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Software Bundle

Visioneer included an interesting bundle with the 8100 Scanner. Similar bundles are distributed with all of their scanners. PaperPort Deluxe software easily manages all your documents and images and works with most popular applications. TextBridge Pro 8 OCR turns scanned documents into editable formatted text.

MGI PhotoSuite II SE Lets you easily capture, touch-up, transform, organize, create, show and share photos with family, friends and business associates. High quality templates create everything from calendars to business stationary. MGI PhotoSuite II SE delivers unparalleled functionality, productivity and entertainment to home and business users.

PaperPort Links™ let you drag and drop your documents and images instantly onto linked applications. WebPublisher Creates HTML links to post your scanned image to the Internet with WebPublisher link.

Technical Impressions

The Visioneer 8100 features scanning at an optical resolution of 600 x 1200dpi, the 42-bit color capability is achieved through an internal 14-bit analog to digital (A/D) converter that recognizes over 4 trillion colors. Each dot in an electronic color image comes from a blend of red, green, and blue (RGB). You can enhance it to 2400dpi through software interpolation.

If you take a closer look at the specifications of both units, you will notice that the 8600 scanner offers 36-bits and is using a 12-bit converter recognizing 68 billions of colors. Compared to the 8100 that features a 14-bit A/D converter and supporting up to 42-bits of color, thatís over 4 trillions colors. These differences could be hardly distinguished when compared, as itís very hard to notice a reasonable difference. The 8600 remains to be the best choice for the professional user cause of its high-interpolated resolution that goes up to 9600 dpi.

Compared to the 6200USB scanner who was only offering USB support, the 8100 offers both, parallel and USB support, NT users would definitely appreciate that feature as NT based computers donít support 98% of USB devices on the market. At this point, you might already be able to tell that the 6200USB and the 8100 OneTouch unit are using the exact same scanning engine, the single difference between both units are their exterior features.


The 8100 is available for sale at $179USD with a $30USD Mail-in-rebate. At 149$ the 8100 is hard to beat. The 8100 is the definitive solution for the home or small business. If you donít plan on using the OneTouch Panel on the 8100 unit, we would then have to recommend you to go with the 6200USB scanner which offers the exact same specifications but doesnít include the OneTouch features.

Oleg Mitskaniouk

Web Target PC


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