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Why Should My Microfiche Be Digitised?

So, you once had documents which had to be stored safely but take up as little room as possible. At the time, the obvious solution was to store them on microfiche and microfilm, right? But times have changed and technology has advanced to the point where microforms like those are almost redundant. Here we're going to take a look at why scanning your microforms to digital format is now the superior solution for cost effective and space saving benefits.


Keeping documents on microfiche and microfilm can incur a range of costs for various reasons.

Colour microfiche

It is extremely expensive to create colour microfiche. Those that decide not to copy colour documents into colour microfiche will have to compromise greatly, especially those that rely on colour pictures etc.


The only way to read what is on a microfiche is through a microfiche reader. Due to the reducing popularity of microfiche, it is getting increasingly difficult to come about microfiche readers, let alone purchase them.


Although microfiche and microfilm take up a great deal less space than their paper copy counterparts, it is still necessary to store them together and safely. With a large amount, the storage costs could build up.

Poor quality photos

As mentioned before, colour microfiche is very expensive. Whether you choose to use colour microfiche or not, the photos printed onto them can often be of very poor quality. If your document relies on its photos, the worst thing you could do is ruin the quality through microfiche.

Lacking in features

Microfiche readers are analogue systems and, as a result, they lack in features such as searching and with each copy, the quality degrades unlike with digital systems. You also cannot edit microfiche.

Easily lost, stolen or misfiled

Regardless of where you keep stored microfiche, there will always be a possibility of loss, theft, damage or misfiling.

Take up space

Not only does storage cost money, there is also the obvious disadvantage of the space it takes up. This space could be better used in more efficient ways.

Microfiche storage did have its advantages in the past but as you can see, they no longer provide the best possible solution in the digital age. So what does?

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You can now future proof your microfiche by scanning them to a digital format. Microfiche scanning offers a space saving, cost effective and less time consuming solution. There's even reduced hassle if you outsource your microfiche scanning project to a scanning company such as Pearl Scan, who will take care of the whole process for you. Microfiche scanning offers more advantages too;

- Digitised microfiche only take up digital space, leaving you with more physical office space and no cost for storage.
-Once the microfiche or microfilm have been scanned and fully indexed, they will be easier to find using a simple search of title, date or even content.
- Storing digital documents will be much more secure than hardcopies and files can be encrypted for added security.
- Documents can be accessed from anywhere at any time when the digitised documents are placed into a digital document management system meaning you can work more efficiently with the information on them.

Overall, microfiche scanning is the way forward for any individual or business wanting to reap the extensive benefits. Pearl Scan offer a bespoke microfiche or microfilm scanning service which you can tailor to suit your needs. If you are interested in finding out more information about Microfiche Scanning and the services we offer here at Pearl Scan, get in touch today for a free, no obligation quote for your microfiche scanning project.

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Go Digital With Your Aperture Cards

Do you have aperture cards that are difficult to access? Would you like to be able to access the drawings on them at the click of a button and even edit them?

We think it's time you go digital and get your aperture cards scanned.

It can be expensive to keep aperture cards in storage and time consuming to search through them all for the drawing you need. With CAD software amongst other technology, it is becoming increasingly easy for architects to create their new designs in digital format.

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It is easier to access digital records as they can be searched by name, date or other details and found in seconds as opposed to searching through piles of aperture cards.

Once a drawing is in digital format, it is easy to edit and make changes to whenever you need to without having to create a new aperture card.

Rather than having to share the aperture card in its only hard copy, you can send a digital copy via email, USB or through an online platform.

Digital drawings are safer than stored aperture cards. They are protected from the loss, theft and damage risks that come with hard copy storage.

Why outsource your aperture card scanning?

The two main reasons you should outsource your aperture card scanning services is due to cost and time. If you attempt to scan your aperture cards in-house, you will need to purchase an aperture card scanner and also hire someone to do the scanning for you. These costs will run up and if this person isn't particularly experienced in this field of scanning, they may take a considerable amount of time to complete the scanning and digitisation. There will also be more room for error.

By outsourcing a company to complete your scanning for you, you will also get a range of options for your scanning solutions including which medium you would like your digital copies provided in such as TIFF, PDF and JPEG. You can also choose from CD, DVD, USB, secure FTP, Halogen or our Pearl Cloud hosted portal to receive your digital copies on.

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer aperture card scanning tailored to your needs. We have the facilities to handle both small and large scale projects. We can even show you our aperture card scanning process.

If you've been convinced to go digital with your aperture cards and would like to request a quote or if you would like some more information on our Aperture Card Scanning services, get in touch today.

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Three Reasons You Should Scan Your Microfiche

Microfiche scanning is one of the many services we offer here at Pearl Scan. Here are some of the reasons you should get your microfiche scanned today.

1. The age of the microfiche readers is gone, do it now before you can no longer do it
If you read our previous blog, "Microfiche Readers Become a Thing of The Past", you will know that in today's fast moving technological society, Microfiche Readers have been lost to the scrap heap. In a similar way to the loss of the VCR, without a reader, microfiche are becoming redundant too. I'd say that is as good a reason as any to get the important microfiche you have stored away scanned and digitally stored as soon as possible.

Secure your files and documents for the future
If microfiche are not stored correctly, they can be lost, damaged or stolen and if those files and documents are not backed up, they will be lost forever. By scanning and converting your microfiche to digital and storing them in a digital document management system, you will safeguard those files from any fate that would befall its hard copy.

Save money and time with digital storage
Once a microfiche has been scanned and its digital copy stored into a digital storage system, with the helpful indexing, you can save time searching through boxes of microfiche with access to your files and documents with just a quick search by title, date, name or contents. You will also save money on storage facilities as the microfiche can be destroyed once a digital system has been set up and you are happy with it.

Future-proof your document storage by scanning stored microfiche to digital format with our Microfiche and Microfilm Scanning Services. We provide microfiche and microfilm scanning in the North West, Central and South East England as well as across the rest of the UK. Get in touch today to get a quote or for more information about how our services can help you.

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Document Scanning by Pearl Scan

The Scan-do Peopletm

For more information feel free to give us a call: 
Nationwide: 0845 22 55 923      London: 0207 183 1885
Manchester: 0161 832 7991         Birmingham: 0121 285 1900

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