Description of Windows Image Acquisition

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Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) enables imaging programs, such as Microsoft Picture It! 2000, Kodak Imaging, or Adobe Photoshop, to communicate with imaging devices such as digital cameras and scanners. WIA supports digital still cameras and both low-end and high-end scanners; it also enables you to retrieve still images from IEEE 1394-based digital video (DV) camcorders and Universal Serial Bus (USB) Web cameras.
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WIA is built on the Microsoft Still Image Architecture that was introduced in Microsoft Windows 98 to provide support for imaging devices. A major goal of WIA is to reduce the software investment that must be made by an independent hardware vendor (IHV). By including operating system-supplied WIA components, IHVs can concentrate on improving features rather than investing time on interoperability.

For detailed information about WIA and a list of imaging devices that are supported in Windows Millennium, visit the Microsoft WIA Web site at:

Article ID: 266348 - Last Review: 06/19/2014 08:11:00 - Revision: 2.0

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