PowerScan Announces IDEA Version 2.1

Includes New Enhancements and Product Capabilities



Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from PowerScan, Inc.

    STERLING, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- PowerScan, Inc. today announces
 the release of Version 2.1 of IDEA, the industry's premier scanning capture
 and forms post processing software package.  "This new release has been a
 collaborative effort between our staff and our customers to make IDEA even
 more robust than it was," said Dr. Jenson Yin, PowerScan's Vice President of
 Development and Chief Technical Officer.
     IDEA Version 2.1 has been installed at a major government agency and other
 select customer sites.  "The feedback from our customers on both the new
 features and the ease of use has been extremely encouraging," said Terry
 Murphy, PowerScan Vice President.  "I am confident that our user base will
 embrace the new and improved IDEA to improve their productivity and increase
 their efficiency," Murphy concluded.
     The major new product enhancements include a preset configuration and a
 retrieval function.
     * The IDEA Desktop system comes complete with a preset configuration that
 allows the user to scan, capture, and display the output in the most popular
 structure with easily accessible pre-defined scripts.  The options include:
       * Single or multi page TIFF output with Microsoft Access indexing.
       * Single or multi page PDF output with Microsoft Access indexing.
       * Single page TIFF output with fixed length IDX indexing.
     * If Microsoft Access indexing is chosen, the output image files are
 hyperlinked for easy displaying.
       * The Microsoft Access retrieval form is automatically created by the
 IDEA Output Agent.
 
     Although these preset configurations are in place, the user still has the
 ability to fully configure IDEA to meet and exceed system requirements.
 
     Other new enhancements include:
         * A simplified installation process which does not sacrifice system
           functionality.
         * A new viewing module that allows batches exceeding 1,000 images to
           be automatically inspected by the user.  This enhancement allows for
           increased system throughput for large batches.
         * The fully automated batch processing feature has moved from the
           Enterprise to the Desktop.  This enhancement speeds up processing
           and increases system throughput.
         * A carryover module has been added to aid in carrying forward index
           data from one batch to the next where needed, thereby reducing
           keystrokes, labor, and operating expense.
         * A just-in-time debugger and a timeout function have been added to
           the Script engine to aid in the development of additional scripts.
         * A rework quality control module has been added to send a batch
           immediately to the rework engine.  The rework engine allows for
           deletion, rescan, and the insertion of any number of images anywhere
           inside of the batch.
 
     IDEA is available as Capture Plus, Desktop, and Enterprise.
         * Capture Plus scans, processes, and outputs in one Agent for a quick,
           low-cost solution.
         * Desktop allows for multiple Agents to increase throughput on a
           single workstation.  The use of the fully automatic batch processing
           function allows the users to scan all day and post process all night
           for increased system throughput.
         * Enterprise spreads the work among multiple workstations for the
           greatest throughput.
 
     IDEA includes all of the industry-leading PowerScan scanner driver
 engines, along with engines for clean-up, barcode, print, endorse, OCR, and VB
 Script.  Output can be in the industry de-facto standard IDX format, or a full
 range of ODBC-compliant database formats including, MS Access, MS SQL, and
 Oracle.
 
     Availability and Pricing:
     IDEA 2.1 is available for delivery from PowerScan's network of imaging
 resellers and distributors today.  IDEA Capture Plus ranges from $850 to
 $5,500.  This is the lowest cost solution in the industry today.  IDEA Desktop
 ranges from $3,500 to $8,500.  IDEA Enterprise starts at $12,600 for a 4-user
 system.
 
     About PowerScan:
     PowerScan, Inc., a Star Technologies Imaging Company (STRR), is the
 leading pioneer in providing image capture, and now retrieval technologies to
 government and industry.  PowerScan has been providing imaging software
 solutions for scanners and post processing since they were first used in the
 Gulf War conflict.  Today IDEA is used worldwide by the United States
 Government, insurance companies, large manufacturing concerns, service
 bureaus, and small scanning firms.  PowerScan is located at 7 Pidgeon Hill
 Drive, Sterling, Virginia 20165 and can be found on the Web at
 http://www.pwrscan.com .  The telephone number is 703-430-8227 and the fax is
 703-430-7920.
 
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SOURCE PowerScan, Inc.
    STERLING, Va., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- PowerScan, Inc. today announces
 the release of Version 2.1 of IDEA, the industry's premier scanning capture
 and forms post processing software package.  "This new release has been a
 collaborative effort between our staff and our customers to make IDEA even
 more robust than it was," said Dr. Jenson Yin, PowerScan's Vice President of
 Development and Chief Technical Officer.
     IDEA Version 2.1 has been installed at a major government agency and other
 select customer sites.  "The feedback from our customers on both the new
 features and the ease of use has been extremely encouraging," said Terry
 Murphy, PowerScan Vice President.  "I am confident that our user base will
 embrace the new and improved IDEA to improve their productivity and increase
 their efficiency," Murphy concluded.
     The major new product enhancements include a preset configuration and a
 retrieval function.
     * The IDEA Desktop system comes complete with a preset configuration that
 allows the user to scan, capture, and display the output in the most popular
 structure with easily accessible pre-defined scripts.  The options include:
       * Single or multi page TIFF output with Microsoft Access indexing.
       * Single or multi page PDF output with Microsoft Access indexing.
       * Single page TIFF output with fixed length IDX indexing.
     * If Microsoft Access indexing is chosen, the output image files are
 hyperlinked for easy displaying.
       * The Microsoft Access retrieval form is automatically created by the
 IDEA Output Agent.
 
     Although these preset configurations are in place, the user still has the
 ability to fully configure IDEA to meet and exceed system requirements.
 
     Other new enhancements include:
         * A simplified installation process which does not sacrifice system
           functionality.
         * A new viewing module that allows batches exceeding 1,000 images to
           be automatically inspected by the user.  This enhancement allows for
           increased system throughput for large batches.
         * The fully automated batch processing feature has moved from the
           Enterprise to the Desktop.  This enhancement speeds up processing
           and increases system throughput.
         * A carryover module has been added to aid in carrying forward index
           data from one batch to the next where needed, thereby reducing
           keystrokes, labor, and operating expense.
         * A just-in-time debugger and a timeout function have been added to
           the Script engine to aid in the development of additional scripts.
         * A rework quality control module has been added to send a batch
           immediately to the rework engine.  The rework engine allows for
           deletion, rescan, and the insertion of any number of images anywhere
           inside of the batch.
 
     IDEA is available as Capture Plus, Desktop, and Enterprise.
         * Capture Plus scans, processes, and outputs in one Agent for a quick,
           low-cost solution.
         * Desktop allows for multiple Agents to increase throughput on a
           single workstation.  The use of the fully automatic batch processing
           function allows the users to scan all day and post process all night
           for increased system throughput.
         * Enterprise spreads the work among multiple workstations for the
           greatest throughput.
 
     IDEA includes all of the industry-leading PowerScan scanner driver
 engines, along with engines for clean-up, barcode, print, endorse, OCR, and VB
 Script.  Output can be in the industry de-facto standard IDX format, or a full
 range of ODBC-compliant database formats including, MS Access, MS SQL, and
 Oracle.
 
     Availability and Pricing:
     IDEA 2.1 is available for delivery from PowerScan's network of imaging
 resellers and distributors today.  IDEA Capture Plus ranges from $850 to
 $5,500.  This is the lowest cost solution in the industry today.  IDEA Desktop
 ranges from $3,500 to $8,500.  IDEA Enterprise starts at $12,600 for a 4-user
 system.
 
     About PowerScan:
     PowerScan, Inc., a Star Technologies Imaging Company (STRR), is the
 leading pioneer in providing image capture, and now retrieval technologies to
 government and industry.  PowerScan has been providing imaging software
 solutions for scanners and post processing since they were first used in the
 Gulf War conflict.  Today IDEA is used worldwide by the United States
 Government, insurance companies, large manufacturing concerns, service
 bureaus, and small scanning firms.  PowerScan is located at 7 Pidgeon Hill
 Drive, Sterling, Virginia 20165 and can be found on the Web at
 http://www.pwrscan.com .  The telephone number is 703-430-8227 and the fax is
 703-430-7920.
 
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