Leica DFC Camera CD - Leica Microsystems Bulgaria

Leica DFC Camera CD - Leica Microsystems Bulgaria
Leica DFC Camera CD
(DFC Camera Software)
Release Notes V 7.2.0
Leica DFC Camera CD
Release Notes V7.2.0
Abstract
This document describes the V7.2.0 release of the Leica Digital Camera Software for the Leica DFC range of
cameras. You should read this document before installing your copy of this software.
Leica DFC cameras use the FireWire interface and the Leica DFC Camera software package includes
software and user guides for setting up and using these cameras.
All reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that this publication is correct and complete, but should any
user be in doubt about any detail, clarification may be sought from Leica Microsystems (Switzerland) Ltd, or
their accredited representative. The information in this document is subject to change without notice and
should not be construed as a commitment by Leica Microsystems (Switzerland) Ltd. Leica Microsystems
(Switzerland) Ltd accepts no responsibility for any errors that may appear in this document.
© Leica Microsystems (Switzerland) Ltd, 2010.
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Part Number: 12879039
Date: April 2010
Issue: 28
Table of Contents
1
Introduction
4
2
Installation
4
3
Reason for this Release
5
4
System Requirements
5
5
Changes in This Release
6
6
Changes in Previous Releases
7
5.1
5.2
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9
6.10
6.11
6.12
6.13
6.14
6.15
6.16
6.17
7
Features in V 7.2.0 .............................................................................................6
Fixes in V 7.2.0....................................................................................................6
Features in V 7.1.1 .............................................................................................7
Fixes in V 7.1.1....................................................................................................7
Features in V 7.1.0 .............................................................................................7
Fixes in V 7.1.0....................................................................................................7
Fixes in V 7.0.1....................................................................................................7
Features in V 7.0.0 .............................................................................................7
Fixes in V 7.0.0....................................................................................................8
Features in V 6.12.1 ...........................................................................................8
Fixes in V 6.12.1..................................................................................................8
Features in V 6.12.0 ...........................................................................................8
Fixes in V 6.12.0..................................................................................................8
Features in V 6.11.0 ...........................................................................................8
Fixes in V 6.11.0..................................................................................................9
Features in V 6.10.1 ...........................................................................................9
Features in V 6.10.0 ...........................................................................................9
Fixes in V 6.10.0..................................................................................................9
Versions V 6.9.0 and earlier.............................................................................9
Known Limitations
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
10
Windows 7, Vista and 1394a cameras.........................................................10
Windows 7 & FireWire controllers...............................................................11
Leica DFC500....................................................................................................11
Windows XP SP2 or SP3 + 1394b .................................................................11
1 Introduction
The following software versions are included on this CD:
Leica DFC Twain – V7.2.0
Leica DFC500 Twain – V7.2.0
This release supports the following Leica DFC Cameras on a Windows PC:
FireWire A (1394a)
DFC280
DFC290
DFC320
DFC300 FX
DFC340 FX
DFC350 FX
DFC420
DFC420 C
DFC480
DFC490
IC D
IC 3D
DFC500
FireWire B (1394b)
DFC295
DFC290 HD
DFC310 FX
DFC345 FX
DFC360 FX
DFC400
DFC425
DFC425 C
DFC495
DVM2000
Please identify the type of camera that you are using before installing the software
from this release.
If in doubt, check for the software specific to your camera at the Leica Microsystems
website, www.leica-microsystems.com
Uninstall any previous version of Leica DFC Twain before installing a new version.
2 Installation
Installation and operation of the software is detailed in your Quick Start Guide and
Image Acquisition Guide and can be found in Start>Programs>Leica DFC Twain after
installation. (Requires pdf reader to open files, eg Acrobat Reader.)
Upon inserting the CD or DVD disk into your computer you should be presented with
your options to install the software or browse the disk.
However, if auto-run is disabled in your computer or the disk fails to run, open
Windows Explorer for the disk and double-click “LeicaApplicationSuite.exe”
(AutoPlay).
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3 Reason for this Release
This version releases new functionality and maintenance that has taken place since
the release of version V7.1.1.
In particular, it introduces support for Windows 7 for Leica DFC cameras.
4 System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems
Windows Vista (Business/Ultimate)
Windows XP Professional (minimum SP2) – 32bit - see Known Limitations
Windows 7 (Business/Ultimate) – see Known limitations
Please use the latest Service Packs
Please Note:
We recommend an upgrade of firmware for older 1394a DFC cameras for use in Vista
64 and Windows 7 systems.
An upgrade tool is included in this release - see Known Limitations
You will need Power User or Administrative rights for installation.
In addition, Vista & Windows 7 security requires you to start the installer by rightclick and selecting “Run as administrator” even if you are logged on with
administrator privileges.
Computer
The recommended PC specification is as follows:

Processor: Pentium 4 + 3GHz or Intel Core-Duo + 2 GHz

Memory: 1GB RAM (2GB for Vista & Windows 7) - see Known Limitations

Graphics: 128Mb RAM supporting 32 bit
(shared memory is not recommended)

Display Monitor: 19in @ 1280 x 1024

4-pin or 6-pin or 9-pin FireWire OHCI port - see Known Limitations
or free PCI slot (for addition of FireWire interface)
Note: 4-pin FireWire ports require the Leica Laptop Power Kit to power Leica
DFC cameras (12730188)
FireWire B cameras can be connected to FireWire A ports using a bilingual
A->B cable. For high-speed applications, a dedicated FireWire B->B
connection is recommended.
DVD drive, or internet connection for download.
(The software can be ordered on CDs if required as:
Leica CD Box DFC Camera – LAS Software p/n 12730217)
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5 Changes in This Release
5.1 Features in V 7.2.0
Windows 7: Support for Windows 7 Operating System for Leica DFC cameras.
5.2 Fixes in V 7.2.0
Leica DFC425/495: Drawing the ROI for spot exposure in the lower half of the image
sometimes produced no change in brightness. This is fixed.
Leica DFC500: Multi-shot acquisition sometimes failed in LAS with an out of memory
error. This is fixed.
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6 Changes in Previous Releases
6.1 Features in V 7.1.1
New Leica camera: Supports a new color camera Leica DVM2000.
6.2 Fixes in V 7.1.1
Leica DFC290 HD: Adjustment of auto brightness value did not affect the image. This
is fixed.
Leica IC D: Image brightness using HSB in 4x4 binning was incorrect. This is fixed.
6.3 Features in V 7.1.0
New Leica DFC cameras: Supports three new color cameras DFC425, 425 C, 495, and
a new monochrome camera DFC345 FX.
Language: The DFC500 Twain User Interface can now be switched between
languages while it is running.
Leica Demo camera is always installed by default.
6.4 Fixes in V 7.1.0
DFC295: Sometimes occasional images were lost when making a series of rapid
captures (eg in LAS Multi-Step or Power Mosaic). This is fixed.
Japanese installer: The last screen of the installer in Japanese produced incorrect
text, and is now fixed.
Japanese and Chinese text was not always displayed correctly in the Twain UI. This
is fixed.
6.5 Fixes in V 7.0.1
Shading references: Shading references sometimes failed or produced incorrect
images especially in binning formats. This is fixed.
Swedish: Start-up of Leica DFCTwain on Swedish Windows produced an error
message. This is fixed.
6.6 Features in V 7.0.0
Language: The DFCTwain User Interface can be switched between languages while
it is running. This applies to all DFC cameras except the DFC500.
Task bar icon: There is a new Windows task bar icon while DFCTwain is running.
This is in addition to the icon for the host application.
Captured Image: For DFC cameras with binning formats, the image is now captured
at the same brightness as the live image, and applies if High Sensitivity Binning is on
or off.
Image Exposure: The displayed exposure time is now the real value applied to the
captured image. The exposure applied to the live may be different to the displayed
exposure, depending on binning format and High Sensitivity Binning.
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Black and White Levels: In common with Leica Application Suite, black and white
levels are now displayed in the range 0 – 255 (and no longer 0 – 100).
The maximum value of 100 in previous versions is the same level applied in the latest
version with the new maximum of 255.
6.7 Fixes in V 7.0.0
Auto White Level: If HQ mode was selected, the auto-white level jumped to a low
value. This is fixed.
6.8 Features in V 6.12.1
Leica DFC Cameras: New capture software signal to enable earlier movement of
automated microscope hardware. Applies to all DFC cameras except the DFC500.
Camera configurations: A new option to save the current configuration without
having to specify a new configuration name.
6.9 Fixes in V 6.12.1
Auto Exposure: Some cameras defaulted to a maximum 300 ms and this is fixed.
The default maximum is 1 second, except for the DFC290 HD which is 300ms.
Leica DFC310 FX: When making a shading reference on a colour image, the image
switched to monochrome. This is fixed.
Acquire button: Sometimes if the button was clicked more than once, this resulted in
the application freezing. This is fixed
6.10 Features in V 6.12.0
New Leica DFC Cameras: Support for Leica DFC295 and DFC310 FX cameras. These
cameras have a 1394b connector, and require a 1349b cable connected to a 1394b
FireWire port, or an A->B cable connected to a 1394a port.
Leica IC 3D: F7 key captures a pair of stereo images labelled “L” & “R”.
Leica DFCTwain “Extra” tree is now available by a mouse Right-Click alone.
6.11 Fixes in V 6.12.0
Leica DFC Twain: Some installations did not update the camera software correctly.
This is fixed.
Leica DFC500: Auto exposure at start-up was not always applied correctly. This is
fixed.
Shading files are now created and loaded for each serial number-specific camera.
Long exposures over 3.9 seconds in 1394b cameras were captured as black. This is
fixed.
White Balance produced some erratic results especially in dark areas. This is fixed.
6.12 Features in V 6.11.0
New Leica DFC Cameras: Support for Leica DFC400 and DFC290 HD cameras. These
cameras have a 1394b connector, and require a 1349b cable connected to a 1394b
FireWire port, or an A->B cable connected to a 1394a port.
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New Demo Camera: Ability to show Leica DFC Twain without specific camera
hardware.
6.13 Fixes in V 6.11.0
Leica DFC500: With a shading reference active, changing the color balance caused
the shading to become inactive. This is fixed - but see Known Limitations.
Leica DFC290: Calibration in UXGA format was incorrect. This is fixed.
Leica DFC Twain: Some installations did not update the camera software correctly.
This is fixed.
6.14 Features in V 6.10.1
Image Capture: Improved image capture progress feedback.
6.15 Features in V 6.10.0
Leica DFC360 FX: This version introduces the Leica DFC360 FX.
This camera has a 1394b (800 Mb/s) FireWire connector, but can run on an existing
1394a port with an A->B cable.
Vista: This version fully supports Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit Operating
Systems).
64-bit Operating Systems: Existing DFC cameras require a minimum firmware 1.9.0 to
be recognised on any Vista or XP 64-bit operating systems. (The current firmware
version for existing DFC cameras is 1.8.0.)
An upgrade tool is included. The upgrade must be done on a 32-bit operating system
before attempting to connect the camera to a 64-bit system.
See Known Limitations.
Version information: Camera library and firmware versions are displayed in the
Twain version information.
6.16 Fixes in V 6.10.0
Shading: Creating shading references caused random unexpected behaviour in DFC
cameras. This is fixed.
High Sensitivity Binning: In Leica DFC FX cameras, by default this is now set to off, so
that binned and non-binned modes appear as the same brightness.
6.17 Versions V 6.9.0 and earlier
These versions did not fully support Vista or 64 bit operating systems. Please ask
Leica support for any further information.
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7 Known Limitations
7.1 Windows 7, Vista and 1394a cameras
Window 7 and Vista have security levels which are different to Windows XP.
Installing drivers for older 1394a cameras may display a Windows Security message:
It is safe to install drivers for these cameras. However in order to avoid this security
message in future it is recommended to update the camera firmware to version 1.9.
This applies to the following Leica DFC cameras only:

280, 290, 300 FX, 340 FX, 350 FX, 320, 420, 480, 490, IC D, IC 3D.
Please note:

It is not necessary to update the firmware for continued use on Windows XP.

It is not necessary for 1394b cameras.

After updating the camera firmware, the camera will only work with Leica
DFC Twain v6.10.0 or later, for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
Update procedure
A method is provided in the Leica DFCTwain installation package, and the firmware
update can be done in the following way:
After installing Leica DFCTwain, connect the camera you wish to update, to the
computer.
Close any application that may be using the camera.
Start the updater program DFCfwupdate.exe, located in
~:\WINDOWS\twain_32\Leica DC\DFC6:
You will be presented with the following window:
If Existing DSP Firmware version shows less than 1.9.0, the status message will show
“Click Update to update firmware…”. Click the Update button and follow the
instructions. Otherwise click [x] to abort the updating process.
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Do not interrupt and do not unplug the camera during the updating process until you
are asked to do so.
It is part of the process to unplug the camera briefly. After reconnecting the camera,
you will be presented with a new Found New Hardware Wizard. Click Next and
install the software automatically.
If successful, you can check that the new firmware version 1.9.0 is displayed, by
clicking Check Camera.
At the end of the process, click [x] to exit. You can now use the camera.
If the update fails in some way please contact Leica support with details at:
di.support@leica-microsystems.com
7.2 Windows 7 & FireWire controllers
Not all FireWire controller cards are fully supported by Windows 7.
The following cards are recommended:
Manufacturer
1394b
IOI
Zenkuman
IOI
1394a
LaCie
Model
Ports
Chipset
Leica Article Nr
FWB-PCI 02
PFW-85
FWB-PCIE
1X21B
2-port 1394b PCI-64
2-port 1394b PCI-32
3-port 1394b PCI
Express
Texas Instruments 11 600 274
Texas Instruments 36 000 191
Agere
12 730 210
107355
3+1 port 1394a PCI-32
VIA
12730183
7.3 Leica DFC500

It is advised to use the Leica Camera Power kit (p/n 12730188) with Leica
DFC500 cameras.

Firmware for the Leica DFC500 should be at least version 2.1.

Shading now incorporates a White Balance. While a shading reference is
active, it is not possible to make a separate White Balance or change the
color balance.

DFC500 will not work correctly on systems with 4 GB RAM or larger.
7.4 Windows XP SP2 or SP3 + 1394b
Windows XP Service Pack 2 introduced some problems with FireWire transmission,
which affected live and captured images when using 1394b controllers (800Mb/s).
As a result Microsoft has acknowledged a bug in the following communication:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/885222 A patch download is available from this
page.
If you installed the above patch and have upgraded from Windows XP SP2 to SP3,
you may also need to install a further patch from Microsoft:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/955408
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Stereo and Macroscope Systems
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Switzerland
Leica DFC Camera Release Notes
Customer Support Tel: +44 1223 401824
Fax: +44 1223 412526
di.support@leica-microsystems.com
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