Can Microfilm Be What You Need?

Could Microfilm Be What You Need

Many businesses and companies have made the effort to go digital and convert their documents into a format that takes up no physical space but can virtually be a veritable warehouse jammed full of information. As wonderful as it is to have what would amount to potentially hundreds of pounds of paper in information stored in a magical piece of plastic that can fit in your pocket, sometimes a physical copy of your information is more useful and has more predictable longevity. Is it a good idea to convert microfilm versions of your documents or research materials to a digital format for transportation or backup copies? Absolutely, but there are several things about microfilm conversion Washington DC residents might like to know before they make their decision.

First and foremost, it takes up less storage space than paper. Although, being a physical form of the documents does force microfilm, by its very nature, to take up space, it is a mere fraction of the space taken by paper storage cabinets and containers. Secondly, documents that have been through the microfilm conversion process have an identical copy made of them. No size reformatting to fit the restrictions of whatever program you may be using. Microfilming creates a perfect copy, down to the smudges on the paper. This way you have access to your documents or research materials as they were originally.

Another reason you might want to convert microfilm copies of your documentation is that it is a very durable and lasting format. It will outlast your paper documents easily; microfilm has an average estimated life of 500 years. Not to mention that the technology used to display microfilm is relatively simple and can be easily reproduced in the event of some disaster that renders current technology ineffective. It is far easier to jury-rig a projector to show the microfilm than to create a working computer with the capability to read whatever file type your documents have been converted to. That does not mean that microfilm conversion and usage techniques remain in the stone-age however. With the aid of digital readers one can browse and scan pages of microfilm as easily as one could scan through a page on the internet.

So consider allowing some specialists like those at Tarheel Imaging and Microfilming, Inc. to convert microfilm versions of your most important files for the future as added insurance against any disasters. It is permanent as far as we and our children’s children are concerned, and it is easy to access and use. Not to mention how it is easily adaptable to work with the times and technology of the present day.