2011-September: Microforms are dead – long live microforms !!!!!

An article by Daniel Lawrance [ Laurie ] Varendorff ARMA 2011-09-16

2011 SEPTEMBER enter the ERA of INTELLIGENT MICROFORMS with the release of the ScanPro 2000 – PowerScan Productivity Suite – PPS – INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images from Jim Westoby &: Todd Kahle of e-ImageData Corp. of 340 Grant St – Hartford, WI 53027 – USA the manufacturer of the ScanPro 2000 .

INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images


Have I been struck by Lightning?

It certainly feels like it, as I have just experienced the most SHOCKINGLY DELIGHTFUL awakening.

What is that you ask?

I have just downloaded the Beta Version of the e-ImageData Corp. ScanPro 2000 INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images PowerScan Productivity Suite – PPS software while exhibiting at the ALIA National Library & Information Technicians Conference 2011 Monday 12 to Friday 16 September 2011 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth.

Why was I so SHOCKED?

This was my first exposure to the greatest breakthrough in Micrographic History since the 1920′s when a Banker in New York invented a camera that would make a positive record of cheques that were returned to depositors or forwarded to other banks.

What did this mean?

Principally, that the bank could maintain a legal record of transactions, economically and quickly.

It meant new security for records.

It meant that time-consuming handwritten descriptions of cheques would have to be made no longer.

The banker’s name was George McCarthy, and he deserves a high place of honour in the history of microfilm.

Fast forward to today with the imminent release of the e-ImageData Corp. ScanPro 2000 – PowerScan Productivity Suite – PPS – INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images – software in the next few weeks & HEY PRESTO another EARTH SHATTERING development in the History of Micrographics with the introduction of INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images. YES, that is what I said the introduction of INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images.

In recent weeks Canon Japan Head Office has announced their decision to cease the manufacture of Microfilm Equipment because of the continued shift towards electronic document capture solutions and the decline in demand for micrographics equipment.

At the same time as Canon Japan Head Office  makes this announcement e-ImageData Corp. has, over the past five  5 years installed many thousands of the ScanPro 2000 & the earlier version the ScanPro 1000 Digital Microfilm Scanner Printers in Libraries Internationally.

No wonder Canon Japan has experienced a decline in demand for micrographics equipment. Not because there is no demand for micrographics equipment but because of the superiority of the ongoing & every continuing technological improvements being made by Jim Westoby & Todd Kahle of e-ImageData Corp. with the ScanPro 2000 Digital Microfilm Scanner Printer.

I wrote an article back in March 2008 entitled 2007 – A watershed year for the Micrographic / Imaging Industry regarding the then ScanPro 1000 Digital Microfilm Scanner Printer & available for review with a copy of the article @ 2007 – A watershed year for the Micrographic / Imaging Industry – March 2008.

With this introduction of the e-ImageData Corp. – INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images – software via the release of the e-ImageData Corp. ScanPro 2000 – PowerScan Productivity Suite – PPS software an EARTH SHATTERING change has occurred in the Microfilm Industry.

Here are the capabilities of the e-ImageData Corp. ScanPro 2000 – PowerScan Productivity Suite – PPS – INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images – software:

1. Click on the INFO-Link Button / Icon - Then CLICK on a word that give you the choice of three [ 3 ] links to internet Search Engines on the WWW. The defaults are 1. Google; 2. Wikipedia & 3. Dictionary.com. 

SPECIAL NOTE: The Administrator can select any three – 3 WWW Search Engines available on the WWW suitable for their specific requirements.

2. Click the Edit Image Button / Icon - Then select & highlight the information on your microfilm image and copy it to the clipboard as text for pasting into any document e.g. Word etc. or Copy it as a UNINTELLIGENT image to verify the correctness of the text information captured.

3. Click the OCR Searchable PDF File Single Page Button / Icon - Then with a single click you can convert any microfilm image to a word searchable PDF as a single page file.

4. Click the OCR Searchable PDF File Single Page Button / Icon - Then with a single click you can convert any microfilm image to a word searchable PDF as a multiple page file.

5. Click the WORD-Search Button / Icon - Then enter a search word in the Search Box which then highlights that word everywhere on that page of the microfilm image you currently have up on your PC Monitor screen. Should your search word not be on that particular image on the roll of 16 or 35 mm roll microfilm then all you do is click on the Forward or Backward Arrow Button / Icon & repeat the search on the next & possibly subsequent images until you locate the search word you require.

SPECIAL NOTE: The e-ImageData Corp. ScanPro 2000 – PowerScan Productivity Suite – PPS – INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images – software is capable of searching on around one hundred & seventy five – 175 different languages as well as English.

NOW FOR THE GOOD no GREAT NEWS: For all our clients who have purchased the ScanPro 2000 or the earlier version ScanPro 1000 since MID 2006 this NEW OPTIONAL software from the e-ImageData Corp. the ScanPro 2000 – PowerScan Productivity Suite – PPS – INTELLIGENT MICROFILM from UNINTELLIGENT Raster Images can be retrofitted to your currently installed ScanPro 2000 or the earlier version ScanPro 1000 Digital Microfilm Scanner Printer.

Who can claim that e-ImageData Corp. & Digital Microfilm Equipment – DME do not protect their clients investment in their ScanPro 2000 or the earlier version ScanPro 1000 installations with every continuing technological improvement being made available to our clients to protect their investments from OBSOLESCENCE.

The e-ImageData Corp. & Digital Microfilm Equipment – DME have our clients’ interests at the forefront of our business policies, processes & practices. Please show me another Microfilm Equipment Manufacturer who provides this depth of commitment to their clients.

Happy INTELLIGENT Scanning of your microfilm, Laurie Varendorff ARMA.

The Author

Laurie Varendorff, ARMA, a former RMAA Western Australia Branch president & national director, has been involved in records management and the micrographic industry for 40 years.

Laurie has his own microfilm equipment sales & support organisation - Digital Microfilm Equipment – DME - and a – records & information management – RIM – consulting & training business - The Varendorff Consultancy – TVC - located near Perth, Western Australia, & has tutored & written course material in recordkeeping & archival storage & preservation for Perth’s Edith Cowan University – ECU.

You can contact Laurie Varendorff @ email @ Laurie Varendorff ARMA; or Phone: Australia @ 0417 094 147 – International @ +61 417 094 147 at Digital Microfilm Equipment – DME.

The author, Laurie Varendorff gives permission for the redistribution or republishing of this article by individuals and non-profit professional organisations without cost based on the condition that he as well as the URL of the article are recognised at the introduction of the article when redistributed or republished.

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