GlobiScope Analysis Software Quick Start Guide

GlobiScope Analysis Software Quick Start Guide
GlobiScope Analysis
Software
for the Globisens QX7 Digital Microscope
Quick Start Guide
Contents
GlobiScope Overview ................................................................................... 1
Overview of home screen ............................................................................ 2
General Settings ....................................................................................... 2
Measurements.......................................................................................... 3
Movie capture .......................................................................................... 4
Gallery ...................................................................................................... 5
Graphics and Annotation .......................................................................... 6
Help .......................................................................................................... 6
GlobiScope Overview
GlobiScope is a very intuitive and easy-to-learn application: 6 icon-based buttons control all the
features of the software. Microscopes today don’t need an eyepiece; instead objects can be
viewed via software on a screen in high resolution. This allows for more accurate viewing as well
as a more collaborative learning experience since many students can view the screen at same
time. Furthermore, the teacher can project the screen onto a white board for the entire class to
see and perform analysis.
With GlobiScope data can even be recorded and stored as snapshot or video clip files. Data
frames can be collected at fixed intervals or manually. The data playback can run faster than
real-time making very slow developing scientific phenomenon viewable. In addition to data
analysis, the software allows layers of graphics and annotation to be added to any data view.
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Overview of home screen
In the GlobiScope main screen the large video screen on left shows the specimen seen by the
microscope.
To the right of the main
display screen six icon
buttons control all the
GlobiScope
features:
Settings, Measurements,
Movie capture, Gallery,
Graphics,
Annotation
and Help.
The circular camera icon in the center bottom of the screen
allows you to manually capture snapshots of data. The image
seen in video screen shows the real-time view.
The area at the bottom
right corner of the
software automatically
changes according to the
different modes of the
software. When taking a
snapshot, the gallery
view
is
displayed
automatically
General Settings
Add time stamp: This allows the user to add
the time the image was taken. The
timestamp and grid can be customized,
allowing the user to select a color that will be
easy to read and stand out from the viewed
object.
Show grid: This allows the user to get a
sense of the real dimensions of the viewed
object, with the reference to the known
dimensions of the grid. When clicked on a grid appears over the viewing screen. At the bottom
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right corner there is a scale that allows the user to understand the dimensions of the grid. The
scale is based on the magnification used – 10x, 60x or 200x.
Image format: This allows the user to select from four different image formats: JPG, TIFF, PNG
and BMP.
Images saved to folder: Users can choose to save their files in the default folder or control
where image files are stored.
Take a snapshot: This allows users to schedule a snapshot, even when they are not there –
either taking a single snapshot at a later time, or a scheduled movie (see movie capture section).
Measurements
In measurements mode, the user can
measure length, angle and area: For
measures to have real values the
microscope’s lens should be inputted –
10x, 60x or 200x.
Length: This provides a ruler on the screen
which can be dragged and scaled to
measure different elements on the screen.
Angle: The angle being measured can be decreased or increased by dragging this object on the
screen. First position the angle: By hovering over the angle point, the mouse becomes a hand
icon allowing you to drag the angle around the screen. By placing the mouse on either line, the
stretch icon appears which allows the user to increase or decrease the angle; as well as increase
the length of the range for better accuracy and convenience.
Area (freehand): This allows the user to draw a frame over the object to measure its area. The
area to be measured becomes shaded, with the measured area of the shaded area shown on
screen.
Area (rectangle): This allows a rectangle to be panned or stretched to measure an object area
on screen.
Set colors: Once again this customized feature accommodates the measuring of all substances
by allowing the user to select colors that will be clear and stand out from the background. The
easy interface allows users to control the colors of text, line and fill.
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Lens: As mentioned earlier this allows the user to get correct measurements according to the
type of lens the microscope is using.
Units: – This allows users to select the unit of measurement to be millimeters, centimeters, or
microns.
Calibration: As explained, the software shows the measurement values, converting image pixels
to physical values. In case a higher accuracy is needed, the software allows manual calibration.
The process is as follows:
1. Place an object with known
dimensions (e.g. mm paper, ruler)
under the microscope.
2. View the microscope online, and
use the Length measurement tool to
measure the reference object.
3. Calibration is performed by entering
the real known length at the "Real
length"
field,
and
clicking
"Calibrate"
Movie capture
Movie type: Users can select the movie
type: Time lapse or stop motion.
Frame capture interval: Having selected
time lapse then the user can define the
interval of snapshots taken and define the
total number of captured images. The
minimum capture interval is every half
second.
When selecting time lapse mode two control buttons: “Start” and “Stop” are available. When
selecting stop motion only the “snap” control button is available. Here the frame capture
interval is not necessary, since frames are taken manually and can be later wrapped together as
a movie.
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Playback frame rate: When making a movie, this allows the user to determine how fast the
playback will be of the collected images. The default is set to 15 frames per second.
Movie format: There are a number of movie formats available including AVI, MOV and MP4.
Create an image sequence instead of a movie: Here the collected frames are placed in a folder
from which the user can select specific frames or make their own movie with selected images.
As each frame is taken, the progress indicator beneath the control buttons is updated.
Beneath that are the scheduling buttons allowing selection of capture start time, following
which how many captured frames to stop.
Gallery
The gallery appears in the bottom right
frame. It can be opened by clicking on the
gallery icon and also automatically opens
whenever an image or movie is captured.
Clicking on the gallery shows all the
collected data in three formats: As images,
as a folder or collection of images and as a
movie icon for a recorded video. Hovering
with the mouse over each file also shows its
name.
Clicking on a still image will show the image in the larger viewing display to the left. The image
viewer has four controls featured on the screen: Save, print, brightness and contrast.
The top left “back” button will take you back to the live microscope.
Clicking on a movie icon will show the movie with standard video screen controls at the bottom
of the screen: Start, stop, forward, backwards etc.
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Graphics and Annotation
There are three available modes of
drawing.
Enable freehand: This allows the user to
draw whatever shape they want. Simply
click enable live drawing box and then
draw over the screen by dragging the
mouse. Selecting the pixel changes the line
width and the color box allows the user to
select the color of the line.
Lines: This allows the user to draw with straight lines; again the width and color of the line can
be adjusted.
Text: Here writing the text in the box and clicking add will add the text to the viewed image in
the left side screen. Then using the hand icon of the mouse, the text can be dragged to
wherever the user wants it to appear on the screen.
Clear previous – clears the last drawing and Clear all clears all previous drawings
Help
Clicking on this button will open the quick start guide PDF
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