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ZDNet: Mentalix imaging software gets the picture for Linux users

Sep 15, 2001, 04:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill O'Brien)

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"Imaging professionals have pretty straightforward technology requirements: A fast CPU, graphics card, and hard drive are essential--coupled with competent and efficient graphics software. Mentalix's Pixel!FX Deluxe suite of graphics handlers for the Linux platform neatly fills the latter requirement for the imaging professional.

Pixel!FX Deluxe is actually a collection of Mentalix's Pixel!FX software products running in X-Windows. The $4,350 package includes the basics required to scan, edit, and view images as well as the additional software components needed for optical character recognition (OCR), managing an image database, compressing and decompressing image files, and printing. A 30-day trial of the 10MB downloadable file is $50. A disc and documentation is available for $100. (The evaluation fee is discounted from the purchase price.)

To download and install the software--normally a mundane task--Mentalix requires users to supply quite a bit of information. Before you can start the download, you must supply your name, phone number, e-mail address, your computer's host name, and its unique ID. (There's a link included on the on-screen form that details how to get the machine ID.) Mentalix keys the software to your specific machine, so that the download and password files will not work on a different system."

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