Epson (800/463-7766, http://www.epson.com ) and Umax (800/562-0311, http://www.umax.com ) have announced FireWire scanners. Epson's Expression 1600 is available in a Pro FireWire configuration. The scanner features 1,600-dpi true resolution and retails for $1,399. Umax's dedicated FireWire PowerLook 1100 has 1,200-by-2,400-dpi resolution and is available with various software bundles starting at $999.And the Beat Goes On
Beatware (650/556-7900, http://www.beatware.com ) has announced e-Picture 2.0, an update to its Web animation program. This version features advanced animation effects and can export to QuickTime, Flash, and SVG formats. The program ships at the end of the March and sells for $179. An upgrade costs $49.Giga-Size Storage
Pushing gigabyte technology further along, LaCie (816/483-0755, http://www.lacie.com ) has announced the revamped PocketDrive line of hard drives. The new PocketDrives are the first peripherals that offer both USB and FireWire support. Available in 6GB and 18GB capacities, they measure only 3.5 by 5.75 inches and weigh less than a pound. They should be available in February for around $399 for the 6GB drive and $749 for the 18GB drive.
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