra 2100U Back Panel.........................................................................

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

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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 and Bundle Software (Presto! PageManager, Presto!

PhotoAlbum, Presto! PageType, Presto! ImageFolio, OmniPage LE and

Online Manuals) .....................................................................................

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

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Scanning Your First Image With PhotoDeluxe....................................

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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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CHAPTER 3. SCANNING BASICS ............................

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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. PUSH BUTTON SCANNING ................

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Configuring the Push Buttons ..............................................................

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Using the Push Buttons ..........................................................................

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CHAPTER 5. 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 6. 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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Windows 98/95 OSR2 Problems and Solutions....................................

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Macintosh Version Problems and Solutions .........................................

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CHAPTER 1. Getting Started

Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the UMAX Astra 2100U scanner. This versatile unit is perfect for the home or office. Use this scanner to add variety and flair to your documents, or to help you share images with others.

The Astra 2100U 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 blue and white G3).

In addition to being easy to connect, this scanner is 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 2100U 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 6. How to Find Help.

Package Contents

UMAX Astra 2100U Flatbed scanner

USB Interface Cable

Quick Start Guide and Owner’s Manual

Power Adapter

Adobe® PhotoDeluxe® CD-ROM(Home Edition 3.0 for PC, 2.0 for Macintosh)

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UMAX Scanner CD-ROM.ThisCD-ROMcontains software for UMAX VistaScan, VistaAccess, VistaShuttle (PC), Caere® OmniPage® LE OCR, NewSoft® Presto! PageManager, NewSoft® Presto! PhotoAlbum™ LE, NewSoft® Presto! PageType™ (PC), UMAX Copy Utility (PC), Presto! ImageFolio LE (PC)

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.

Scan, Copy and Custom

(OCR or E-Mail)Buttons

Power Indicator

Illuminates to indicate that the scanner is powered on.

Astra 2100U Scanner Elements

Transparency

Receptacle

4-PinUSB Connector

Power Adapter

Receptacle

Astra 2100U Back Panel

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System Requirements

This section defines the minimum system requirements necessary to operate either the Astra 2100U scanner. Please refer to the section below that applies to your scanner and computer type.

PC Requirements

An IBM-compatiblePC with 80486, Pentium processor or higher

Microsoft® Windows 98, 95 OSR2, or higher

USB interface connector

At least 16 MB RAM memory (32 MB recommended)

CD-ROMdrive

170 MB of available hard disk space

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

Installing the Software

The PhotoDeluxe installation procedure is different for Macintosh and PC computers. Therefore, we have provided two separate sets of instructions. Follow the set of instructions for your computer.

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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 disk 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 theStart bar and selectRun…

A dialog box appears. Type “d:\autoplay.exe” in the open text box. If your CD-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.

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.

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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 disk and display the folders contained on theCD-ROM.

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

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.

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Install VistaScan and Bundle Software (Presto!

PageManager, Presto! PhotoAlbum, Presto!

PageType, Presto! ImageFolio, OmniPage LE

and Online Manuals)

1.Insert the UMAX Scanner CD into your computer’s CD-ROMdrive after 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 disk after inserting it into theCD-ROM,click on theStart bar, selectRun… 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.

FOR MACINTOSH USERS: When the UMAX VistaScan window opens on your desktop,double-clickon the UMAX CD Installer icon to begin the software installation.

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

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

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.

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About Scanner Connectors

USB Connectors

Many newer computers, both PC and Macintosh, 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 peripherals.

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.

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.

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 OS 8.1.

Setting Up – General Information

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

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

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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.

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.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

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

Macintosh Connection

1.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.

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

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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.

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CHAPTER 2. Your First Scan

Before you begin your first scan, you must install the scanner and the bundled software. Refer to the Quick Start Guide for installation and scanner test instructions.

You can perform a basic scan using any of the software applications bundled with this scanner. For your first scan, we suggest using the PhotoDeluxe software.

PCs and Macintosh have two different versions of the PhotoDeluxe software, so we have included two separate sets of instructions. Please follow the proper set of instructions for your system.

Scanning Your First Image With

PhotoDeluxe

Open the PhotoDeluxe software application.

Scanning an Image from the PC

1.Click the Start bar in thebottom-leftcorner of the screen.

2.Click Programs.

3.Select Adobe.

4.Select PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0.

5.Click Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 3.0.

6.The PhotoDeluxe screen appears with the Seasonal Activities option present. Initially, we recommend you bypass this section. To bypass this section, click Install and then click

Cancel.

7.Click the Get & Fix Photo tab. A row of icons appears.

8.Click the Get Photo icon. Adrop-downlist appears. Click theScanners… option. A tabbed bar appears at the top of the screen. Click theScanner tab.

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9.Click the Choose Scanner icon. Click on theVistaScan entry in the input source list. TheVistaScan input source is highlighted. ClickOK. (NOTE: You only need to do this one time.) Click theMode tab. Click theCustom icon. The VistaScan window opens. VistaScan software controls the various functions of the scanner and provides a communication path between the scanner and the PhotoDeluxe software.

NOTE: Before using your scanner for the first time, use the Scanner Test utility to verify that the scanner is able to communicate with the computer. A test window appears the first time you launch the VistaScan software after installing the scanner.

10.Click the Scanner Test, and the UMAX Scanner Test Program window opens. Click theTest button to test the scanner.

11.If the scanner passes, “Scanner Link Successful,” appears in the status box. Click OK. If the scanner test fails, check your connections and try the test again.

12.Click the Custom icon.

13.Select an item you would like to scan (a picture, a drawing, etc.).

14.Lift the document cover and place the item face-downso the top center of the document aligns with the arrow ( ) at the back edge of the object glass.

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15.Click the Preview button on the right side of the VistaScan Beginner window. The scanner begins alow-resolutionscan of the item.

16.When the preview scan is complete the preview image is displayed in the Preview window (on the left side of the VistaScan window).

You can change the view of the Preview image using the “Zoom Tool,” or select a scanning region using the “Frame Selection Tool.” To find out more about how to use these tools, click on the user tips text that appears when your cursor pauses over the tool.

NOTE: You must have a browser installed in order to view the VistaScan online help.

17.In the Click to Scan section of the VistaScan Beginner window, click the icon that corresponds to the type of image you are scanning.

For example, if you are scanning a color photograph, choose “Color Photo.” To scan text or a black and white drawing, choose “Text/Lineart.” The image is scanned and you return to the PhotoDeluxe window.

NOTE: Choosing an icon in the “Click to Scan” area does two things: it activates the scanner, and automatically sets the scanner settings. This ensures you get the best scanning results for the item you are scanning.

18.A pop-upmessage appears on the right side of the screen indicating that you should click theDone tab.

19.Click the Done tab. ASave as window opens. Enter a file name for the scanned image. Indicate which folder or directory you want to save the image file to, and specify in what file format you want to save the image.

NOTE: If you do not assign a file name, the computer automatically assigns a name that consists of the date, and atwo-digitreference number.

20.Enter a graphic title for the image that will appear in the My Photos window.

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21.Click on the Save & Send icon. Choose save from the dropdown menu. Click theSave button to save the image.

22.Close the VistaScan window by clicking Exit.

Scanning an Image from the Macintosh

1.Double-clicktheHard Drive icon.

2.Double-clicktheAdobe PhotoDeluxe 2.0 folder.

3.Double-clicktheAdobe PhotoDeluxe application icon to launch PhotoDeluxe. The PhotoDeluxe screen appears.

4.Click the Get Photo button.

5.Click the Get Photo tab.

6.Click the Scanner button to display a menu of available input sources. Click on theUMAX VistaScan entry in the input source list. TheUMAX VistaScan input source is highlighted. ClickOK. The VistaScan Beginner window appears.

NOTE: You only need to select the device driver once in PhotoDeluxe. It will remember your selection the next time you use the application.

7.Select an item you would like to scan (a picture, a brochure, etc.).

8.Lift the document cover and place the item face-downso the top center of the image aligns with the arrow ( ) at the back edge of the object glass.

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