Product Watch

Latest LaserJet

Is there still a place for monochrome laser printers? Hewlett-Packard (800/752-0900, http://www.hp.com ) thinks so. The HP LaserJet 2100, which replaces the LaserJet 6P/M, offers 1,200-dpi resolution and a 10-pages-per-minute print engine in a $699 package. The LaserJet 2100M, with HP's PostScript-clone interpreter and extra RAM, costs $799. The LaserJet 2100TN, with an HP JetDirect EIO print server and an additional 250-sheet paper feeder, costs $999.

Modeler Marches On

auto-des-sys (614/488-8838, http://www.formz.com ) has released version 3.0 of Form-Z, its flagship modeling program for 3-D-graphics professionals. Added features include a customizable user interface, animation tools, and a host of new modeling functions. The base package sells for $1,495; a version with rendering capabilities costs $1,995.

XTension Trio

Gluon (212/343-1755, http://www.gluon.com ) has released three new QuarkXTensions. XPressImage lets you export QuarkXPress documents in a variety of formats, including GIF. The $149 utility can use hot folders to automate the export process. QC is a $225 quality-control tool that locates problems in text formatting, spot colors, and other document elements. Cloner XTension, priced at $129, copies an element or group of elements to any page or page range.

For Older Macs

Looking to resurrect that old Mac Quadra or Centris? Sonnet Technologies (949/261-2800, http://www.sonnettech.com ) has announced the Presto PPC, a $399 upgrade card that features a 100MHz PowerPC 601 and a 1MB L2 cache. Sonnet is also shipping G3 upgrades for the Power Mac 5400, 5500, 6400, 6500, and other "upgrade-challenged" Mac systems; prices range from $399 to $599.

Slide to Your Mac

The new SprintScan 4000, from Polaroid (800/816-2611, http://www.polaroid.com ), scans 35mm slides, filmstrips, and Advanced Photo System film at 4,000 dpi. The scanner, with a street price of about $2,000, can capture a slide at full resolution in less than a minute. Scheduled to ship in March, it's bundled with PolaColor Insight Pro scanning software and Adobe PhotoDeluxe.

New Homes?

Don't be surprised to see some familiar Mac products in unfamiliar territory. Iomega (801/778-1000, http://www.iomega.com ) announced that it has acquired the assets of SyQuest Technology, which declared bankruptcy this past November. SyQuest products include the SyJet and Sparq removable-media drives; Iomega has not announced its plans for the storage devices. . . . CalComp, developer of the Creation Station graphics tablets and CrystalJet large-format printers, has ceased operation and is seeking a buyer for its products.–Edited by Michael Gowan

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