The Expression 1640XL is the latest introduction to Epson’s range of scanners specifically aimed at the graphics arts industry. The large format scanner is available in two options: Special Edition and Graphics Arts. The Special Edition offers a 1,600-x-3,200 dpi hardware resolution, 42-bit colour depth and 3.6 Dmax. It can scan media up to 12.2 inches by 17.2 inches and has USB and SCSI-2 interfaces, with IEEE 1394 as an option. The scanner has a true 14-bit A/D converter (analog to digital) that Epson claims offers four times the range of 12-bit A/D converters. It also has a built-in AutoFocus system to keep images as sharp as possible and custom film holders to avoid Newton rings. The bundled software in the Special Edition includes a Twain Pro scanner driver, the MonacoEZcolor colour management utility for calibrating the scanner, Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE, and document management and OCR software. The Graphic Arts version offers the same hardware specs and includes the same software – but adds higher-end scanning software, LaserSoft SilverFast 5. This is made up from a Photoshop plug-in and a TWAIN module. Pricing and release dates have not been announced.
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