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Fujitsu is helping to create a digital archive of pre-1900 watercolours

PFU (EMEA) Limited, a Fujitsu company, is partnering with The Watercolour World in the creation of a geographically indexed and fully searchable library of watercolours, many of which have been digitised using the company’s ScanSnap SV600 contactless scanner.

The Watercolour World was founded with the objective of digitising and collating documentary watercolours made before 1900 and making them available via the charity’s website. To date, the online, free-to-access archive has scanned in the region of 80,000 watercolours, providing a valuable documentary resource for the scientific community and the wider public.

The ScanSnap SV600 is particularly well suited to the task of image capture: it is able to scan through glass, so paintings don’t have to be removed from their frames, saving time and avoiding the risk of damage; its light range is powerful enough to capture images in high detail, but not so strong that it will harm delicate paint; and it is highly portable and easy for digitisation teams to take to collections, galleries and homes around the world.

Key features include:

One-button overhead scanning of bound material and flat documents

A3 scan in less than 3 seconds

CCD optic with fast LED illumination within safe limits for paints/inks

Book curve image-flattening technology

Erase finger from image function

Auto crop, de-skew and rotation features

Auto page-turn detection sensor

Timed interval scanning mode for manual batch scanning

USB 2.0 connectivity

Searchable PDF, PDF and JPEG creation

Single scan multiple document cropping function.

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