Engineering the Next-Generation of Microfilm Scanning How nextScan is driving down the cost of converting film and fiche images to digital—and opening up the market for a new wave of users.
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Engineering the Next-Generation
of Microfilm Scanning
How nextScan is driving down the cost of converting
film and fiche images to digital—and opening up
the market for a new wave of users.
by Ralph Gammon
Editor and Publisher, Document Imaging Report
Document Imaging Report
Business Trends on Converting Paper Processes to Electronic format
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here has never been a better time to convert micrographic images to digital.
Improving scanning technology, falling costs for digital storage, and increased
pressure to deliver digital images for business and legal transactions are making it more
practical than ever for organizations to perform micrographics-to-digital conversions of
their document images.
Here are some market trends increasing the push towards digitization of microfilm and
► Digitization, which once cost several cents per image, can now be outsourced for less
than one cent per page, depending on the size and scope of a project.
► Hard-drive disk storage, which sold for more than $50 per GB 15 years ago, is now
available for less than $1 per GB.
► Adoption of e-mail, collaboration, and ECM technology for sharing digital files has
become practically ubiquitous.
► Advances in scanning and image processing have improved the quality of converted
images, while also decreasing the manual resources required for conversions.
Leading the technical revolution in the
micrographics scanning market has been
nextScan, a Boise, Idaho-based
manufacturer of scanning hardware and
developer of image processing software.
Since it was founded in 2002, nextScan
has been pushing the envelope of
micrographics scanning, and, as a
byproduct, pushing the market forward into new application areas. Once reserved for
specialized projects with obvious benefits and immediate ROI (such as digitizing
property records to provide