SmartWorks Pro software – One Interface, Three Applications

SmartWorks Pro Using a Mouse or Touch Screen enabled displays, the intuitive Graphical User Interface guides you quickly through the Scan-once workflow, making rapid changes to the image quality if required.  SmartWorks Pro is a software cost option and available in different 3 variants:

  • Scan – scan only
  • Copier – copying only
  • Scan & Copy – scan to file and copy simultaneously

NEW Crop copy, a neat new feature to reproduce the image but not the original’s printer borders

Ever been frustrated that the copy sometimes needs a wider roll in the printer than the original CAD print used or if you don’t use wider paper you run the risk of losing part of the copy?  Well now you can copy drawings that almost cover the sheet  without worrying about losing data.  Crop copy allows the SmartWorks Pro user to remove  digital margin information from the printed image without affecting the scan.  The result is a copy where the image scale is preserved as well as the paper size.

Internal driver for EPSON SureColor range of printers

This version now includes internal driver support for the Epson SC printer range.  Internal drivers permit the operator to achieve shorter first-copy-output-times (FCOT) and greater reliability over image placement, scale and orientation than the manufacturer’s Window drivers.

SmartWorks Pro Open PDF

SmartWorks Pro v1412 now opens its own scans made to PDF format allowing these files to be checked or optionally re-saved into other file formats.  This is especially useful since Adobe Acrobat does not usually support the viewing of PDF files above 200 inches in length.

Scan to AutoCAD DWF format

SmartWorks Pro now allows the user to save any scan to the popular AutoCAD Design Review or .DWF format widely used for mark-up and annotation of drawings and plans by architects and engineers.  DWF images can be viewed, annotated or measured and freely exchanged with other users of the software.  AutoCAD Design Review is freely downloadable from Autodesk.   SmartWorks Pro DWF files contain raster data only.

Intuitive Graphical User Interface

The intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) can be operated through either Mouse or Touch Screen enabled displays, providing simple working or rapid access to the wide range of new Full Color and Image Quality Editing features.

Superior Productivity with Scan-Once Workflow

With SmartWorks Pro, we believe the Scan-Once Workflow sets us apart by allowing any number of adjustments to be made in real-time after scanning the image file which is then updated and saved without any additional scanning or operator intervention. This reduces the amount of time incurred storing and retrieving the data file, re-scanning to review changes made or refreshing the screen content. Scan-Once also limits the opportunity for potential damage to the original document, especially if the document is fragile and/or valuable.

Automate using 10 Preset Filters

Let SmartWorks Pro enhance your productivity by using one of the 10 ALL NEW PRESET FILTERS. Completely overhauled in this version the new presets allow operators to have full control over the file format type of the scan file.  Automatic naming of the file according to the preset selected also helps users to identify files after scanning.  Simply pick the preset closest to your requirement and then modify during the scan to create your own optimised version. Designed to help the unfamiliar scanner operator get the best result from many different types of original documents preset filters can be used when scanning or copying.

Simplify Large Archive Jobs

Let SmartWorks Pro help you manage the scanned images by using the SmartWorks Pro Multi Page Document Manager, it allows the operator to combine large and differing scan file types into a single TIFF or PDF file. Creating a multi-page document outside of the scanning process has several advantages:

  • Allows operator freedom to edit and quality check each scan
  • Works with large or small files without slowing down the scanning process
  • Allows jpeg, png, pdf (raster) and tiff, monochrome and color files, physically large and physically small files all to be built into one self-contained file
  • Allows very long pdf documents to be constructed
  • Copes with interrupted scan flow without affecting or corrupting the whole file
  • Does not require an especially powerful computer since Multi Page Document creation takes place outside of the scanning workflow
  • Add new images without rescanning all the internal documents again
  • Accepts JPEG, PNG, PDF (raster) and TIFF images from external sources

Files can be selected and re-ordered as necessary before saving to a multi-page TIFF or PDF document. To view your PDF multi-page documents you will need Adobe Acrobat or similar. View your TIFF multi-page documents in an application which can open multiple page TIFF files such as Windows PhotoViewer. You may also increase the throughput of your scanned documents by using the advanced Auto Size feature that automatically sets the parameters of the scan to suit the size of original document. Also use the Auto Detect Document – starts the scan automatically allowing the operator to concentrate on the staging of the document and preparing subsequent materials for feeding. Use the Auto Name feature where the operator can define the basic file name and SmartWorks Pro appends the relevant scan number to the file name for each subsequent document scanned. It can also be set to provide an Automatic Time Stamp to each file and also includes options that control over-writing of the file. These combined features allow the operator to scan multiple sheets simply by continually feeding the scanner with new documents.

Improve Scan Quality

The main issues relating to the quality of scan are directly related to the quality of the original document. If the original is perfect, then the scan or copy will also be good. Unfortunately many originals are not perfect and many have feint hand-written annotations or are just plain worn out. This is the point where SmartWorks Pro can really help. For a pure monochrome scan file, the image needs to be small for storage, even when it has to come from a discoloured drawing, a blueprint or a damaged or badly stained original. Bi-tonal Thresholding provides the easiest means of achieving this and has internal options for simple or 2D adaptive thresholding. 2D Adaptive Thresholding can remove varying background coloration with ease whereas Simple Thresholding is more efficient at converting previously copied or cleaner originals. Scan-Once allows these methods to be applied and adjusted quickly and efficiently

File Size Management

User selectable file quality controls in SmartWorks Pro allow the scanner operator to decide the file size and image quality combination they prefer for any JPEG or PDF scan.  Quality settings can be pre-set before the scan or used following any image editing operation.  The quality and file compression levels for all monochrome TIF and PDF files are pre-set to maximum and use a lossless method of image compression.

Color Management

By integrating ICC Color Management into SmartWorks Pro viewer, Colortrac has been able to provide a very accurate representation of scanned and printed output. SmartWorks Pro can attach profile information to each scanned image file (selectable), ensuring accurate color reproduction when reloading into SmartWorks Pro or displaying using other color calibrated viewers.  SmartWorks Pro can capture raw RGB, Profiled RGB, sRGB and Adobe RGB color space data from the scanner.

Printer Management

When using the SmartWorks Pro Scan & Copy or Copier versions there are several different alternatives to how the printer driver can be used. By using the standard Windows™ printer driver the output characteristics of the scanned image are defined based on the sophistication of the chosen output printer manufacturer. For some Windows printer drivers, the options for paper conservation and color profile selection can be limited. SmartWorks Pro Printer Drivers allow the user to create printer profiles specifically suited to the chosen output media and also to benefit from greater control over precise copy size and economical paper utilization. For compatibility with large CAD drafting printers TIFF files can be held in an Optional Hot Folder. With this feature all scans are automatically detected and printed by the CAD printer without the use of printer drivers. Note: CAD printer must support hot folder/RIP operation.

SmartWorks Pro software Specification

Supported Scanners The following SmartLF scanner models will work with SmartWorks Pro: Cx 40, Cx+ 40,Ci 401, Ci 241, Gx 25, Gx 42, Gx 54, Gx+ 28, Gx+ 42, Gx+ 56, SC 25, SC 36, SC 42
One interface –Three applications Scan – Scan to file only Copier – Copy to Printer only Scan & Copy – Scan to file and Copy to the printer simultaneously or Scan or Copy independently
Mouse and Touch Screen compatible Choose the style of operation that suits you. Use the Preset Filters and a touch screen for straightforward scanning or copying operations Use the mouse for more detailed re-working of the scanned image, for modifying presets or when creating multiple document files
Optimized Windows Printer Driver Support Great color, straight from the box. Use any Windows compatible printer. Integrates with any ICC profiles supplied with the Windows driver
Scan Once Edit straight from the scan, as many times as you need. No need to re-scan the document every time an adjustment is required. Reduces image process time and increases productivity
Many automatic features Auto paper size detection. Auto start scanning. Batch Scanning.  Auto Name / Date & Time stamp.  Overwrite Control options. Auto File Save. Improved Automatic Paper Deskew2
Advanced Editing Features Smooth de-skew – with unique left and right high-accuracy windows Extend Borders – quickly produce larger printed outputs from tightly cropped originals. 4-Vu - configure 4 different areas of the scan for high-speed post-scan inspection.  High Speed Viewer with auto-pan, zoom in/out, 1:1 and separate bird’s eye navigation window. 10 fully customizable Preset filters for repeatable results
Multiple Black & White Modes Grayscale – 8 bit, 256 levels of gray Bi-tonal (simple original). Adaptive Thresholding (difficult original) Fully Dithered (Photo, Line Art & Mixed). Can repair image information on old or badly copied and faded originals
Total Color Management Transform and enhance all aspects of scanned images and output. Profile scanner and printer using IT8-ICC color technology for best possible reproduction. Display images on a calibrated screen (screen calibration equipment not included). Save scans RAW or with embedded color space profiles. Create printer profiles for your own ink and paper consumables to produce the best possible color output
Functionally Adaptive User Interface Simple set-up of scan or copy for non-specialist users. Quick access to extensive editing tools for dedicated scan professionals
Fully Indexed Help File Fully translated and searchable on relevant subject matter.  Subject related help information
Supported File Formats TIFF, TIFF packed bits, TIFF LZW, TIFFG3, TIFFG4, JPEG3, JPEG20003, PDF3, PNG, BMP4, PCX4, Multiple Page Document manager for TIFF and PDF files, AutoCAD DWF5
Color Spaces RAW, RGB Profiled, sRGB and Adobe RGB
Maximum  Scan Length TIFF format  - Primary scan TIFF data (internal to program) cannot exceed 4GB approximating to 83ft (25m) @ 200dpi or 20ft (6.3m) @ 400dpi for a 34in (841mm) wide RGB scan. Narrower scan widths will yield longer scan lengths for same dpi. JPEG & PDF -  limited to 65535 dots in paper direction per scan or 4GB of primary scan data whichever occurs first.  Final scan files will be smaller than 4GB. Longer documents can be created in PDF or TIFF format as continuing separate pages in a single file using the SmartWorks Pro Create Multi Page document function
Maximum  Copy Length Manual size mode – Copy length determined by printer manufacturer. Auto size mode – Varies according to printer (usually less than manual mode)
10 Preset Filters Setup for quick selection of preferred key scanning parameters for the most common document types
Crop copy Strip unwanted printer margin from copies of inkjet printed originals.  Useful when copying images of almost total paper coverage and where copied output must be to the same size paper.  Only printer data is affected
Multi Page Document Manager Allows JPEG, TIFF, PDF(1 page) and PNG, monochrome and color files, physically large or small to be built into one self-contained PDF or TIFF file
Operating System Windows 8 (see 6), Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP operating  systems7
Notes 1. SmartLF Ci models with serial numbers beginning D2xxxxxxxx only
2. Automatic Paper Deskew is only available with SmartLF Gx+ scanners. CAN19 in the Information section describes the operational limitations of this feature
3. User-configurable image quality and file size can be set before the scan and also after any image editing. B&W pdf images use fixed compression for greater image quality. Color images use variable JPEG compression for smaller images sizes
4.
 BMP (RGB 24-Bit, sRGB, Adobe RGB and 256 color), PCX (RGB 24-bit, sRGB and Adobe RGB)
5. Compressed (user-controllable) raster scan format for CAD users
6. SmartLF Gx, Cx and Cx+40 scanners are not compatible with Windows 8
7. System Requirements (Support area) has more information on Windows XP, USB3 and typical computer hardware requirements
The scan application and the scanner maintenance program (Utilities) will not run at the same time if a scanner is connected

Features of SmartWorks Pro Product Family

Productivity:

  • Selection of ready made scanning Presets for common document types and scan colour modes.  Any Preset can be adjusted and saved to a new name
  • Users can make simple or complex adjustments instantly to the image but uniquely are able to see the desired result after only a single finished-resolution scan.  No prescan, saving of the scan or reloading of the scan is required

Printing and Copying:

  • Colortrac’s own internal printer drivers provide efficient, paper-economic printing.  Support most popular Hewlett-Packard and Canon iPF large format printers.  See supported printers page for more information
  • Scale any print precisely to the nearest mm (useful for framing etc.)
  • Optimised Windows large format printer driver support allows many of the difficult scaling, rotation and paper size configurations usually necessary for a large format print to be neatly avoided.  This is particularly useful when trying to save paper and time
  • Crop copy for users to remove scanned printer margin before final copy
  • Scan, copy or scan & copy (scan to file and copy simultaneously)

Advanced Editing:

  • Use Image Sharpen, Smooth De-skew, Extend Borders, 4-Vu (multiple preview window points) or build your own presets to automate common scan and copying adjustments.  Control the quality and size of jpeg and pdf output.  Create PDF and TIFF formatted multi-page documents from JPEG, TIFF, PDF and PNG scan files.  Re-order and combine individual scan files using the Create Multipage Document interface.  If required re-open PDF scan files for further editing / clean-up  and re-save to any supported file format.  Multi-page PDF files open at the first page only.

Special Modes:

  • Multiple black and white modes including 256, 8 bit grey scale modes, Bi-tonal, Adaptive Thresholding and Fully Dithered modes capable of electronically restoring damaged documents to ‘better than new’ condition

Color Management:

  • ICM-based screen, file and copy color management transforms and enhances all aspects of scanned images and printed output.  Works with color calibrated monitors.  Save scans with embedded RGB profiles (RGBProfiled and Adobe RGB) or create fully rendered sRGB files.  For total workflow colors fidelity switch on screen color correction and ensure your monitor is color calibrated.  Create custom media printer profiles for your own printer ink and paper combinations

Localisation:

  • Program user interface and in-program help files system in 10 searchable  languages: Chinese English/US, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish