Metis EDS Alpha is an innovative A3 & A2 planetary book scanner. EDS (Easy Digital Scanner) is a line of professional book scanners that has been created by Metis to offer superior image quality, ergonomics, ease of use and high productivity in a unique integrated solution. Metis EDS Alpha planetary scanner is the first of its kind in the EDS family. Metis EDS Alpha book scanners are used by libraries, archives, universities, museums, municipalities, local governments and other organizations to scan and digitize books, maps, drawings, and a variety of other valuable originals & cultural heritage materials.

Metis EDS Alpha planetary desktop scanner integrates a V-table design, supported by sophisticated software tools, that allows operators to gently hold the originals in any possible position / at any angle (even antique books with limited opening angle). The V-table design also allows for scanning of large books, maps, drawings and other originals even larger than A2 format and up to 15 cm thick. With the Metis EDS Alpha book scanner it is also possible to customize scan area size and optical resolution. Furthermore, thanks to the Metis exclusive “shape recognition” and “curvature correction” technology integrated into the EDS software, document shape is detected in real time and the captured digital image is automatically deskewed in a fraction of a second. In addition, an LCD sreen, touch screen or an all-in-one PC can be integrated directly into the EDS system through a standard VESA 75/100 mount. Last but not least, the Metis EDS Alpha book scanner integrates 2 USB hubs allowing for simplified connections (e.g. for a foot pedal, keyboard / mouse, external HD). A USB foot pedal allows operators to scan / capture images hands-free.

Among the main characteristics of the Metis EDS Alpha Planetary Book Scanner are:

  • Maximum scan size & resolution can vary according to user needs thanks to the integrated zoom optics; this makes it possible to capture top quality originals up to A2 and up to 600 ppi
  • Unique V-table solution with automatic shape recognition, deskew and curvature correction features
  • Unrivalled image quality that is far beyond any other similar solution
  • Extremely rapid acquisition / capture / scan time (about 30 full scans per minute)
  • Comprehensive METIS EDS acquisition / capture software with many powerful and useful tools & features
  • Extremely easy to use thanks to the EDS software’s user-friendly “icon-based” interface (which also supports touch screens)
  • Optional lighting kit
Specifications Description
Scan Area Maximum acquisition / scan area higher than the A2 format (A2 =594 mm x 420 mm)
Supported DSLR Digital Cameras
(CMOS colour)
Nikon D5300 / Canon 750D 24 MegaPixels
Canon 700D / 600D / 550D 18 MegaPixels
Acquisition Colour Depth Acquisition colour depth of 14 bit per channel (3 x 14 bit), integrated sensors for real-time reading of exposure, colour temperature & automatic focus
Zoom Optics Integrated zoom optics with motorized focus
Several optics are supported by the EDS software
Adjustable Resolution Adjustable optical resolution from about 242 ppi to about 600 ppi (Nikon D5300 with standard lens) :
~254 mm x 169 mm at 600 ppi (A5 – A4)
~381 mm x 254 mm at 400 ppi (A4 – A3)
~508 mm x 339 mm at 300 ppi (A2 – A3)
~630 mm x 420 mm at 242 ppi (A2 +)
Adjustable output resolution
Adjustable Working Area V-table consisting of two tiltable & shiftable fully independent plates, which can be easily adapted to different needs and perfectly accommodate even difficult originals, such as old & fragile books with limited opening angle
Scan Time Acquisition / scan time < 1 second; full cycle time, between one acquisition and the next one, including acquisition, processing and saving: ~ 2 seconds. Parallel image processing & saving do not affect the acquisition / scan time; thanks to powerful algorithms, processing & saving time is usually extremely fast and is completed in < 1 second.
Lighting System Optional lighting kit available

Download the complete Metis EDS Alpha Planetary Book Scanner Specifications here.


Metis EDS Alpha Planetary Book Scanner

Key Metis EDS Alpha Planetary Book Scanner Features

  • A3 / A2 formats; possibility to scan larger than A2
  • Innovative V-table design with tiltable & shiftable plates
  • Automatic shape recognition & curvature correction
  • Possibility to integrate LCD screen / touch screen / PC
  • 2 integrated USB hubs (for foot pedal, mouse / keyboard, external HD)
  • Adjustable optical & output resolution
  • Sophisticated EDS software

Metis EDS Software

  • Colour, grayscale or black/white 1bit
  • Automatic or manual exposure control
  • Automatic or manual focus control
  • Automatic or manual depth of focus control
  • Automatic or manual gray balance control (light colour temperature compensation)
  • Software control of image exposure & contrast
  • Manual & automatic crop
  • Automatic deskew & curvature correction
  • Light uniformity correction filter
  • Automatic book centre & shape recognition
  • Automatic book page split with user definable overlap
  • User definable image orientation
  • Automatic finger recognition & removal filter
  • Unsharp masking filter
  • “Live Video” function = real-time control of scanning area; useful to maximize image quality & to perfectly position originals
  • Image review & navigator tools with full resolution image viewer
  • Add / remove / insert shot button
  • Automatic image naming with user selectable rules (manual naming, programmable increments, etc.)
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Image saving in TIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, BMP, PNG, PDF, PDF-A, PDF Multipage, TIFF Multipage, TIFFG4 1bit
  • Automatic job handling with full image &shooting parameters save & re-use.

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