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Scan to PDF, TIFF & JPEG


  • Institutional and Corporate customers

  • Engineering and Aerospace customers

  • Schools & Universities

  • Libraries

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Guaranteed 100% image capture with ribbon scanning technique

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No lost, undetected or improperly cropped images

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Standard QC includes deskew, despeckele, gamma and precise cropping

We scan Jacketed Fiche, Aperture Cards, COM and more

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Not sure what type of film you have? We can help.

Ribbon Scanning


Ribbon scanning is a process in which a film is scanned edge-to-edge so there is total capture which prevents lost images, improperly cropped pages and re-scans. By capturing each roll of microfilm as a continuous ribbon, which includes all empty spaces between images, IImage Retrieval is able to run through the roll as many times as needed to properly detect frames and adjust for things like cropping and density shifts.

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For an in-depth look at the advantages of the Ribbon Scanning technique  as opposed to traditional microfilm scanning, please read the PDF file

“NextStar with Ribbon Scanning: The Film Conversion Approach of the 21st Century” available on the NextScan website.

Scanning Options

  • Greyscale or Monochrome

    • Monochrome (black and white) is ideal for laser printed pages

    • Greyscale maintains pictures, drawings and even the lightest pencil writing

  • Resolution

    • 100 - 600dpi true optical resolution depending on the film size, quality and reduction ratio

  • Image Enhancement

    • Image Rotation

    • Edge enhance

    • Despeckle

    • Crop

    • Deskew

    • Black border removal

    • Split 2-up frames into individual pages

  • Output File Formats

    • TIFF – G4 bitonal, JPEG, or 8bit uncompressed per CDL and NDNP specs

    • PDF and searchable PDF – single or multi page

    • JPEG and JPEG2000

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Aperture Cards


Digitize your aperture card collection to PDF, JPEG, TIFF and more to free up valuable space, increase productivity by making information easier to find, and potentially increase your profitability. Backed by decades of experience, Image Retrieval handles 16mm and 35mm aperture cards with a variety of options to give you the faithfully scanned information your business needs.

  • 16mm and 35mm

  • MIL, ISO and DINSilver aperture cards

  • Hollerith code capture with output to text

  • 8bit greyscale or bi-tonal images

  • 200-400dpi resolution

  • Output to most standard data formats

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Microfiche Preparation

Image Retrieval will:​

  • Verify that index is properly set up

  • Adjust scanners for different densities

  • Set up reduction ratio requirements for each batch

  • Remove surface obstructions

Microfiche Scanning Process

Upon receiving the fiche in our DFW location, Image Retrieval prepares them for production and inventories them, checking that the indexes are correct. Each fiche is captured using the ribbon scanning technique which guarantees 100% capture of images through edge-to-edge scanning. Then, Image Retrieval detects each individual frame, with frame boundaries easily redrawn with the click of a mouse. Images go through QA / QC before output with features such as cropping, deskew, and gamma, so there are no mistakes in the final output. The processed images and rolls are then returned to you with the guarantee of 100% frame capture. Uncompressed images are also available upon request.

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Affordable Pricing

For over 10 years in the DFW location, Image Retrieval has offered high quality microfiche to PDF scanning services to libraries, universities, governments, service bureaus and others throughout the U.S. and internationally. For low per-fiche rates with numerous add-on options, you will receive:

  • 200 – 400 dpi, cropped and deskewed images

  • Choice of JPEG, TIFF or PDF output

  • Metadata, including indexing, based on your specifications

  • Optional OCR output for easy searching


Image Retrieval aims to deliver you the best quality images with excellent customer service. For more information regarding Image Retrieval’s microfilm scanning services, based in Dallas, Texas, please check out our pricing page and contact us for more information.

To place an order or for more information 

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