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UMAX AstraNET e5420/5470
Owner's Guide
Trademarks
UMAX is a trademark of UMAX Technologies, Inc. Astra is a trademark of UMAX
Technologies, Inc. IBM PC/AT is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
PhotoDeluxe is a trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc. Presto! PageManager is a trademark of
NewSoft Technology Corporation. Other names and trademarks appearing herein are trademarks
of their respective holders.
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Summary of Contents

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    Owner’s Guide Trademarks UMAX is a trademark of UMAX Technologies, Inc. Astra is a trademark of UMAX Technologies, Inc. IBM PC/AT is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. PhotoDeluxe is a trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc. Presto! PageManager is a trademark of NewSoft Technology Corporation.

  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Scan Destination…………………………………………………………………………………..15 Scanner Information………………………………………………………………………………17 VistaScan Beginner Window Features…………………………………………………………17 VistaScan Advanced Features…………………………………………………………………...20 Using VistaAccess – Direct Access……………………………………………………………..31 Using VistaShuttle………………………………………………………………………………...32 Using the UMAX Copy Utility…………………………………………………………………..34 CHAPTER 4. PUSH BUTTON SCANNING…………………………………………35 Configuring the Push Buttons…………………………………………………………………...35 Intelligent Image Process Engine (IIPE)………………………………………………………36 USING THE PUSH BUTTONS…………………………………………………………………..40...

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    Opening OmniPage LE…………………………………………………………………………..48 Converting Scanned Text with OmniPage LE…………………………………………………49 CHAPTER 6. HOW TO GET HELP………………………………………………….50 USING ONLINE MANUALS…………………………………………………………………….50 Accessing the UMAX VistaScan Online Manual……………………………………………...50 Accessing the Adobe PhotoDeluxe Online Manual…………………………………………..51 Accessing the Presto! PageManager Online Manual………………………………………..51 Accessing the Caere OmniPage Online Manual……………………………………………...51 Installing Acrobat Reader for Macintosh Users………………………………………………52...

  • Page 4: Chapter 1. Getting Started, Introduction, Unpacking The Scanner, Package Contents, Getting To Know Your Scanner

    Use this scanner to add variety and flair to your documents, or to help you share images with others. The AstraNET e5420/5470 scanner is equipped with a USB connector that allows you to make a fast and easy connection to the USB port on your PC, or USB-equipped Macintosh computer (such as the iMac, G3, or G4).

  • Page 5: System Requirements

    AstraNET e5470 Scanner Elements System Requirements This section defines the minimum system requirements necessary to operate either the AstraNET e5420/5470. Please refer to the section below that applies to your scanner and computer style. PC Requirements • An IBM-compatible PC with Pentium processor or higher •...

  • Page 6: Installing The Software, Installing Adobe Photodeluxe On The Pc

    • At least 32 MB RAM memory • CD-ROM drive • 250 MB of available hard disk space Macintosh Requirements • iMac or G3 or G4 USB-compatible Macintosh • Macintosh OS 8.0 to 9.0 • USB interface connector • At least 32 MB RAM memory •...

  • Page 7: Installing Adobe Photodeluxe On The Macintosh, Omnipage Le, And Online Manuals, Installing The Hardware

    3. Restart your computer as suggested by the onscreen instructions to complete the installation. Installing the Hardware After you have removed the scanner from the box and verified that all of the package contents have been included, please check to make sure that your computer is compatible with the scanner’s connectors.

  • Page 8: About Scanner Connectors, Setting Up – General Information, Connecting The Hardware Interface Cables

    1. Locate the USB cable that is provided. Plug the wide end of the cable firmly into one of the available USB ports on your computer. 2. Plug the small end of the cable into the port marked “USB” located on the back panel of the scanner.

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    USB interface card. 2. Plug the small end of the cable into the port marked “USB” located on the back panel of the scanner. Connecting the UTC (Universal Transparency Cover) Cable on the AstraNET e5470 only 1.

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    2. Insert the other end of this cord into the power adapter receptacle marked “POWER” on the back panel of the scanner. The power indicator on the front panel of the scanner should not be illuminated. 3. Restart your computer to recognize the scanner.

  • Page 11: Chapter 2. Your First Scan, Scanning Your First Image With Photodeluxe

    CHAPTER 2. YOUR FIRST SCAN Before you begin your first scan, you must install the scanner and the bundled software. Refer to the Quick Install Guide for installation. You can perform a basic scan using any of the software applications bundled with this scanner. For your first scan, we suggest using the PhotoDeluxe software.

  • Page 12: Scanning An Image From The Macintosh

    4. Click the Get Photo button. 5. Click the Get Photo tab. 6. Click the Scanner button to display a menu of available input sources. Click on the UMAX VistaScan entry in the input source list. The UMAX VistaScan input source is highlighted. Click OK.

  • Page 13: Turning The Scanner Lamp On And Off

    Turning the Scanner Lamp On and Off You can turn the scanner lamp on and off using the AstraNET e5420/5470’s built0in Power Saving utility from VistaAccess. The lamp remains on whenever the scanner has power, unless you turn it off using the UMAX Power Saving utility.

  • Page 14: Chapter 3. Scanning Basics, Setting Vistascan Preferences, General

    CHAPTER 3. SCANNING BASICS VistaScan is the primary program or driver you use to scan with your AstraNET e5420/5470 scanner. It is a TWAIN-compliant program, which means that it can be run from other programs that support scanning, like PhotoDeluxe, OmniPage, and others. It is also a stand-alone program, which allows you to scan images for a variety of uses, even without launching another program first.

  • Page 15: Scan Destination

    The Show Ruler command displays or hides the rulers that border the top and left sides of the Preview window. These rulers correspond to the rulers on your scanner’s object glass. Clicking on the Show Ruler checkbox turns off (removes the checkmark) and hides the ruler. Clicking on the checkbox again turns the feature on (displays a checkmark) and shows the ruler.

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    Printer To specify which printer to use when printing scanned images: 1. Click on the Printer icon. The printer driver currently selected as the default appears to the right of the Scan To icon set. 2. If you want to change any of the printer settings, click on the Properties button. The standard Print Setup dialog box opens.

  • Page 17: Scanner Information, Vistascan Beginner Window Features

    4. Select the image format in which you want to save scanned images from the Image Format drop down list. Scanner Information The Scanner Information tab displays important information about your scanner. The information includes: • Scanner Manufacturer • Scanner Model •...

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    Scanning an item via the Beginner window consists of just a few steps: 1. Perform a preview scan of the item to be scanned by clicking the Preview button. The item is quickly scanned at low-resolution, and is displayed in the Preview window (on the left side of the VistaScan Beginner window).

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    Move tool – Lets you move an image in the Preview window so you can see portions that are not visible because the image is zoomed too large to display completely. Click the Move tool. Put the cursor inside the Preview window (which changes the cursor shape to a hand). Scroll the image view by clicking and dragging the cursor.

  • Page 20: Vistascan Advanced Features

    The Original Document Source setting identifies the item you want to scan. You can choose from the following settings: Flatbed Reflective: Scans paper originals (non-tranparencies) e.g., photographs, documents, and brochures. Three other setting options appear onscreen that are not available with this scanner: UTA Transmissive, UTA Negative, Automatic Document Feeder.

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    Changing the Image Mode VistaScan can scan a wide variety of image types. True Color, RGB: Scans a full photo or document. The RGB indicates the colors Red, Green, and Blue. This setting creates larger files than the B/W Photo Setting. True Color, CMYK: Converts RGB (video) color data into CMYK (printed) color data using a special color transformation process.

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    Changing the Resolution Setting Scanning resolution is measured in dots per inch (DPI). Resolution determines the amount of information the scanner will capture in a scanned image. The higher the resolution, the finer the image detail and the larger the file sizes.

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    NOTE: Choosing the True Color RGB 42-bit setting captures more data than the 24-bit setting. This means that the file sizes listed above will be larger if you scanned images using the True Color 24-bit setting. Choosing the Best Resolution for Your Scanning Project To choose the best resolution for scanning, determine what you are going to do with the image once it is scanned.

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    The Descreen feature is unavailable when you have chosen the B/W Document, Fax, or OCR resolution settings. To change the Descreen feature: 1. Click the Descreen option to display the drop down menu. 2. Choose one of the descreen options: No Descreen –...

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    Changing the Filter Setting Image filters are used to soften or sharpen edges and boundaries of an image. VistaScan provides the following filter options: No Filter – Use this option when you do not want to sharpen or blur the image. Sharpen –...

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    To automatically adjust the light and dark values: 1. Place the item you want to scan on the scanner object glass. 2. Click the Preview button from the VistaScan Advanced window. 3. Select an area that you want to adjust using the Frame tool.

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    Using the Scan Control Unit The Scan Control unit contains the Preview and Scan buttons, and the Scan To options. Selecting the Scan to Device or Application To specify the device or application to which you want to send the scanned item: 1.

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    3. Click outside of a selected area to save the frame. To create other frames, repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have created all the desired frames. 4. After you create a frame, the Single Frame tool is automatically selected so you can resize or move the frame you just created.

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    To get a scanned image with good results, VistaScan provides gamma adjustment capabilities so you can compensate for this variance in your scanner. Moving the slider on the scroll bar to the right increases the brightness of the mid-range gray tones.

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    Adjusting the Image Tones The Curve command is another way to make precise adjustments in the highlight, midtones, or shadow levels in your images. Using this feature corrects the gray/color values in an image. You change the values by altering the shape of the curve that represents the brightness values of pixels. Click Reset to cancel the changes and return the value to the default setting.

  • Page 31: Using Vistaaccess – Direct Access

    VistaScan option. The VistaScan pop-up menu appears. Click on the VistaAccess option to display the scanner icon in the Windows Task bar (near the time display in the lower right corner of the window in the system tray).

  • Page 32: Using Vistashuttle

    To use Vistashuttle to create an E-Card (electronic greeting card you send via e-mail): 1. Click the scanner icon in the system tray (to the far right of the Windows task bar) using your right mouse button. Select the VistaShuttle application from the VistaAccess menu. The VistaShuttle Main window appears.

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    5. Click the icon that most closely represents the item you are going to scan in the Click To Scan area of the VistaScan Beginner window. The item is scanned, and VistaScan automatically closes. After a moment the VistaShuttle E-Card window appears with the scanned item in the default E-Card template.

  • Page 34: Using The Umax Copy Utility

    Using the UMAX Copy Utility The UMAX Copy utility is a PC-based application that lets you scan and automatically print copies of an image. NOTE: The UMAX Copy Utility is not Macintosh compatible. To use the copy utility: 1. Click on the Start bar. Click the Programs option. When the Programs pop-up menu appears, click the VistaScan option.

  • Page 35: Chapter 4. Push Button Scanning, Configuring The Push Buttons

    Stop. To stop printing copies, click the Stop button. CHAPTER 4. PUSH BUTTON SCANNING The defining feature of the AstraNET e5420/5470 is its push button functionality. You can scan an image to e-mail, perform OCR (optical character recognition), or even use the scanner as a copy machine by pushing one of the three buttons on the front panel of the scanner.

  • Page 36: Intelligent Image Process Engine (iipe)

    IIPE. When the Intelligent Image Process Engine (IIPE) box is checked, IIPE is activated and access to the document type, resolution, brightness, and image size settings are disabled. To gain access to the scanner settings, the Intelligent Image Process Engine (IIPE) should not be checked. Configuring the Scanner Button Values 1.

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    9. Click the OK button to save the Scan push button configuration settings. These settings will be used whenever you press the Scan button on the front of the scanner. NOTE: You can also click the Default button to return the values in each field to the default settings.

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    8. Click the OK button to save the Copy push button configuration settings. These settings will be used whenever you press the Copy button on the front of the scanner. NOTE: You can also click the Default button to return the values in each field to the default settings.

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    5. Select a scanning intensity level (brightness) by clicking on the arrow to the right of the Brightness field and choosing the desired brightness level from the drop-down menu. 6. Original indicates the type of material the original image is printed on. Select either Reflective or Transmissive by clicking the arrow to the right of the Original field.

  • Page 40: Using The Push Buttons

    Once you have configured the variable for each of the push buttons, you can scan images and text by simply pressing one of the buttons on your scanner. To scan using one of the scanner push buttons: 1. Press the Scan, Copy, or Custom (i.e. e-mail or OCR) button.

  • Page 41: Chapter 5. Scanning Projects

    CHAPTER 5. SCANNING PROJECTS The UMAX AstraNET e-5420/5470 scanner includes bundled software to help you with a variety of tasks. This chapter shows you how to make a personalized calendar, create Web-ready images, and even turn a page of text into an online text document that you can edit.

  • Page 42: Using Vistascan To Scan A Photo To E-mail

    1. Click on the E-mail icon to set the scanner settings to the best values for scanning an image to e-mail. NOTE: You may need to adjust the destination preferences in the VistaScan Beginner window. For information about setting preferences, refer to Setting the VistaScan Preferences section.

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    4. Select an image you want to post on a web site (i.e. a picture, a postcard, etc.). 5. Lift the document cover and place the item face-down in the center of the object glass of the scanner. 6. Click the Preview button. The scanner begins a low-resolution scan of the image. The preview image displays in the Preview window.

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    PhotoDeluxe window. NOTE: Choosing an icon in “Click to Scan” area does two things: it activates the scanner, and automatically sets all of the scanner settings to ensure you get the best scanning results.

  • Page 45: Using Presto! Pagemanager To Scan A Form And Edit It With Pagetype

    File menu. The VistaScan Beginner window appears. 7. Lift the document cover and place the form you want to scan face-down in the center of the object glass of the scanner. 8. Click the Preview button. 9. Click the Text/Lineart icon in the Click to Scan area to begin the scan.

  • Page 46: Creating A Calendar With Photodeluxe

    11. Click and drag the scanned form down to the PageType application icon. PageType opens and automatically displays the scanned form. 12. Fill in the form text desired using the PageType tools. 13. Save the image when you have finished editing the form by selecting Save As from the File menu and entering the relevant information.

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    4. Click the Cards & More button. 5. Click the Calendars icon, and choose the Monthly Calendars option from the drop-down menu. 6. Follow the onscreen instructions through step 5, then click the Add tab and choose the scanner icon. The VistaScan Beginner window opens automatically.

  • Page 48: Converting Scanned Text To Editable Text With Omni, Opening Omnipage Le

    Click the 4Style tab. Click the Choose style button. Double-click one of the styles that appear in the Templates window. Click the 5Add tab. Click the Scanner button to launch the VistaScan Beginner window. Click the Preview button, then click one of the icons from the Click to Scan section.

  • Page 49: Converting Scanned Text With Omnipage Le

    3. Double-click the OmniPage LE icon. An OmniPage toolbar appears. (If this toolbar does not appear, click on the Window menu and select Show Toolbar.) 4. Click Select Scanner from the Settings menu. Select UMAX Astra Series then click OK. Converting Scanned Text with OmniPage LE 1.

  • Page 50: Chapter 6. How To Get Help, Using Online Manuals, Accessing The Umax Vistascan Online Manual

    CHAPTER 6. HOW TO GET HELP The AstraNET e5420/5470 scanners have been designed to be reliable, easy-to-install, and easy-to-use. If you encounter any problems while installing or using your scanner, please follow the solutions outlined below.

  • Page 51: Accessing The Adobe Photodeluxe Online Manual, Accessing The Presto! Pagemanager Online Manual

    If VistaScan is not open, follow the instructions below. 1. Double-click the Hard Drive icon on the desktop. 2. Double-click the UMAX VistaScan folder. 3. Double-click the VistaScan Help. Your Internet browser should launch the VistaScan User’s Guide.

  • Page 52: Installing Acrobat Reader For Macintosh Users, Troubleshooting, General Problems And Solutions

    6. Double-click the Install Acrobat 3.0 icon. Troubleshooting This scanner is designed to be reliable and easy to install. If you have any problems with your scanner, please read the notes that follow to find out probable causes of the problem.

  • Page 53: Windows 98 Problems And Solutions

    2. Click on Properties command using the left mouse button. This brings up the Device Manager. 3. The scanner should be listed under the heading of Imaging Device. 4. If it is not present, insert the UMAX VistaScan CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive and reinstall VistaScan.

  • Page 54: Macintosh Version Problems And Solutions

    Problem: Your system goes to the Finder when you try to acquire the scanner. Solution: Plug the scanner into its own power outlet. If it still does the same thing, please call UMAX Technical Support. Problem: The following error message appeared: “Error: Not Enough Power to Function”...

  • Page 55: Contacting Technical Support

    1. Confirm the scanner is plugged into the computer’s USB port. 2. Go to the Apple Systems Profiler, listed under the Apple menu. 3. Go to the Devices & Volumes tab (Control + 2). Verify the scanner is listed under the USB tree as: Class: 0...

  • Page 56: Maintenance, Cleaning, Appendix A. Technical Specifications, Scanner Specifications

    Other observations that may aid the technician in identifying the problem and solution. When you call, please be in front of your computer. You will need to have your scanner and the computer turned on. Try to have as much information about your problem as possible. This information allows the technician to more effectively troubleshoot your problem.

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