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Chapter 7. Peripherals > Scanners and Tablets

Scanners and Tablets

Scanners are devices that convert images—typically photographs or other artwork—into digital form so they can be stored and manipulated by computers. When used in conjunction with OCR (optical character recognition) software, they can also convert a page of text into an editable document on your computer.

Mac-compatible scanners range in price from less than a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. The ones less than $1,000 are great for jobs that don't require precise detail or color reproduction, but they can't compete with high-end equipment when it comes to demanding jobs such as color photographs in slick publications.


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