About Still Image

The Still Image (STI) application programming interface (API) is a standardized interface that acquires digital still images from devices that are primarily used to capture still images. Examples of devices that are accessible through the Still Image API are:

Device Description
Flatbed scanner Scanner with an automatic document feeder, transparency adapter, or other options (such as a "start" button).
Sheet-fed scanner Scanner with paper-inserted detection mechanism.
Handheld scanner Scanner that is moved across the image to be scanned by hand.
Still-image digital camera Camera with stored images and associated data such as thumbnails and audio.


Currently, support for still-image acquisition devices is provided through individual independent hardware vendor (IHV) solutions. These implementations can vary significantly. The current version of the Still Image API is the first phase of a standardized interface Microsoft produces that implements support for still-image acquisition devices.

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