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Sometimes you just can't imagine how your business ever got along without some handy piece of technology, like your fax machine or copier. For Brian Laschkewitsch, president of La Selva Creative, a homebased Web-consulting company in La Selva Beach, California, that piece of technology is his Astra 1220S scanner from Umax Technologies. Prior to purchasing the flatbed scanner in March, Laschkewitsch took his color marketing materials and Web site art elements to a nearby service bureau for scanning. The process often took several days. "In this industry, that's just not acceptable," says Laschkewitsch, 43. "So buying a scanner was one way to increase my turnaround on projects."

Besides a competitive price ($229), professional quality output is another reason Laschkewitsch chose the Astra 1220S. It offers 36-bit color and 600 x 1200 dpi, so it's powerful enough to meet most of his needs. "I have to be able to scan [artwork for] print media at the very highest quality possible, and so far, the Astra 1220S has worked just fine," he says.

The Astra 1220S model comes with a standard SCSI-II interface, which allows users to connect several peripherals into one expansion slot for easy manageability. Because Laschkewitsch already had an Iomega Zip drive for data backup plugged into his computer's parallel port, the SCSI-II interface gave him the flexibility he needed for connecting all his office peripherals.

The Astra 1220S is both PC- and Macintosh-compatible and comes with a powerful software bundle, which includes Adobe PhotoDeluxe for editing images, NewSoft Presto! PageManager for sharing scanned images via e-mail and other modes of communication, and Caere Omnipage LE OCR software for easily turning scanned pages into text.

For further information, contact Umax at (800) 562-0311 or visit http://www.umax.com

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