You can share printers, disks, or modems over a network fairly simply. But until now, scanners have been a challenge. The $895 NetScan from Kofax Image Products (714 727-1733) can make your Hewlett-Packard ScanJet available to everyone on a Novell NetWare network. How does it work? A person logs into the NetScan, then enters a code number (usually a phone extension) for the recipient. The document is scanned, then dispatched via Lotus cc:Mail or Microsoft Mail. I found that while the system did a good job on documents, it was less satisfactory on pictures, with contrasts too sharp. Kofax is developing a version of the product for Windows NT networks.
By STEPHEN H. WILDSTROM
Updated June 15, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.