nextStar software was envisioned and written by nextScan software engineers. nextStar solves many of the inconsistencies of microfilm and microfiche. Not only are there wide variations in density and contrast of the images but depending on the storage conditions of the film, deterioration of the film or fiche is a concern. What nextStar does is scan a roll of film in gray scale, edge-to-edge and end-to-end, and captures all the images in what we call a “ribbon file”. Put simply, all the images on that roll are captured and eliminate the need to rescan the film – no images are lost.
We then offer a set of tools in the nextStar Audit/QC module that allow you to clean up the images - such as rotate, deskew, mirror, despeckle, crop and apply filters to improve the quality of the image. Additionally you choose the output format and directory structure you would like the images output to. Some of the output formats supported are TIFF Bitonal G3/4, Uncompressed TIFF, Multi-page TIFF, JPEG, CALS, JPEG 2000, PDF, multi-page PDF and PDF/A.
Once Audit is complete the next operation within nextStar outputs all images as
seen in the auditor. In a production environment these functions of Scan, Audit, and Output are all overlapped functions, and allow the scanner to run at full rated speed. nextScan is the only company that can achieve this throughput in a production environment. Other solutions that appear similar do not allow simultaneous Scan, Audit
and Output, and therefore limit real production throughput. nextScan was the creator of
Ribbon scanning technology and we have the most experience with this technology and
best production solutions available. nextStar software comes standard with all nextScan