Boston-based Carl Zeiss has expanded its ZEN imaging software to drive all ZEISS light microscope systems
This will allow users to experience one software interface for all microscopy experiments offering synergies for research institutes using several microscopy technologies.
According to the company, the software meets the requirements of various user groups with different software packages: ZEN pro, ZEN lite and ZEN desk module.
The key component of ZEN is Smart Setup.
Smart Setup features intelligent functions that suggest a few different configurations appropriate for the fluorophores in a sample.
Users can then decide which parameters to optimise for their experiments, such as image acquisition or maximum resolution.
Smart Setup automatically configures the system based on this input.
Dr Horst Wolff, product manager for imaging software at Carl Zeiss, said: 'As a cell biologist, I always wanted a software solution that would control my microscope intelligently, do all settings automatically and therefore give me more time for my research.'
The software can store high-speed dual camera time lapse series synchronously on the interlocked hard disk drives.
Image stacks, time lapse series or tile images are saved together with the recording date of the system in the .czi format.
Image processing modules generate 3D projections and export them as rendering or a film sequence.