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SciScan 1.4 software is now available to download
The latest version of Scientifica’s award-winning control and acquisition software for laser scanning microscopes, SciScan, is now available. SciScan 1.4 includes a range of new features, including 16-bit scaling for galvo systems, a mirror warmup feature for resonant systems and bug fixes and performance improvements.
Visit the SciScan Knowledge Base to download the latest version.
Piezo Z Positioning (All systems)
The Z-volume can now be defined using the Piezo actuator instead of the stage. This is useful in applications that require a higher accuracy than what is achievable using the stage.
Line Clock (Galvo systems)
The trigger tab for galvo scanning now has the option of the Line Clock feature via PFI12. It can be accessed from the trigger tab by selecting ‘Line Acq Clk (PFI12)’ and works for galvo scans with a fill fraction below 100%.
This new feature allows acquired data of choice to be isolated. By default, the clock is high (at 5V) during pixel acquisition and low (at 0V) during discarded pixel-time. This feature can also be inverted into discarding previously acquired data and recording previously discarded data.
The Line Clock feature can be applied for both unidirectional and bidirectional galvo scanning.
Mirror Warmup feature (Resonant systems)
The X (resonant) scan mirror can be started before the actual acquisition so that the mirror frequency stabilises. This is useful for long acquisitions which could be affected by mirror frequency drift over time.
There is a new GFG variable which controls the delay for acquisition start, to ensure that the resonant mirror has stabilised in cases where the user does not use the mirror warmup feature.
- Performance improvements and optimisation of the RGB overlay
- Bug fixes for z-stack tasks running in Macro
- The display palette (Red-Blue clipping) has been optimised for performance
Minimum PC specifications
Below is a known configuration for running SciScan. Components can be switched for lower specification pieces, but they may affect software performance.
- Monitor: 24″ 1920×1080 – It is difficult to re-size LabVIEW programs, SciScan was written for this resolution and screen size.
- Operating System: Windows 7 64bit
- Processor: Six Core HT 3.5GHz Turbo CPU
- Memory: 32GB
- Graphics: 3GB NVIDIA® Quadro® K4000 or Similar
- Galvo: Min 1x Full Length (30″) PCI slot, 1x PCIe slot required for secondary DAQ card
- Resonant: 1x PCIe slot
Please note: Resonant scanning systems generate large quantities of data in a short period of time, large disk drives or solid state drives are recommended and should be cleaned out regularly.
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