IDEAL and Motion Computing Solutions Promote Green, Paperless Workflow within the Construction Industry

July 28, 2009

IDEAL , developer of large format document management software, including web-based subscription and enterprise solutions for architects, engineers and construction, and Motion Computing®, a leader in mobile solutions for professionals in industries including healthcare, government, and field force automation, announced today that the companies’ combined solutions promote green, paperless workflow within the construction industry.

Motion®’s enhanced line of tablet PCs and IDEAL’s patented planroom technology for viewing and distribution of large format documents will help construction companies rely more on digital documents, helping to save substantially on printing costs, conserve natural resources, and speed the communication of job-site revisions.  

IDEAL’s planroom technology will be available on a subscription basis as IDEALscanroom.com and will be available through Motion Computing’s reseller channel.   IDEALscanroom incorporates all of the familiar features of IDEAL’s planrooms, including bid management, email notifications, redlining, archiving of as-builts, and, new in Scanroom, the ability for contractors to create a revenue center, by offering permission-based chargeable digital downloads. 

“Rather than paying for printing, for the first time, contractors are empowered to charge for digital downloads,  so they not only save money on printing costs, but can also make money on the downloads,” says Jay Magenheim, president of IDEAL.  “And, because the construction drawings can be viewed prior to download, there will be less printing over-all, so trees will be saved, and the environment will be protected.   This is a win-win for all parties.”

““Combining the power of Motion Tablet PCs with tablet-optimized software solutions is the most effective way to help mobile professionals get the most value out of their mobility investments,” said Mike Stinson, VP of Marketing, Motion Computing.  “We are excited to help make IDEALscanroom available to our construction customers and are confident that they can revolutionize the way they work through the use of advanced mobile technologies.”

For more information on Motion Computing visit www.MotionComputing.com or sales@MotionComputing.comFor information on IDEALScanroom, contact sales@ideal.com.


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ScanCENTRAL® Single Foot Print Color Scan, Copy and Print Systems

November 21, 2007

ScanCENTRAL single foot print color scan, copy and print systems are IDEAL’s latest bundle offerings.  ScanCENTRAL is a great way to get all of the equipment you need for scan-to-print from one vendor at one time.  We like to say it’s the convenience of multi-function with the benefits of individual components.  ScanCENTRAL is available in three different models:  the ScanCENTRAL X44,  ScanCENTRAL X36 and ScanCENTRAL X24.  IDEAL’s adjustable stand allows users to set up ScanCENTRAL systems in a single-foot print configuration, by raising the stand and mounting the scanner over top of the printer; or, users can lower the stand to traditional height and set up the printer and the scanner side-by-side if that suits their work flow better.  Three different bundles cover a range of users needs:   

  • IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X44 is a single foot print, stand-alone, color scan to print system with high graphic reproduction capabilities that is perfect for Reprographics, Copy Shops, Imaging, GIS and anyone that needs high end graphic images. IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X44 is a computer-driven scan to print system featuring an integrated solution of hardware and software. It consists of an IDEAL/Contex 42″ wide large format scanner, adjustable stand to incorporate both scanner and printer in one single footprint, color copying software for performing all the calculations for color management matching and matching color from scan to print, and a high speed 44” color printer. The system is network ready and includes online image backup, storage and remote viewing for approval process. IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X44 is a high-end scan to print system designed to fit your needs.

  • IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X36 is a single foot print, stand-alone, color scan to print system with high speed and high performnce that are perfect for GIS, CAD, and MCAD Applications. Scan, print and copy E size originals including blueprints, maps, and color renderings, IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X36 is a computer-driven scan to print system featuring an integrated solution of hardware and software. It consists of an IDEAL/Contex 36″ wide large format scanner, adjustable stand to incorporate both scanner and printer in one single footprint, color copying software for performing all the calculations for color management matching and matching color from scan to print, and a high speed 36” color printer. The system is network ready and includes online image backup, storage and remote viewing for approval process. IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X36 is a high speed, high performance scan to print system designed to fit your needs.

  • IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X24 is a single foot print, stand-alone, color scan to print system with resolutions comparable to high-end systems and speeds that are perfect for entry level D size review for Engineering, Architecture, Display Providers or Mapping. Scan, print and copy D size originals including blueprints, maps, color renderings, posters, and artwork. IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X24 is a computer-driven scan to print system featuring an integrated solution of hardware and software. It consists of an IDEAL/Contex 25″ wide large format scanner, adjustable stand to incorporate both scanner and printer in one single footprint, color copying software for performing all the calculations for color management matching and matching color from scan to print, and a high speed 24” color printer. The system is network ready and includes online image backup, storage and remote viewing for approval process. IDEAL ScanCENTRAL X24 is a low-cost scan to print system designed to fit your needs.

 ScanCENTRAL systems offer great value and versatility.  They are network ready, with the added feature of online backup, storage and remote viewing for your image files on MyArchiveCenter.com. As with all IDEAL systems, ScanCENTRAL can grow as your needs change.  You can add WiseImage software for raster editing, or you can upgrade MyArchiveCenter to a full-featured online planroom on IDEALplanroom.net . For questions or comments, contact me directly at idealblog@ideal.com


Customer Support at IDEAL

August 29, 2007

Our company blog has been active for a couple of months now and I haven’t weighed in yet with my comments.  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Kevin Lilly and I’m the face behind the voice offering scanner support.  I take pride in supporting IDEAL / Contex scanners and always do my best to get you back up and running as quickly as possible when you have a problem. 

Many of your support questions can be answered in our knowledge base, so try there first.  If you can’t find what you need there, the fastest and easiest way to get personal response to your support question is via an email request..     It’s also helpful to know if your scanner is under warranty.  Warranty information can be found here.There is lots of other information available in the support section of our website.

On the personal side, when I’m not supporting Contex scanners, you can find me fishing or at the local hobby train store.  To talk about fishing or trains, email me at idealblog.ideal.com  To get your support questions answered, fill out our support form


Online Plan Rooms / Online Map Rooms

August 29, 2007

Why would anyone want to put ANY documents online, let alone the large format drawings commonly used by architects, engineers and the construction industry as well as large format maps used by various government agencies? First of all, aren’t there security problems?  Secondly, in the case of large format drawings, aren’t there viewing problems with large files? 

In the eight years that I’ve been designing, programming, customizing and proselytizing for online document storage, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked those questions.  Let’s put it this way…if I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked, with compounded interest, I’d be sitting at a mountain lake fishing today, instead of posting a blog entry about online planrooms, maprooms and archive centers.    Unfortunately, the questions have never come written on the back of currency…

So, let me reel my mind away from the mountain lake and back to the questions at hand.

First of all, why store online?  First and foremost – convenience of access. 

In the early days of online planrooms, it was the reprographers and their architect, engineer, construction (AEC) customer base who were the driving forces.  The AEC folks wanted a faster, easier way to manage construction bids.  The Reprographers wanted a new and better way to feed their printing business.  Since those early days, the concept of online plan  rooms has expanded, morphed and yet, basically remained the same…when your drawings are accessible online you can get to them when you need them, as long as you have access to the internet.

IDEAL’s plan rooms and map rooms feature Level 3 security and nearly instantaneous viewing with our patented InterNETIX, thin client technology.   

For examples of online plan rooms, check out:  www.myarchivecenter.com , www.idealplanroom.net,   http://planroom.cadalyst.com/PNOnline/ .

For example of online map rooms, see these links: 

Ada County Case Study:  http://www.ideal.com/publications/case_studies/casestudy.asp?case=adaLink to ADA County Map Store:past this url into your browser:   http://216.222.102.251Click on enter type in user name    public    password    public FEMA Case Study:http://www.ideal.com/publications/case_studies/casestudy.asp?case=femaLink to FEMA Map Store:  http://msc.fema.gov/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/FemaWelcomeView?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&langId=-1 


Summer’s Over – Fall Tradeshows Begin

August 29, 2007

As we say goodbye to summer, IDEAL’s marketing department is gearing up for a busy fall tradeshow season.  Between now and November, we have six tradeshows scheduled.  Shows on tap include: GIS in the Rockies Conference, Central Reprographics Association Trade Show, Western Reprographics Association, ARMA, ERRA/SRA and Autodesk University.   If you’re in the neighborhood for any of the tradeshows above, drop by and see us.  We’ll have the latest in large format scanning and document management solutions.  You can see our booth numbers for each show here.    We regularly update our tradeshow list, so check out tradeshows on our website for updates.  If you can’t get to a tradeshow and want to learn more about IDEAL products or the industries we serve, join us for a webinar. Do you know of a tradeshow or conference we should consider attending?  Email me at idealblog@ideal.com.


Product Synergy

July 20, 2007

As the President of IDEAL, I want to jump in here and tie in both Phil’s post about WiseImage X8 and Diane’s post about 3D printing services with all of our other great products. .   One of the great things about being the President of a company like IDEAL is that I get to oversee all of our product offerings and watch how they all work together to give our customers what they need to do the jobs they need to do.  So, for instance, our IDEAL / Contex scanner line enables our customers to scan their paper drawings.  WiseImage allows people to bring their scanned drawings into their CAD systems.  My3Dservices.com helps them turn those 2D drawings into 3D CAD drawings, and/or into 3D physical models.  MyArchiveCenter.com gives our customers a secure, permanent place to archive their drawings.  IDEAL Online PlanRoom helps them manage their construction projects.  What great synergy!