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Microfilm can bring various advantages, such as the document being reduced to one-thirtieth of its area. It can also save utilization of floor space by reducing the number of documents being used. It can also allow security and safety of documents to a certain extent. The microfilm records are also a bit more durable than documents but do have a timestamp and environmental factors can affect it.
There are many advantages to Microfiche, such as a storage cabinet can hold thousands of Microfiche cards, which can contain thousands of pages in material. There are also special machines, such as the STViewscan III, that allow you to read them and even alter the content for clearer visuals. Some storage methods used in the past that were based on technology that no longer in common use, which can make accessing the data difficult.
What is Microfilm?
Microfilming, also called microphotography, consists in the reduction of images to such a small size that they cannot be read without optical assistance. This amazing photographic compression often results in a ninety-nine percent saving of space. The microfilming service is one of the most extensively used and common practices in modern reprographic science.
The remarkable increase in microfilming activities is due to the recognition that a large portion of books, periodicals and newspapers are deteriorating because of the poor quality of paper and print. The use of microfilming for almost seventy years has provided an excellent reproduction method for recording photographic images of printed materials (i.e. www.dictionary.com)
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A microfiche is a card made of transparent film used to store printed information in a miniaturized form. To read the card, a user places it under the lens of a reader machine, which magnifies it greatly. The thinness and small size of the film enable it to be stored very easily and efficiently, allowing libraries, museums, and businesses to increase their resource collections without the need for additional storage space. While many organizations store records digitally, microfiche records are still created and used, but there are some dangers with this in terms of longevity.
ST Viewscan 4
The next generation microfilm scanner has arrived, the ViewScan 4. The 5th generation digital microfilm scanner from ST Imaging, the ViewScan 4 takes the greatest features from earlier award winning models and is combined with modern software and usability to deliver an all new user experience. It’s equipped with a range of cameras including a native 18 megapixel image sensor camera. All scanners are capable of scanning film from a 7x to a 105x reduction ratio.)
ST PerfectView for Microfilm Scanning
ST PerfectView is a powerful new tool for microfilm researchers by streamlining the browsing, scanning and saving of the information. Quickly read headlines without waiting for the image to refresh and become clear. Easily crop the article or scan the entire page. Each scan is then saved into the Image Ribbon (formerly known as the Image Bin). The Image Ribbon stores the scans during the session and can be recalled at any time. It can also be resized and enlarged to see the details not seen in the thumbnail. Once scanned the image can be saved in many different formats to multiple locations including, email, Google Drive, Dropbox, USB, and shared over inter-library loans. Of course the file can be sent to any network printer.
Camera Options on the ViewScan 4 Microfilm Scanner
The ViewScan 4 will be available in a wide range of camera sizes up to an 18 megapixel image sensor.
Precision motors on the ViewScan 4 allows for continuous sharp and easy-to-read images. From 35 mm roll film to small images on microfiche, users will see focused and vibrant images time after time.
On board PC Option
A first time innovation for a microfilm scanner, the ViewScan 4 can come with an optional PC. Securely connected to the base of the scanner the PC comes with the ST PerfectView software installed. Connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse to the PC and you are ready to scan. The mouse can be an optional item as the ST PerfectView is designed with touch screen capabilities.
Energy Saving Design
While microfilm scanners are not eligible for the EnergyStar program, ST Imaging is committed to protecting our environment. The ViewScan 4 is designed to meet or exceed energy savings standards with product designs and materials not detrimental to the earth and features like automatic Sleep Mode and power down functions. Learn more about our energy saving features.
Assembled in the USA
ST Imaging is proud to have the ST ViewScan 4 assembled in Meridian, ID. Each scanner comes with a three year factory warranty.