The Problem with Microfilm: Document Scanning Services Warn of Fadeout

Newspapers, or some forms thereof, have existed in as early as the Roman times, keeping societies updated on the latest events within and beyond kingdoms and empires. However, the technique for preserving them didn’t come until the 20th century when the New York Times, in 1935, began capturing their issues in microfilm.

Documents, whether on paper or microfilm, won’t suffer from degradation when converted to electronic files. Libraries and companies engaged in digitizing old issues of newspapers and magazines turn to quality document scanning services to protect their paper copies. Google’s digitization project, which ran from 2008 to 2011, is one example of a successful process.

Some services, like Spectrum Information Services, take imaging quality up several notches with Virtual ReScan (VRS) technology. Introduced by imaging firm Kofax in 1998, the VRS technology allows scanners to capture almost any kind of document with any level of quality.


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