The conversion of microfiche allows for users to access them with much greater ease, just as you would with any computer based document or image whilst also giving you the other more flexible aspects that come with most computer files such as the ability to print files, share them via email and over a shared network as well as continuous access and even computer based searching.
By using a microfilm conversion service you ensure that your microfilm will be around forever so in the event of loss, damage or just time and use, your data will be secured forever. The documents that have film can sometimes be fully converted to word document or text searchable PDF via OCR techniques depending on the quality of the original document and the quality of the film, but even if this is not possible, it's possible to index, or title, the documents with relevant keywords or numbers if you should require. However if it is possible to make all the document text searchable, this is a valuable tool that could save a lot of time and resources
In addition to the scanning of the Microfilm, you will also need some level of indexing in order to retrieve the images. Some Microfilm contains blips which can indicate the start of each new document. Sometimes Microfilm is blipped at multiple levels, such as Folder, Document and Page. You Microfilm scanning vendor should be able to detect these blips which partially automates the indexing process and reduces the cost of indexing.
Once you have decided to outsource your Microfilm scanning you should consider a company's experience in it, as well as the capacity they offer to do your project quickly. You will also have to decide if you want bi-tonal images or grayscale images scanned from the Microfilm. If your software allows it, grayscale images are often the best choice for older or poorly filmed Microfilm, where the image quality is not so good.
Microsystems have earned a first class reputation for its high standards in document scanning and producing all formats of Microfilm Scanning with over 30 years of experience.
Microsystems Pty Ltd
Unit 1/2 Parramatta Road Granville
Ph 1800 634 054
Microsystems are one of the Leading Document Scanning Bureau’s in Australia offering by far the most experienced team of experts in Document Scanning Solutions. They collect and convert your paper documents, computer generated reports and microfiche to electronic files, create indexes for easy retrieval, and archive the documents to CD/DVD or Web. For more information please visit the website.