Like most obsolete formats, microfiche and microfilm (or microform as they are collectively known) are being converted at a very high rate. A lot of companies are struggling to deal with the demand.
Microfiche, small negatives which are held inside transparent plastic sleeves normally, though compact and easy to store, have become increasingly obsolete due to the lack of supporting equipment which has resulted in them becoming something of a niche product and therefore expensive to purchase or even rent. Microfilm, the same concept only on a reel of film, is suffering the same fate.
There’s one main simple reason for why this is; flexibility.
You can still buy microfiche and microfilm readers separately, but because they’re harder to find are selling for upwards of £3,000, which is a lot, particularly when you don’t access the files contained every day. They are also quite limited in what they can do, most merely allowing you to view the microfiche and nothing more.
As with most modernising, just like that of vinyl to tape, tape to CD and CD to MP3, businesses are choosing to convert their often huge microfiche collections. Some companies request to have millions of microfiche converted so that it’s easier to access the records stored on them from as little as five years ago. Car blueprints are still stored on them today in some cases.
The conversion of microfiche allows for users to access them with much greater ease, just as you would with any computer based document or image whilst also giving you the other more flexible aspects that come with most computer files such as the ability to print files, share them via email and over a shared network as well as continuous access and even computer based searching.al machine which feeds the microfiche or microfilm throug