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== Introduction ==
 
== 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.
 
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.

Revision as of 14:46, 2 November 2011

Introduction

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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