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.
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.
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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