No matter what part of the Americas you are in there are companies in the United States that will be able to deal with your microfilm conversion to digital images. All it will require is that you ship the film by any form of freight that is most convenient. You can then receive the converted files in any format that you choose via a secure download or as a hard copy. All your concerns for information security can also be taken care of.
At one time microfilm was the most convenient way to store information. It did take up a lot less space than paper would have with the same amount of information printed on it. There will still drawbacks though as you could only view the pages using special equipment which made it far less portable.
Despite the fact that it has been eclipsed by the computer age there could still be a lot of valuable information stored in this way. It makes a lot of sense to have this scanned and stored in a digital format however. It can be stored for much longer and more conveniently and retrieval can also be much quicker and easier.
There is not danger of loosing any of the image quality because with modern equipment and programs the scanned copy can be made clearer than the original. There are a great many file formats that they can then be converted to. You can store the pages as images or text could even be extracted using special software.
This will relieve you of all the work associated with the old system. There will no longer be the need for manual filling and retrieval. This might also only have been done by someone who was familiar with the files so the information can also become much more widely accessible to more people within and organization.
In order to make the information easy to manage would require specialized software that can also be supplied by the company that does the conversion. To make sure that it can be easily filed the information has to be properly organized during scanning. With the combination of properly ordered information and the appropriate software you will never have to spend too much time searching for files again.
A lot of space can be saved both in not requiring the viewing equipment and no having to store the film. The information also becomes much easier to work with and can be copied, transferred and processed in any way that you may need. Text can be extracted for data analysis and old images can be reused or converted into accessible formats. You therefore not only preserve the data but make it a lot more useable.
There are therefore many advantages to microfilm conversion to digital images. There will obviously be space saving but there is a lot of added convenience too. You can do more with the information and even make it more secure. Any quantity can be handled and stored in any format that might be required.
Converting microfiche microfilm documents aperture cards to digital images is a specialized task. The best thing to do is to pass it on to a specialization company. They are in possession of dedicated scanners which can easily and perfectly translate your files to digitized files.
Many organizations are getting their filing up to the 21st century standards and, hence, find this option a necessity. It makes their filing system easy to access and easy to distribute. If you wish to print from these files, this is also that much easier.
Architectural and engineering companies often have a lot of blueprints of drawings and maps on aperture cards for future preservation and access. Getting these transferred to digital images would be a great asset to any company. To do this it might or might not be necessary to sort them.
The integrated 16mm and 35mm documents (as part of the aperture card) can contain more than one image or document. The scanning company often exclude this information and you do not necessarily have to pay for it. Make sure that your cards are scanned at the requested DPI. The other questions you may want to ask your service provider are whether there is an automatic Hollerith reading, is the reading accurate and whether the image would need to be cropped.
The advanced scanners are able to transfer images from your microfiche storage at 200 or 300 DPI (or higher), in bi-tonal or gray-scale. There are also positive, negative, simplex and duplex fiche which can be scanned and transferred into digital format. With the scanners that have become available, it is not difficult to scan these images and documents at the requested quality. These best quality scans allow for the best viewing and easy access.
Archiving has been a part of the past and for this they have often used microfilm. This can now be digitized and transferred through scanning. It is an easier way to present people with digital records. This was a way of preserving old publications. Scanning them makes them accessible and available for researchers and anyone who would want access to them. The CDs and other memory devices makes it easy to copy and read or print out. There is no longer the time-consuming effort of going through each document at the library.
Besides streamlining your business, preservation of these files are also the key reasons for scanning your boxes of microfiche, microfilm documents or aperture cards. You could also make them available through copying and keeping copies as further backup. These are then also easily available for people to utilize.
Some scanning companies will not disclose all that is needed to be done for your scanning and it would therefore be wise to pose the above-mentioned questions to them before you allow them to do the work. They might just overcharge you for their services. It is time-consuming to do this work and, hence, it would be wise to outsource it to a professional company. It is not a cheap process, but often a necessary one.
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