Wide-Format Devices Revisited, Part 29 May, 2006 By: Sara Ferris
In this follow-up to Cadalyst's recent round-up of printers and scanners, we look at the latest from Vidar
Vidar's latest wide-format model is the Titan H36, a 36" color and monochrome scanner. It features a built-in, Linux-based processor that for many scanning and copying tasks eliminates the need for a host PC. Optical resolution is 600dpi. The Titan captures 48 bits of color data and outputs the best 24 bits to maximize color fidelity.
The scanner is available in a BASE model for $18,900 and a PLUS model for $20,900. The difference between the two? The BASE model offers resolution to 1200dpi via software enhancements, while the PLUS provides 9600dpi resolution. The PLUS model is also faster: It scans at speeds to 3"/sec for full color and 12"/sec for monochrome at 400dpi turbo settings. The BASE model scans 1.5"/seconds in color and 6"/second black-and-white at the same settings.
Also new are two 42" models. The Select H42 (BASE, $13,900; PLUS, $15,900) handles images as wide as 42" and 0.6" thick. Color scanning speed is 0.6"/sec at 400dpi turbo RGB. Native optical resolution is 508dpi, with software enhancement to 800dpi on the BASE model and 9,600dpi for the PLUS. The Atlas H42 (BASE, $19,900; PLUS, $21,900) offers similar resolutions but faster throughput: 3"/sec for full color and 12"/sec for black-and-white.
Vidar's line features many other models, ranging in size from 25" to 54". The company also offers an 18" flatbed model, the Designer 18 ($10,900), for those who need to scan thick (more than 0.5") or delicate originals.
The Select P25 accepts documents 25" wide and 0.6" thick. The BASE monochrome model ($7,900) provides resolution to 800dpi, and the PLUS color model ($9,900) to 9,600dpi.
The Atlas P25 is a color scanner that offers 48-bit color capture and 16-bit graytone capture. Like the Select, the BASE model ($11,900) scans at 800dpi, and the PLUS version ($13,900) at 9,600dpi. The PLUS version also delivers speedier color scans at 1.5"/sec, compared with 0.5"/sec for the BASE model. Both process black-and-white scans at 4"/sec.
In the 36" realm, Vidar offers five models. The Select MP36 (BASE, $9,900; PLUS, $11,900) and the Nova MP36 ($8,900) are monochrome scanners with 2400dpi maximum resolution. Scanning speed for the Nova is 10"/sec. Top speed for the Select is 8"/sec. For color scanning the company offers the Select P36 (BASE, $11,900; PLUS; $13,900) and the Nova XP36 (BASE, $10,900; PLUS $12,900). The Atlas P36 (BASE, $17,900; PLUS, $19,900) also offers color scanning to 9,600dpi with native optical resolution of 400dpi.
At the top of the width chart is the Atlas P54, a 54" wide scanner. An all-wheel drive paper guide keeps originals feeding smoothly. Top speed for the BASE model ($27,900) is 4"/sec black-and-white and 1.5"/sec color. The PLUS model ($29,900) posts speeds of 8"/sec black-and-white and 3"/sec color.
Beyond the hardware, Vidar offers TRUscan, which provides scan-to-disk capabilities, batch scanning and batch conversion. It supports more than 50 file formats and includes a viewer with tools for postscanning tasks.
The WIDEsystem application allows companies to share scanners across a network. Additional plug-ins support direct scanning into applications such as AutoCAD and Photoshop.
Editor's note: Be sure to consult the Cadalyst article "Big Prints" by Ron LaFon (April 2006) for general tips about buying a plotter or scanner, as well as a run-down additional models from other vendors.