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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 ? For desktop publishing, the quality of scans is thetop priority. For , 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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