PixeLINK® µScope Quick Start Guide

PixeLINK® µScope Quick Start Guide
PixeLINK® µScope
Quick Start Guide
This reference guide will help you quickly set up your camera and efficiently capture images.
Install PixeLINK µScope and launch the
software from the Windows Start menu.
Part I: Camera and Capture Control
Part II: Measurement and Annotation
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EXPOSURE/CONTINUOUS AUTO EXPOSURE
Click “Source” on the Image Capture
Window and adjust the Exposure slider until
your image has the appropriate brightness
level, or, if you prefer, choose Continuous
Auto Exposure to have the camera
Automatically adjust to variable lighting
conditions.
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WHITE BALANCE
IMAGE CAPTURE
Click on the Capture icon to capture an
image. To save the image choose the File
drop down menu and select Save or Save
As.
Place a stage micrometer in the field of view.
Select Calibration from the Measure drop down menu, Select
your desired calibration method. (Manual, Auto and Semi-Auto)
Note: µScope Essential only has Manual Calibration. For help
on the other calibration methods please review our help
document.
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Remove your sample from the camera’s
field of view and click the “Auto” button
under White Balance. You may also
perform a white balance on a specific white
area on your image by clicking the “Pick”
button.
3.
MANUALCALIBRATION (CAPTURED or LIVE Images)
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7)
Click
to start the calibration.
Adjust the bar over a known distance.
Input the length you have measured across the stage
micrometer and and click the red x.
Choose a linear measurement unit .
Press OK to complete the calibration.
2. SAVING CALIBRATIONS
Multiple calibrations can be saved under the Measure | Calibration drop down
menu . To save your active calibration select the Save Active option, which
produces a Save As dialog box. Choose a name for the calibration, such as
the
optic you calibrated against (for example 10x), then select OK to save.
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3. FINDING CALIBRATION INFORMATION
Calibration data for the live preview and captured images is found under Edit | Information drop down-menu and the calibration name at the bottom left hand
corner of the application window. The status bar is available under the View drop-down menu.
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MEASUREMENT
Once the software has been calibrated,
measurements may be performed on any
captured image or under the “Live
Measurement” option. Manual measurement
options are stored in the Measurement dropdown toolbar or under the Tool List on the left
side of your software. Select a measurement
option, choose your starting point, left
click, move your mouse to the end of the item
being measured, and left click to finish.
MEASURE OPTIONS
Measure Options can be found in the
Measure drop down menu under Manual
Measurement or under the Tool List . To
change the color or size of a measurement,
open the Preferences dialog box under the
File drop-down menu.
BURN ANNOTATIONS AND MEASUREMENTS
Select the Apply vectors icon in the tool bar
to permanently add measurements and
annotations to an image. The Apply vectors
icon is found in the Image drop-down menu or
on the Toolbar.
Note: All measurements and annotations
will be lost if an image is saved without
Applying Vectors first.
Part III: Additional Help
1. FLASH TUTORIALS
Flash tutorials are available on our online KB section of the
PixeLINK website: µScope Flash Tutorials. These tutorials offer an
excellent opportunity to view the various functions of PixeLINK µScope.
2. PixeLINK µScope USER’S MANUAL
The help section of your PixeLINK µScope software contains a complete
user-friendly manual that includes a detailed description of all the features
available.
3. PixeLINK TECHNICAL SUPPORT
PixeLINK Technical Support offers full technical support for all PixeLINK
cameras. Hours of operation are 9am to 5:00pm EST, Monday to Friday.
You may also contact them at Contact Support or by phone (613)
247-1211.
4. SOFTWARE UPGRADES
Upgrades are available at no cost for current µScope customers. The
newest versions of your version of µScope software may be
downloaded from the PixeLINK website by filling out this short form.
Note: µScope will operate in “Trial Mode” until The USB Dongle is
connected to the computer.
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