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Flatliners

Bring your images to life with a flatbed scanner.

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This story appears in the August 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There's more than one way to scan a cat, but we don'trecommend you try it. It can leave scratches and fur on thescanning surface. There's also more than one way to scan adocument-but are you interested in using your scans for desktop orWeb publishing? For desktop publishing, the quality of scans is thetop priority. For Web publishing, ease of use is the most importantfactor. You might lean one way or the other, or you might want ascanner that can do it all . . . the cat's meow.

The two main branches of the scanning family are sheet-fed andflatbed. For images of all sizes and documents of odd sizes, aflatbed can't be beat, so we'll restrict our round-up tothat common species. With prices ranging from $150 to $1,599,you're sure to find a flatbed to fit your budget and needs.

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