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  • Page 1 English Français Deutsch Italiano Español Film Scanner User’s Manual...
  • Page 3 English Film Scanner User’s Manual...
  • Page 4: Important Safety Instructions

    Copyright Copyright © 1999 by this company. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, transmitted, transcribed, stored in a retrieval system or translated into any language or computer language, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, magnetic, optical, chemical, manual or otherwise, without the prior written permission of this company.
  • Page 5 This product should be operated from the type of power indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power available, consult your dealer or local power company. Do not allow anything to rest on the power cord. Do not locate this product where persons will walk on the cord.
  • Page 6 FCC Information The Federal Communication Commission Radio Frequency Interference Statement includes the following paragraph: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B Digital Device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
  • Page 7: Table Of Contents

    CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION... 1 1.1 F ... 1 EATURES 1.2 H ARDWARE NTRODUCTION Front Panel ... 2 Rear Panel ... 4 1.3 S OFTWARE NTRODUCTION CHAPTER 2. INSTALLATION ... 7 1. I SCSI NSTALL THE 2. C ONNECT THE SCANNER TO YOUR COMPUTER EST THE SCANNER 4.
  • Page 8 Eject button... 23 Zoom button... 23 Preview button... 23 Scan button... 23 Exit button ... 23 ... 24 UTTONS Film Type button ... 24 Flip button... 24 Rotate button ... 25 Mirror button ... 25 Crop button ... 25 Color Enhancement Tools button ... 26 Invert button...
  • Page 9 English ... 60 RODUCT PECIFICATION MiraPhoto Quick Reference Map Menu Bar Image Thumbnail Area Tool Buttons page 16 page 20 page 23 Combo Boxes page 20 Film Selection Area page 22 Control Buttons Preview Area page 23 page 39...
  • Page 10 English <Memo>...
  • Page 11: Chapter 1. Introduction

    1.1 Features Congratulations on your purchase of the ScanWit film scanner! The ScanWit film scanner is the utmost cost-effective solution for film scanning. Its high capability is bound to boost your scan job efficiency significantly. It is equipped with the following unique features:...
  • Page 12: 1.2 Hardware Introduction

    Friendly and Smart Driver MiraPhoto is the driver for your ScanWit film scanner. Its easy and instinctive interface design allows you to proceed with your scanning job quickly. You can also use it to adjust the scanning parameters efficiently. Its powerful functions can help you to optimize the scanned image for your specific purpose.
  • Page 13: Led Indicators

    READY: When the film scanner is powered on and ready to scan, this LED indicator will remain on, indicating that you can start to scan. Holder insertion slot You can insert the filmstrip/slide holder through this slot for scanning.
  • Page 14: Rear Panel

    Ventilation holes These holes are used to ventilate the heat from inside of the film scanner. Do not block these holes when the film scanner is in use. SCSI ID selector You can use the SCSI ID selector to select the SCSI ID of your film scanner.
  • Page 15 This is a 25-pin SCSI connector. Use this connector to connect other SCSI devices from the film scanner. Note: when you position the ScanWit film scanner, be sure to leave the space illustrated below to ensure that the film/slide holder moves into/out of the film scanner without being blocked by any object.
  • Page 16: 1.3 Software Introduction

    English 1.3 Software Introduction MiraPhoto is the driver program for your scanner. It is TWAIN compliant and designed to be user-friendly. With its iconlized user- interface and fully logical task-flow design, you can complete a satisfactory scanning job with only a few mouse clicks. With MiraPhoto, you can: Preview, scan and import the scanned image into your image editing software.
  • Page 17: Chapter 2. Installation

    Chapter 2. Installation Please follow the steps below to set up your ScanWit film scanner: Step 1. Install the SCSI interface card Power off your computer and disconnect the computer power from the power outlet. Open the computer cover and locate the PCI slot of your computer.
  • Page 18: Step 3 Test The Scanner

    Step 3 Test the scanner Turn the scanner power on by depressing the power button on the front panel of the scanner. You may notice that the scanner will start to perform a self-test, and the LED indicators will blink for a few seconds.
  • Page 19: Chapter 3. Making Your First Scan

    Step 1. Test the scanner Turn on the power of your film scanner, then your computer. Wait until the scanner completes its self-test. You can judge the status of the film scanner from the LED indicators. Once the READY LED indicator stops flashing, the film scanner is ready to scan.
  • Page 20 English Place the filmstrip on the filmstrip holder with the emulsion side facing Close the cover and push the “PUSH CLOSE” mark at the middle of the cover. You will hear a click when the cover is secured. Insert the filmstrip holder into the holder insertion slot.
  • Page 21 English If you want to scan slides: You can use the slide holder (the holder with 4 rectangular lattices and a SLIDE mark) to place your slide. Slide holder Pull the handle on the cover to open the cover. Then place the slide on the slide holder with the emulsion side face up.
  • Page 22: Step 3. Scan

    Close the cover and push the “PUSH CLOSE” mark and the middle of the cover. You will hear a click when the cover is secured. Insert the slide holder into the holder insertion slot. Step 3. Scan Now you can either push the SCAN button to activate automatic preview, or manually open an image editing software to activate MiraPhoto and do the preview:...
  • Page 23: Step 4. Edit

    To use SCAN button: Push the SCAN button on the film scanner front panel. A dialogue box will pop up on the screen asking you to choose an image editing software to use. Choose the application you want to use and then click Note: if you have only one image editing software installed in your computer, this dialogue box will be skipped.
  • Page 24 English <Memo>...
  • Page 25: Chapter 4. Using Miraphoto

    Chapter 4. Using MiraPhoto You can access MiraPhoto through your image editing applications. When you click “Acquire” or “Scan” in your application, the MiraPhoto main screen will appear: Menu Bar Combo Boxes Film Selection Area Control Buttons The following sections in this chapter will describe MiraPhoto in more detail.
  • Page 26: Menu Bar

    Menu Bar File submenu Load Config… Load the configuration file you created. When the configuration file is loaded successfully, MiraPhoto will apply the settings recorded in the configuration file automatically. Save Config… Save current MiraPhoto settings to the configuration file Save Config As…...
  • Page 27: Settings Submenu

    Settings submenu Scan Size… When you choose this item, the following dialog box will appear: There are two selectable items: Max. Area and Custom. Choosing Max. Area, MiraPhoto will scan the full range of the image. If you choose Custom, you can enter the size you want into the Width (max.: 0.94 inches) and Height (max.: 1.38 inches) text boxes.
  • Page 28: Monitor Gamma

    English Monitor Gamma Generally, a monitor cannot display the real colors of an image in the real world. In order to have the monitor approximate the colors as close as possible, you may need to adjust the monitor gamma. Adjustment of the monitor gamma can make the monitor approximate the colors of the original image more closely.
  • Page 29: Film Type

    Film Type Choosing this item, the following dialog box will appear: If you do not know the type of your film or if your film type is not listed, select Generic from the drop-down list. When the selection is done, click OK to confirm or Cancel to abort. Auto Preview If this item is checked, MiraPhoto will perform the preview operation automatically each time it is invoked.
  • Page 30: Image Thumbnail Area

    Image Thumbnail Area The Image Thumbnail Area displays thumbnail images of each previewed scan. Click on the thumbnail image and the image will be displayed in the Preview Area. You can select the image you want to scan by clicking the red dot at the upper right corner of the thumbnail.
  • Page 31: Resolution Box

    Resolution box Resolution is used to decide how delicate the scanner captures the original image. When the original is scanned and turned into a digital image, the scanner captures and records the image in terms of pixels. As more pixels are used to record an image, more details in the image can be represented.
  • Page 32: Scan Mode Box

    Frame You can click the number of the frame you want to scan. You can select multiple frames and the film scanner will scan all the images you selected. MiraPhoto will display the frame(s) selected in green. Click to select all the images in the Image Thumbnail Area for scanning.
  • Page 33: Control Buttons

    Control Buttons Eject button Click this button to eject the filmstrip/slide holder from the film scanner. Zoom button Click this button to zoom in on the image. Preview button Click this button to begin previewing the image. Preview proceeds in color or in monochrome depending on the setting in the Image Type combo box.
  • Page 34: Tool Buttons

    Tool Buttons Tool Buttons provide a full range of tools and image effect options to optimize the scan quality. Film Type button When this button is clicked, the Film Type dialog box will appear: If you do not know the type of your film or if your film type is not listed, select Generic from the drop-down list.
  • Page 35: Rotate Button

    English Rotate button Click this button to rotate the image 90 degrees clockwise. You can click this button several times to get the image orientation you want. Mirror button Click this button to get a mirror reflection effect on the original as if you were viewing the image in a mirror: Original image Image after Mirror is applied...
  • Page 36: Color Enhancement Tools Button

    English Color Enhancement Tools button Click this button to activate the Tool Bar which contains the buttons for the following tools: Invert button Click this button to get an inverted image: Original image Image after Invert is applied...
  • Page 37: Brightness/contrast Button

    Brightness/Contrast button Click this button to bring up the Brightness/Contrast Dialog box: Brightness control You can drag the triangle below the bar to increase/decrease the overall brightness of the image, or click on the Auto button to let MiraPhoto adjust the brightness automatically. Contrast control You can drag the triangle below the bar to increase/decrease the overall contrast of the...
  • Page 38: Color Balance Button

    Color Balance button Click this button to evoke the Color Balance dialog box: To adjust the color balance, you will want to first select the channel you want to adjust, then drag the triangles under the three color bars. In addition, you can also enter the desired values directly into the three entry boxes to the right of the color bars to adjust the color balance.
  • Page 39: Color Adjustment Button

    Color Adjustment button Click this button, and the Color Adjustment dialog box will appear: The Color Adjustment tool uses three control items: Hue, Saturation and Lightness. Hue is a characteristic that distinguishes one color from another, while Saturation decides the intensity of a color.
  • Page 40 Entry Box While you drag within the Color Wheel to choose the hue and saturation of color or drag the triangle below the Lightness Bar to specify the lightness of color, the related information will also be shown in the Entry Boxes.
  • Page 41: Curve Button

    Curve button The Curve tool is used to adjust the brightness properties of midtone pixels in an image. The following dialogue box will appear after you click this button: Below component in the dialog box and how to use the Curve tool to adjust an image: Color Channel box Use this box to select the color channel to be adjusted.
  • Page 42 The original image and its Tonal Map. The curve is straight and diagnal. You can also click the curve to add new points and further change the shape of the curve: Click to add a new point. Input/Output Status Area You can read the precise input/output value here.
  • Page 43: Level Button

    Level button Clicking on the Level button, and the Level dialog box will appear: Color Channel box Use this box to select the color channel to be adjusted. This allows you to adjust the histogram property of each color channel respectively. Histogram The Histogram displays the distributing status of dark and bright pixels in an image.
  • Page 44 Brighter images have brighter pixels, therefore the bars in the right are higher than that in the left. In addition, if we take a look at the two images below: Image 1 We notice that in Image 1, there is higher contrast between the brighter and darker part of the image;...
  • Page 45 With the information from the histogram, we will be better able to adjust an image with the histogram tools. Below the Histogram, there are three tiny triangles: Shadow Threshold By dragging these triangles, you can adjust the brightness and contrast of an image precisely. For example, if you drag the Shadow Threshold triangle to the right, the pixels with lower brightness level than the Shadow Threshold will be cut into black, which makes the image look darker.
  • Page 46 If the Input Level is set as 20 to 230, then you may represent a total of 210 (230 minus 20) color levels in the image. If you set the Output Level as 10 to 250, you can “expand” the original 210 levels of color to 240 levels (250 minus 10).
  • Page 47: Filter Button

    Filter button This function allows you to sharpen or blur the image. You can choose from the list: No filter, Sharpen, Sharpen more, Blur, Blur more and Unsharp Mask. If you want the edge of the image to be sharper, i.e., in a higher contrast against the background, select sharpen or sharpen more.
  • Page 48: Color Wizard Button

    Color Wizard button The Color Wizard button offers two quick and convenient tools for you to adjust the overall quality of the scanned image: Auto Density: if you choose this item, MiraPhoto will optimize the density of the image automatically. Apply all button Click on the Apply All button to apply the setting changes you make in the Tool Bar to all images.
  • Page 49: Preview Area

    Preview Area Info button The Info button is located at the lower right corner of the MiraPhoto main window. You can click this button to read the detailed information of the image you are currently working on in the JobInfo dialog box, or click on the Save as… button in the dialog box to save the information as a .txt file for future reference.
  • Page 50 English <Memo>...
  • Page 51: Chapter 5. Photo Express

    Chapter 5. Photo Express In this chapter you will be introduced to the fantastic world of Photo Express. Learn more about this bundled software and make your everyday life more interesting and colorful! Refer to Photo Express electronic User’s Manual in the software disc for more details on how to use its different features and functions.
  • Page 52: Getting Started

    English Getting Started To run Photo Express, double click the Photo Express icon on your Windows desktop or open from Windows Start Menu. When you run Photo Express, make sure that the monitor display is at a resolution of 800×600 or 1024×768 and Hi Color (15/16 bit) or True Color (24 bit) mode.
  • Page 53 Express between Photo mode and Project mode. Photo mode is where the majority of your work is done, while the Project mode lets you make greeting cards, name cards, and other fun things based on templates. Command Panel: The Command panel lists all of the available categories in Photo Express necessary for getting the most out of your creativity when working on photos.
  • Page 54: Getting Images

    Getting Images The first thing you want to do when you start Photo Express is to get the photos you want to work with into the actual program. The place you start is with Album. From here, you can do almost anything in Photo Express. All other ways of getting photos can work independently of Album, but they are also set up to let you capture or open images directly to it.
  • Page 55 To add new images to an album: Select an album. Click the File icon and browse for the folder where the images are stored. 3. When they appear in the Options panel, click the Select All button (or select images individually by holding down the Ctrl key as you click them).
  • Page 56: Working On Images

    Working on Images Adjusting Images After you have acquired an image from a scanner or digital camera, it may need some adjustments. Photo Express provides you with the perfect tool for adjusting your photos: the Transform tool. To re-align a photo: .To freely rotate a photo, select the spin wheel in the upper right or lower left corner of the photo and rotate into position.
  • Page 57 To trim your photo: To re-size your photo: Click the Trim button in the Edit: Adjust category. The Trim options will open in the Options panel. Select a Trim shape and then set the amount of Soft edge you want to soften the edges of the trimmed photo with.
  • Page 58: Sharing Images

    Sharing Images Printing Images Once you have put the finishing touches onto your photos, it is time to print them out. Photo Express contains numerous printing options, letting you output posters and name cards in addition to its regular printing duties. To print an image: You can also print album thumbnails.
  • Page 59: Saving Images

    Saving Images After work on your photo is complete, you may want to save it. In Photo Express, you can save a photo in a variety of different image file formats. Each file format has its own unique properties and characteristics. Some formats, however, are better than others for specific situations, such as saving for the Web are.
  • Page 60: Express Your Images

    Express Your Images Create Calendars One of the easiest tasks to accomplish in Photo Express is making calendars, either for your Windows desktop or for your real desktop. They are great for keeping your loved ones close, in addition to being a convenient way to keep track of important dates in style.
  • Page 61: Morphing Photos

    Morphing Photos One of Photo Express’ more novel effects extras is that of image morphing. Morphing transforms an image over time to create interesting and unique “warps” of the original photo. Image morphs are output as either image sequences or animated GIF files. To morph an image: Note: you can output image morphs as either an image sequence or GIF animations.
  • Page 62: Working In Project Mode

    Working in Project Mode The Project mode gives you a focused environment in which to create custom greeting cards, calendars, invitations, birthday and anniversary cards, name cards, and planners. The Project mode is useful for getting through a “project” as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is where Photo Express lives up to its name, speeding you through all the necessary tasks while keeping all the unnecessary or extraneous components secure in the background.
  • Page 63: Working With Templates

    Working with Templates Photo Express’ unique templates can be edited and customized to suit your own needs. Templates consist of multiple components, usually a combination of text and photos with a decoration or two perhaps thrown in. To change any one of these components, simply select it and choose the appropriate tools from the Toolbar.
  • Page 64: Adding Decoration

    Adding Decoration One category of tools on the Edit menu in Project mode is unique to that tab: Decoration. These are special, object-based effects such as Frames, Edges and Props you can use to enhance photo objects in a project. To add special edge effects to a photo object: To add frame to a photo object: Select a photo object.
  • Page 65: Printing Templates

    Printing Templates As with Photo mode, Project mode lets you print your work when you’re finished with it. The same options available in Photo mode apply in Project mode as well. For more on printing, see Printing Images and the online help.
  • Page 66: Sharing Templates

    Sharing Templates Sharing templates works exactly the same way as sharing photos in Photo mode. You can print, e-mail, fax, or output them to web pages. For more on these tools, see the online help and related documents. To e-mail a template: To fax a template: To output a template as a Web page: Click the Share: E-mail button on the...
  • Page 67: Chapter 6. Troubleshooting And Faq

    6.1.3 SCSI Connection Guideline ScanWit film scanner uses a SCSI interface to connect to your computer and other SCSI devices. Depending upon the configuration you use, there will be certain guidelines to follow in order to ensure the proper function of...
  • Page 68: 6.2 Faq

    If you find that your ScanWit film scanner uses the same SCSI ID number with another SCSI device, you must either change the SCSI ID number of your scanner or that of the other SCSI device. To change the SCSI ID number of your ScanWit film scanner: 1.
  • Page 69: Chapter 7. Service Information

    Taiwan: FAEIMG@acerperipherals.com.tw USA: APAWeb@apa.acer.com Europe: support@acerperipherals.nl For free driver updates, product information and news release, please visit the following web addresses: http://www.acerperipherals.com.tw (Taiwan)
  • Page 70: Appendix

    Interface Platform Power Consumption Net Weight Dimension Film scanner with color-CCD optical module Color - 3 s Color - less than 10 ms / line - less than 38 s/ 35mm film, 2700 dpi Color - 3s for 35mm film...

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