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Definition: computer output microfilm

Creating microfilm or microfiche from the computer. For approximately three decades before the turn of the century, COM machines were used to take print-image output from the computer either online or via tape or disk and create a film image of each page. The leading vendor of COM machines was Anacomp, Inc., San Diego, CA (www.anacomp.com), which provides service and refurbished units. See micrographics.