SCANNING - WHAT DO YOU REALLY GET?
if you are using your scanner with the specific idea of archiving
images AND do not need this color function, you could save
some money and runtime by purchasing a bitonal scanner.
years ago, nobody was asking for color scanners when it came to
high-speed scanning. Today
we are in an area with color scanning much like where we were
twenty years ago, when most monitors were monochrome (one color),
but color was the wave of the future.
Today, the majority of scanners and scan applications are
still working in bitonal (black and white) mode. Technology
changes fast however, and today every scanner manufacturer provides
high-speed color scanners in their product portfolio.
Scanning documents in color and saving that document
in a compressed color format such as TIFF, JPEG, JFIF or PDF
has many advantages, as well as some disadvantages. It is more
expensive, and scans at slower speeds than with bitonal
scanners due to the larger file size.
However, you also get much clearer images than scanning with
a bitonal output, and if you have documents that have
distinct areas of color, you are able to capture the image
more truly. If you are
at the lower end of production scanning (about 5,000 documents per
day or less), it may be more worthwhile to pay a few dollars more
today and get a color scanner, rather than to have to replace
a bitonal scanner down the road – even if the images you
scan are black and white only, or if all you need is a bitonal
Step: Simplex vs. Duplex
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