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Contex Introduces the ALL New Magnum XL 54 Color Scanner

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Ontario, California – July 1, 2003 – Contex Scanning Technology, a leader in wide-format document technologies, today announced the all-new Magnum XL 54 Scanner. The Magnum XL is a 54” wide scanner that incorporates state-of-the-art Tx technology for enhanced scan speed and image quality for high impact monochrome and color scanning for scan-to-print applications. This scanner is the first in the industry to handle 54” wide media using an assigned button that is held down to automatically adjust for the correct scan thickness of a thick original up to .6”. “Delivering fast color scanning at 3”/sec and monochrome scan speeds of 8”/sec the Magnum XL 54 is perfectly suited for Reprographic and Graphic Arts professionals who demand the flexibility of width, speed and various media thicknesses at a reasonable price point.” states Henrik Vestermark, Sales and Marketing Director. The Magnum XL 54 wide-format color scanner incorporates the latest and best in imaging technology for high-quality full color scanning and copying of the largest formats. The scanner’s 54” imaging area handles very large color posters, architectural sketches, detailed maps, drawings and fine art at very high speeds. The Magnum XL offers unlimited possibilities for professional imaging services, Reprographics, Graphic Arts, GIS and CAD. The Magnum XL is a powerful tool and the perfect solution for Sign Companies, Pre-press shops, Copy shops, POP/Exhibit/Display Providers, Repro Houses, Mapping, Architect and Engineer offices. Supports the new ContexNET Architecture Integrated in this new release, is the compatibility of the ContexNET architecture with the Tx models. ContexNET architecture allows for interoperability between all Contex scanners and scanner clients in a local LAN environment and externally through the internet. Features include: SCANNING - Very wide imaging area - scans A0/E landscape formats - The fastest color and monochrome scanning speeds in the industry - High Precision Color is captured at 42 bit for photo-realistic vivid colors - 14 bit gray-tone capture for perfect reproduction of gray shades - New hinged guide plate design allows for easier maintenance of the glass platen - Improved All-Wheel-Drive with contour adjustment - Accuracy Lens Enhancement (ALE) – with accuracy of 0.1% ± 1 pixel - Scan to PDF format option - 3C Automatic Maintenance System -Built-in Precision Color calibration High Precision Color The Magnum XL’s on-board real time color correction and 2D-filters for color sharpening, softening and blur provide superior results with a wide variety of input images. Color is captured at 42 bits for maximum color precision, passing the best 24 bits of color data to the computer to enhance color fidelity. The unique 3C Automatic Maintenance system lets you calibrate in the field at any time ensuring stabile and predictable color output. The Magnum XL is calibrated to both sRGB and NTSC color spaces using an ANSI IT8 calibration target. The Magnum XL supports the latest in monochrome scanning technology with Dual 2D-Adaptive enhancement. All processing is embedded in the hardware enabling you to perform powerful image enhancement and at very high speeds, much faster than performed by a PC. One Touch Scanning The Magnum XL’s operator panel, designed with convenient programmable action buttons, can initiate common tasks directly from the scanner. Each button immediately activates a scan and opens the image in an appropriate application and format. The scanner is equipped with action buttons for scanning, copying and e-mailing originals and can be reconfigured for other tasks. Flexible Connectivity—FireWire and SCSI The Magnum XL 54 scanner lets you fit the connection to your immediate needs by offering two interface options - the highly efficient and convenient Plug-and-Play (PnP) FireWire connection and the industry standard SCSI interface. The Magnum XL is available in two configurations, a base version and a plus version. The base version can be upgraded to the plus version using Contex’ unique SmartCardTM Technology. The Magnum XL scanner supports Windows 98, 98SE, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP platforms.