Microfiche was once a convenient way to store and view archived documents like magazines, newspapers and research papers. Many universities and public libraries still have large microfiche collections available to the public for viewing. With many mediums quickly becoming digital, you may want to store your microfiche on CD for saving and viewing. You can do this almost as you would transfer photographs into digital form.
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Things you need
- Microfiche reader with printer
- High resolution scanner which scans transparencies (photo negatives)
- Desk lamp
- Blank CD-R
Insert the microfiche into the reader and locate a section you want to save on a CD. Click the "Print" button on the machine's printer to make it print the page. Repeat this step for as many pages of the microfiche you want on CD.
Open your scanner and lay a page face down on it, as you would scan any other document or picture. Close the scanner lid and press the "Scan" button. Save the file as a JPG and in a folder that you have quick access to. Repeat this for as many pages as you printed out in Step 1.
Open your CD burning software and choose the option "Make Photo CD." Locate the folder you saved the scanned images in from Step 2 and select it. Click "OK" to add the images to the project. Insert the blank CD-R and press "Burn Disk."
Open your scanner and place one of the microfiche slides on it, in the corner with the scan perimeters. Set the scanner's resolution to the highest setting in order to obtain scans large enough to read. Leave the scanner lid open and turn on and point the desk lamp at the microfiche.
Press the scan button and allow the image to scan. Save it to your computer at the highest resolution JPG file that is possible. Save the image to a folder with easy access. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for multiple microfiche.
Open your CD burning software and choose the option "Make Photo CD." Locate and select the folder you saved the scanned images in from the previous step. Click the "OK" button to add the images to the project. Insert the blank CD-R and press "Burn Disk." The microfiche will be saved to CD and viewable on any device which reads a photo CD, such as many DVD players and CD-ROM drives.
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