The worldwide growth
of PCs, desktop publishing and the Internet has dramatically increased
the demand for clear and colorful digital images. Users can manipulate
these images on a computer, add them to documents, store them
electronically, access them via a database, transmit them over the
Internet, or print them on color-inkjet or laser printers.
To obtain the digital
images they need, users digitize large numbers of conventional
photographic negatives and slides on film scanners. This rapidly
growing market will feature models that are less expensive and easier
to use and that produce the clearest, most colorful images possible,
making them widely accessible for small office, education, and personal
use, as well as for more traditional commercial applications.