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PRESS RELEASE

August 15, 1999

Plustek Ships new generation of Four-in-One Multi-Imaging USB Flatbed Scanner with Easy Touch Buttons and USB: OpticPro UT12 Scans 35mm Negatives/Slides , Documents and Images for MSRP: $199

Livermore, CA Plustek Inc., today announced the release of the OpticPro UT12, their new generation of multi-imaging slim flatbed CCD scanner. Based on the award winning Optic Pro 9636T, which received multiple editors choice including PC World and PC Computing, the UT12 has evolved with the new slimmer design that can attract the most savvy computer buyers. In addition to scanning up to letter size images and documents, the UT12 can scan both standard 35mm slides and negatives.

To make scanning easy for the PC novice, Plustek added 4 one-touch "Quick Action" buttons for quick scanning, copying, faxing, and OCR text converting. Each button launches the proper application for the user. With its low retail price of $179, the UT12 is well suited for users seeking a scanner that offers greater versatility than standard flatbeds.

The UT12 features a CCD image sensor, 36-bit color depth and an optical resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi (9600 dpi maximum). Full versions of Micrografx PicturePublisher , Adobe Photo Deluxe 2.0 and Xerox TextBridge are included. The UT12 ships to major retail locations October 1, 1999.

"The combination of a full-page USB scanner with an integrated film adapter for under $149 is too good of a value to pass on" said Flavio Lago, Senior Product Manager for Plustek USA, Inc. "The UT12 is a cleverly designed scanner that allows user to scan from different sources other than just photos. And most of all, it allows new computer users to take advantage of its ease of use with the new Quick Action buttons."

The UT12 offers more functions than previously available with scanners targeted to the home. With the trend in new affordable photo-quality printers, the UT12 allows users to easily create their own photographs from 35mm slides or negatives.

The UT12 also includes Plusteks own Action Manager 32 program. Action Manager 32 allows users to easily do a variety of faxing, copying or scanning activities.

The OpticPro UT12 features a USB port design that offers an easy installation and ensures that no BIOS configuring is necessary. The OpticPro UT12 scans images with a single pass and uses a cold cathode lamp for long bulb life and accurate tonal reproduction. The OpticPro UT12 is fully TWAIN compliant and runs on Windows 98 operating systems.

For more information, contact Plustek at 1-800-685-8088, or visit their website at www.plustek.com.

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