Umax launched a new breed of consumer FireWire scanners at MacworldExpo, New York, the Astra 6400 and 6450.

The scanners carry four on-board scan controls, including Scan, Copy, Custom (Fax/OCR or email) and Power Saving buttons.

Umax claims the 6400 creates A4 pre-scans in nine seconds, and offers up to a 600-x-1,200dpi resolution, and a maximum scan size of 216-x-297 mm. It needs Mac OS 8.5 or later, and weighs 3.75kg.

The 6450 offers 42-bit colour scanning, weighs 4.45 kg and comes with a transparency adaptor.

The 6400 and 6450 come with VistaScan Driver, Presto! Page Manager, Caere OmniPage LE OCR, Adobe PhotoShop LE and Adobe Acrobat Reader software, and cost £170 and £212 respectively. The products are distributed by IMC.