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Converting Microfilm To Pdf

Converting Microfilm To Pdf

Several Reasons To Convert Microfilm To PDF

When it was introduced, the microfilm was hailed as a breakthrough in the storage of documentation. A document would be photographically compressed, and become unreadable to the naked human eye. Typically, a film is meant to last for 5 Centuries, although to attain this the storage conditions need to be precise. Many firms, thinking that their data was safe due to having been stored on this film have ended up losing irretrievable data due to bad storage conditions, and are now opting to convert microfilm to PDF.

It is true that some rolls have lasted for more than 100 years, but these are the ones which have been handled and stored correctly. This form of film has been well used by civil authorities, museums and libraries, and a lot of valuable information has been saved for future generations to study. Although actually accessing and finding the information held on the film is a long winded business.

More and more companies seem to be shying away from such a storage format, and this has also caused the decline in the number of manufacturers making the readers. Should a firm possess their own reader, they are now finding it increasingly difficult to get these readers serviced and maintained. The readers can take up a lot of time for the individual, as they try to locate the data they are trying to retrieve, and only one user at a time can use the reader.

The film itself cannot be shared by more than one user. Hence the reason why a lot of businesses are getting the film files converted into digital images. At present the most popular conversion is into the Portable Document Format, commonly known as PDF.

The Portable Document Format is recognized worldwide, and has been developed by Adobe Systems over the last two decades. It does have a distinct advantage over other digital images, as it will operate across most computer operating systems, and mobile applications. This ensures that no further conversion of the images will be required.

Microfilm, Microfiche & Aperture Card Conversion Technology
    Microfilm
    16mm/35mm roll microfilm
    Microfiche
    Step and repeat microfiche
    COM microfiche
    105mm fiche
    Jacketed microfiche
    Oversize (ultrafiche)
     Aperture cards

Output Conversion In Multiple Formats

    PDF and PDF/A
    JPG
    TIFF
    GIF
    And more



After conversion the PDF file will be an exact replica of the original document, and as such will contain all of the original information. As a PDF file it can be e-mailed between users who might be utilizing different computer operating systems, and they will both get to see the same data. As an added layer of security protection a PDF file can be password protected.

To date there are more companies offering to do this conversion work for you, and their pricing tariffs vary. They might say that they can meet your requirements, but their equipment might not be compatible with your version of microfilm. Try to get them to convert a sample first, all reputable companies will be amenable to this suggestion.

It is quite logical to convert microfilm to PDF. You will be able to do away with the big and bulky reader, and no longer have to worry about the storage conditions of the rolls of microfilm. All of these digitized images can now be stored on a single computer, and multiple users will be able to access the files.

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