The latest version of SciScan is now available for download. SciScan 1.1 incorporates new and improved functionality including ActiveX connectivity, start delay look-up tables and OME compatibility.
ActiveX connectivity allows the user to control SciScan from programming languages such as MATLAB or Python. It provides easy access to basic SciScan functions (start/stop recording, adjust scan parameters, control stage motion, etc.), but also caters for advanced automation requirements. In fact, any variable used within SciScan can now be accessed not only via our existing SciScan API (within LabView), but also via ActiveX from external programming environments. Example scripts for MATLAB and Python are included with the SciScan 1.1 download to facilitate integration into your existing MATLAB or Python workflows. If you require support for other programming languages, please get in touch with your Scientifica representative.
Start delay look-up tables
In bi-directional scanning, forward and backward scan lines are often shifted relative to each other, resulting in ‘comb’ artefacts or ‘double images’. The amount of shift depends on the scan parameters and needs to be corrected by adjusting the start delay. In SciScan, this parameter can be adjusted either manually by the user or estimated automatically based on minimizing the difference between forward and backward images.
To avoid the need to adjust the start delay every time a change in scan parameters occurs, SciScan 1.1 now stores start delay values in a look-up table. When a user returns to a previously used set of scan parameters the required start delay is automatically retrieved.
SciScan 1.1 is now fully compatible with the Open Microscopy Environment model. The software allows users to save images with OME-compliant metadata and add additional metadata if required. Find out more about what this means for you.
- Option to save resonant scanning data as 16-bit multi-TIFFs.
- Stand-alone line shift correction allows post-hoc correction of RAW images in cases where the start delay setting was not optimal at time of recording.
- Configuration data for different microscope objectives can be easily stored and retrieved in both resonant and galvo versions of SciScan.
- A SciScript preset has been added to enable slow z-stack acquisitions. Presets will help with the composition of more complicated sequences. More SciScript presets will follow
For a list of all the changes, including minor alterations and bug fixes, please see the SciScan Knowledgebase.