I posted this on the Paperless Zone blog back in February 2005. . . Enjoy!
Red is the new green. . . This sounds like something you would read in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Color scanning/imaging is in a growth explosion. Remember back in the 90's when HP introduced the color ink jet printer? "Why do I need a color printer?!?!?! Black and white is just fine!" Now everybody and their mama has a color printer - inkjet and laser. This will date me but I remember the TV my parents had when I was growing up. It was a black and White Zenith that required almost two minutes to warm up before you could see a picture. Now it's a 42" wide screen with high definition cable!What are the challenges of color scanning? Economical speed of conversion and file size management. Simply put, it's costs a lot of money to quickly scan and convert color images and the file sizes produced are just too large. Manufacturers are responding to these challenges. . . Fujitsu introduced the fi-5750c scanner in 2003 which scans color letter size document at 57 pages per minute at 300 dpi. This machine is a color screamer and the price point is reasonable. Software manufactures are responding as well. LizardTech has developed DjVu which is an aggressive file compression application. DjVu can compress color file images several hundred times greater than standard color compression schemes (i.e jpeg) while maintaining high image quality.Still not convinced? We're human, we see in color, we are attracted to color. We live our lives in color. Black and White (bitonal) scanning is not going away but will be sharing the server with more color scanned images. Photos, scrapbook pages, archival maps, technical manuals - these are all color media that will be imaged and need to be imaged in color to maintain the intent of the original document.Color scanning is here to stay. Remember, red is the new green. . .