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FLAAR has selected the Cruse scanner-photographic system. FLAAR has been looking for an overhead reprographic digital photography system to scan large objects that won't fit on top of an ordinary flatbed scanner.

The ZBE Satellite looked nice when we first saw it, but it's not been shown at recent trade shows. The Colex system uses a scan back that does not seem to be adequate supported in the USA. After a three year search at trade shows in Germany and throughout the USA, and after checking with people that already had the ZBE, we decided the Cruse offered abundant advantages. There are just some things in life where it is not worth saving a few dollars just to get a lower price. A job worth doing is worth doing well. Why scan something important only to find out there was a better more accurate Cruse system that you could have used. All too often in my years as a typical low-budget student I tried to squeek by with low-bid equipment.

It took a while, but experience has taught me that better equipment makes a tremendous difference in the final project. If you intend to enlarge an image on a 72" wide ColorSpan DisplayMaker XII, then you need an excellent digital image to begin with.


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Installing the Cruse Scanner at Bowling Green State University


The model shown here is one of many. We prefer both kinds of lighting, the patented synchron lighting (shown here). But when we are photographing textiles or fossils, we would like to have side-lighting that is elevated above the plane of focus, to provide a light-and-shadow situation. We also like the option with vacuum system to keep the paintings or other flatwork really flat.

As soon as the Cruse scanner system is installed we will offer workshops here in Ohio for those who might wish a test drive.

Contact: Mike Lind, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (for years the sales and installation outlet for this company) and/or Mike Lind (managing director of USA office of Cruse GmbH of Germany).

If you want details on digital photography and marketing statistics, and especially if you wish to meet the movers and shakers in this industry, be sure to check out the Photographic Quality Digital Printing Conference organized by IMI. If you really want technical details on inkjet media, inks, and/or inkjet printhead technology, and especially if you wish to meet the movers and shakers in this industry, be sure to sign up for the next conference organized by IMI. Their web site is, contact is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . These seminars are outstanding; the senior review editor of FLAAR usually attends because he can get so much fresh information for the readers of the FLAAR Reports in PDF format and the FLAAR Information Network of web sites.




Cruse reprographic scanner, the most accurate digital camera for recording fine art or actually any object under 4 inches in depth, at dimensions of 36 x 48 and above (many larger models available).
Here we see the Cruse synchron table model in the FLAAR area of Siggraph tradeshow '03 (Guerilla Studio).

The reason Dr Hellmuth recommends this brand of reprographic digital camera is because he has personal experience using it. FLAAR has a larger and different model at Bowling Green State University. For scanning fine art paintings to reproduce as giclée, for scanning textiles (or maps, old photos, books), this is an indispensable partner.



Last checked Jan. 15, 2003,
Previous updates June 23, 2001

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