Microtek is shipping the ScanMaker 3800 scanner.

The scanner uses Microtek’s 48-bit colour to capture over 281-trillion colours for saturated images, and preserves detail in highlight and shadow areas, according to the company. The 3800 has a resolution of 600-x-1,200dpi.

Equipped with a built-in OCR (optical character recognition) facility, the ScanMaker 3800 automatically scans and saves a printed document to an editable-text format in Microsoft Word or as a PDF (Portable Document Format).

Net sharing Scan-to-Web is an additional feature that shares photographs and uploads them to the Web.

The 3800's built-in 16-bit ADC (Analogue to Digital Converter) converts originals into digital images. It also includes a batch-scanning function.

The ScanMaker 3800 is bundled with Adobe Photoshop LE image-editing software and Abbyy FineReader OCR software.

Also bundled is Trellix Web, which helps users generate their own Web site, and Ulead PhotoExplorer, which presents and shares images over the Web. The scanner will ship in November for £68.