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Introduction

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The Open Source Microscopy Project "µManager" at the Vale laboratory at UCSF (funded by the NIH) aims to provide a universal, flexible and low-cost software platform for automated microscopy. In order to provide lasting value and real benefit to a wide community of researchers, we have taken the approach of building a self-contained software product, with quality and ease-of-use standards equal to commercial software. At the same time µManager project leverages other Open Source tools and components to the maximum extent possible.

µManager software currently serves a double purpose:

  • Complete image acquisition and microscope control package, for Windows, Mac and Linux, easy to install and configure right "out-of-the-box", with built in functionality and user interface for most common tasks performed in the Life Science laboratory
  • Software framework for implementing advanced and novel imaging procedures, extending functionality, customization and rapid development of specialized imaging applications


The main features of the µManager application are:

  • Cross-platform code-base (Windows, Mac and Linux)
  • Full integration with ImageJ, a widely used, freely available image processing package, developed at NIH
  • Intuitive user interface and simple installation procedure
  • Maximum extensibility through support for scripting and dynamic programming languages
  • Maximum speed and efficiency in all control paths to allow for very high speed acquisition rates
  • Hardware abstraction interface to allow writing hardware independent user interfaces and scripts for all devices used in the automated microscope, regardless of type, manufacturer and native drivers.
  • Programmatic interfaces to 3rd-party analysis environments (such as Matlab) to enable "intelligent data collection" -- i.e. analysis driven acquisition.
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