PAX-it and PAXcam New Features Listing

PAX-it version 8PAX-it! version 8.0 is here!

Announcing the release of a major new version of PAX-it, with changes to the general layout of the user interface and the PAXcam interface. The user experience has been modernized with a ribbon view that is more organized and easier to use. In addition, the browsing structure of the PAX-it image collection now supports a tree-view with much more flexibility for users for organizing and browsing your project folders.

PAXcam users also benefit from the new release, with new PAXcam models, and a new user interface that is cleaner, more organized, and intuitive.

PAX-it is not a static product by any means– we are constantly listening to our customers and markets so that we can add the latest tools to help accomplish your imaging goals.
Click below for a listing of features added for version 8.0, and other recent PAX-it releases.

PAX-it! v8.0

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
NEW PAXIT.COM WEBSITE LAUNCH
website
A new facelift for www.paxit.com, coinciding with the facelift for the PAX-it software

  • A cleaner look which is organized around PAX-it software features and applications
  • New user forum for updates and articles
  • Updated knowledge base and ‘how to’ articles
PAXcam Features
PANEL VIEW USER INTERFACE
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NEW PANEL VIEW USER INTERFACE to simplify the PAXcam controls

  • Collapsible panels allow only controls that are needed to be displayed
  • Settings segregated by topic
  • Right-click on panel name to access relevant settings
  • Dock PAXcam controls on right or left side, or allow them to float
NEW USB3 Camera models
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NEW USB3 PAXcam MODELS now available, in 2mp and 4mp versions:

  • Specifically designed for routine microscopy in high throughput labs
  • Super-quick live previews available without delays or “jogging” of the image.
  • Available with the classic PAXcam interface, or the latest Panel View interface
Capture measurements on image Capture to Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and clipboard now allows capture of live measurement overlays onto the image as it is sent to the other application directly from the PAXcam
PAX-it Features
RIBBON VIEW USER INTERFACE
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NEW RIBBON VIEW USER INTERFACE to simplify the user interface

  • Organized
  • Quick Access ribbon
  • User-defined ribbons
  • Larger icons & more descriptions
  • Switch to a default ribbon upon image capture or opening an image from a stored folder: simplify your workflow by exposing the most-needed functions immediately
TREEVIEW FOR BROWSING
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NEW TREEVIEW USER INTERFACE to expand storage and browsing functions:

  • Drag and drop
  • Nesting
  • Multiple cabinets in view
  • Find current folder in view
  • Alphabetize/Sort
  • Supports Quicksave and Navigational Toolbar functions

 

Japanese language support
  • Japanese language support
  • Languages may be switched in Preferences– perfect for PAX-it’s expanding global markets
Auto rotate Auto-rotate an image to a marked feature. Quickly re-orients an image for reporting or easier measurements.
PowerPoint enhancement Sending a PAX-it or PAXcam image to Powerpoint now fills the slide with no margin.
Watermark images upon Export
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  • Designate an image to use as a watermark that is stamped on images as they are exported.
  • Set the transparency of the watermark stamp
  • Set the location of the stamp

An easy way to imprint images for copyright or exclusive-use restrictions.

Process Images while QuickSaving QuickSave routine has “Process Images” option. Automatically rotate, flip, resize, or filter images during the QuickSave process.
Expanded Quicksave Functions from the Folder Set as Quicksave from the folder now has access to all QuickSave settings. Expands how the QuickSave process may be implemented to improve workflow.
Send Images from Workspace
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Send to… function now includes PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook and clipboard. No need to visit image icons within a folder—send to your reports or email directly from the workspace!
Text Annotation Improvements
  • New option to ‘Autosize” the textbox while annotating
  • Set current text annotation style as the default, right from the editor interface
 Copy/Paste ID tags within the folder view  When displaying ID tags for icons inside a project folder, the contents of one image’s ID tag may be copied and pasted to another image in that folder.  An intuitive tool for editing database fields!
Measurement & Analysis Features
New Projected Angle Measurement
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Projected angle measurement now available:

  • No need for sides of the angle to intersect
  • Length of each side is also reported
  • Vertex location is indicated if it occurs on the image
 Option for Default Units Specify to use measurement units on the image as the default units in reports, to simplify the report-making process.
Additional Measurement Tags
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Tag image with measurement title & value for multiple measurement types, including circles, arcs, ellipses, angles, rectangles, areas. For example, tag an image “Offset angle: 32.1 degrees” at the point of the angle measurement.
Other PAX-it Features
Huvitz AutoFocus
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Huvitz microscope AutoFocus capability; adds to previously released Huvitz scope integration
New Script functions added for additional functionality

PAX-it! v7.9

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features
79-1 New icons for the PAXcam interface for an updated look
New PAXcam Tooltips Even more tooltips for PAXcam functions, for quick reference to functions
PAX-it Features
79-2New icons for the PAX-it toolbars
Image Edit Enhancements
  • ID tag is copied to the newly produced image when images are edited
  • Option may be set to copy an image before “Burn in Annotations” is done
79-3Quick method to define a default condition for Annotations, on the Edit screen
79-4 New “auto straighten” function to rotate images to a user-drawn feature line
79-5 New Annotation toolbar button to “Select All Videotext” with one click
Improved Security Guest entry into user-owned folders, with rights for viewing only
Improved Access to Folder Functions Right-click on folder tab for a menu to Close or Empty or Rename
79-6Insert in Excel Guest entry into user-owned folders, with rights for viewing only
Measurement & Analysis Features
Angle, Circle, Arc, Segmented Lines, Calipers79-7 Tag an image with a text overlay showing the measurement title & measurement value. No need to display the Measurement Totals window to read out single values!
Additions to Detect Areas Functions
  • On multiple passes, the first-used threshold can be used for subsequent passes
  • The total counts across passes may be graphed
  • 0,0 coordinates for the reported center of objects may related to the image center, or image upper left
79-8Grainsizing Feature Grainsize threshold may be displayed on final image
Improved Sample Templates Updated the sample Excel report templates to .xltx format
Other PAX-it Features
Additional Extended Security Functions
  • Navigate to a parent image
  • Authenticate an image as original, before it is signed
  • User-owned folders can be used in ES
79-9Expanded Scope Controls
  • Read objective position from Huvitz microscope
  • Place Huvitz objective value into PAX-it db field
  • Control Huvitz motorized Z
79-10New Script Controls
  • Script function for Motorized Stage Free Move
  • Script functions for setting PAXcam Preview Resolution and Size of preview
  • Script function for activating the PAXcam live preview ROI subwindow

PAX-it! v7.8

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features
Windows 8 Compatibility
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Windows 8 compatibility for PAXcam cameras. Upgrade your OS to Windows 8 without buying a new camera!
New PAXcam Tooltips
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PAXcam expanded tooltips by hovering over areas of the interface. Descriptions of features and tips for operation are given in a pop up box, as an instructional aid or reminder.
PAX-it Features
Windows 8 Compatibility Windows 8 compatibility. All PAX-it features and modules may be operated in a Windows 8 environment.
Expanded Dropdown Functions
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  • “Back to Last Folder” and “Save to Last Folder” have been expanded so that there are new choices: “Back (or Save) to Recent Folder”, with the list of recently visited folders presented.
  • New dropdown associated with the “TWAIN” button, so you can select the TWAIN source right from the toolbar. Other TWAIN-related functions can be set at this dropdown as well.
  • ‘Group/Ungroup’ added to right click videotext menu.
  • ‘Hide annotation’ is now a button on Annotations bar.
Database Search Enhancements
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  • Ability to navigate to “next” or “previous” image within a Search Results table. This is great when sifting through images brought up by a search, or when comparing search results to a docked image.
  • New dropdown next to “DB Search” button on the main toolbar allows a quick change from Advanced Search to Basic Search

 

Zoom to Preset Level
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New button to “Zoom to preset level”. One click to zoom the displayed image(s) to a user-defined standard zoom level.
Navigation over Locked Folders
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When navigating from folder to folder, you may now skip over a locked folder if you don’t know the password.
Import Polling Import polling is expanded from 3 settings to 100 settings! Create a variety of specialized import routines to handle your samples.
Measurement Features
Point Counting Improvements
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  • “Point Counting” totals are now displayed in Measurement Totals window.
  • Point Counting settings are accessible from a dropdown next to the button, include the “Reset Counts”
  • New Point Counting setting for “Do Not Increment”, forcing counts to all be related to Category #1.
Expansion of
‘Reference Object’ Capability
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  • New “Reference lines”, “Reference Arcs”, “Reference Ellipses” and others may be drawn with no Measurement Totals results given. This is perfect for defining a baseline from which other measurements are produced.
  • These Reference measurements may be stored with names and attributes for easy construction.
  • Reference lines may be included in the PAX-it Line Sequences workflow!
“No Tag” Expansion Non-line measurements (circles, arcs, etc.) can now be set with no tags, if a cleaner view is desired.
Weld Measurement Enhancements
  • “Percent Penetration” is auto-calculated from two measurement lines, and displayed in Measurement Totals window
  • Percent Penetration may be used with a Tolerance Spec indicator
Expanded Calibration Storage
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The number of stored calibrations has been extended to 10,000+.
Polygon Segment Lengths
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Polygon area measurement will also give line segment lengths, to break down the perimeter into its segments.
Rotate Grouped Lines Grouped measurement lines may be rotated all at once, for example to set Reference lines for measurement.
Other PAX-it Features
Extended Security Expansion Multiple SQL Server databases may be used with the Extended Security module in one deployment.
Motorized Stage Module Enhancements
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  • Olympus motorized scope control is added to the Stage module, for computer control of objective nosepiece, illumination, optical techniques, and laser autofocus.
  • Prior motorized Z-column is addressable through the Motorized Stage interface.
  • Stage control with expanded “Go To” coordinate listings, for more precise user movement.
  • Stage control of Theta angle on rotating stages. Perfect for wafer inspection and filter disc inspection.
Expansion of Script Controls
  • New Script functions for even more flexibility in your automated microscopy routines, including: stage theta rotation, PAXcam crosshairs, Olympus microscope motor control, and Olympus Laser Autofocus control.
  • New script functions for deskew, allowing for more precise tiling operations.

PAX-it! v7.7

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features
PAXcam1+
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NEW PAXcam model features a 1.4mp CCD sensor with low light capability! Extremely low noise in an uncooled, affordable camera.
PAXcam5+ NEW PAXcam model features a 5mp CCD sensor for high resolution color imaging.
Camera Display Option
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Automatically Minimize or Close the PAXcam interface upon image capture, for easier review of the captured image in the PAX-it workspace.
Background Subtraction on Capture When performing a background subtraction, the subtraction can be set to occur at the time of image capture. This allows faster frame rates than continually processing the live preview, while saving the step of manually performing background subtraction on captured images.
Live Measurement Adjustment In Live Measurement mode, the “calibration not valid” message does not appear unless the user clicks the “MEAS” tab.
Image Display Option
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New ‘No Tile’ option for image capture and display. Allows for images to maintain their arrangement in the PAX-it workspace, without rearranging when a new image is added.
PAX-it Features  
Expanded Tooltips New Tooltips for all toolbar buttons have multiple lines of text, for quick onscreen help and clearer tips
Adjustments to Settings
  • PDF and all MS-Office files are now included in File Types listing
  • Videotext “Settings” now hides the non-relevant tabs for a cleaner look
  • When choosing from the dropdown for “Process images”, the “Settings” displays the last-used routine
  • Standard cursor state is returned right after the videotext ‘Group’ function
Maintain Annotations
on Combined Images
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‘Add annotations’ option is now available in the “Paste images together” function. Annotations will be automatically burned in on the final combined image.
Expansion of QuickSave Functions
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  • New option to “Open folder on Quicksave”. When an image is quicksaved, the Quicksave folder will automatically open for viewing
  • Users are not required to save every new Quicksave definition.

 

Import/Export
  • When exporting images from the PAX-it workspace, a new option allows all open images to be exported at once
  • When importing images, a “Select all” option is now available
  • When browsing in Windows Explorer, an image (or other file supported by PAX-it) may be right-clicked for a “Send to PAX-it” option.
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Measurement Features  
Measure in pixels Measurements may be taken even without calibrating. Values are reported in “Pixels” if no calibration is present.
End caps on lines
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  • Line measurements can have “End Caps” of different styles
  • End caps may be sized
  • End caps may be saved as part of a stored “Titled Line” to be used singly, or in a stored Line Sequence routine
Micron Bar Edits
  • The Micron Bar may now be configured without end caps
  • The Micron Bar is now more easily edited for foreground or background color
Update Measurement Units on Image
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When changing the units in the Measurement Totals table, users may also change units on already placed tags associated with measurement lines on the image.

PAX-it! v7.6

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAX-it Features
Improvement to Zoom Functions
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  • Use your mouse wheel to zoom up or down when in ‘non-edit’ mode.
  • Zoom levels are available via dropdown on menu.
  • Current zoom level displays in the image title and in the status bar.
  • Option is now available to center the image where the zoom tool is clicked.
Auto-Scroll Function Auto-scroll function will move the image for you when applying annotation near the edge of a zoomed-up image. No need to zoom out an image in order to fill large areas with an overlay.
Improvement to Search Capabilities
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  • Option to “Search All Fields” has been added to the main database search. The item that is searched for will yield a match if it is contained within any of your database fields.
  • An auto wild card function is added to the NavBar Quick Search. If the search term is not a direct match, then similar items will be displayed as potential matches.
  • New “Search by Folder Number” is also available in the NavBar, to quickly jump to a folder by its number.
Improvement to Right-Click Menus
  • Added “Copy”, “Move” and “Delete” menu items to the right-click menu that is available after selecting an image icon(s) within a folder.
  • Additional context –sensitive (right-click) menu items for images open in the PAX-it workspace.
Expansion of QuickSave Functions
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  • New “Save to Current Folder” function will QuickSave your images to the currently opened folder. Allows an easy workflow for managing quickly-changing projects.
  • New Quicksave setting to “Save by today’s date” will automatically start a new folder for images each day.
  • Database field entries may be overlaid on images as they are QuickSaved. This is an easy way to have changing data, such as Magnification or Sample Name, stamped on images automatically when they are captured.
  • A new option to “Show Notepad on Quicksave” will pop up the PAX-it Notepad for editing whenever a new image is acquired and QuickSaved.
Improvements to Videotext Editing
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  • The mouse pointer defaults to being able to move videotext annotations, without the need to select the “Move Item” toolbar item.
  • Overlays stored as Videotext Templates are now available in a dropdown list next to the ‘Apply Template’ button. No need to browse for the correct template!
  • “Paste Videotext” will now position the pasted item where the mouse was clicked, rather than defaulting to the upper left corner of image.
  • Better handling of coordinates when clicking on videotext ‘handles’ for adjustment.
  • When annotations are placed on images, they will now show on the image thumbnail that displays within the folder.
Improvements to Outlook Email Link
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  • New email setting allows annotations to be burned in on the images that are attached to email.
  • Database field entries may now be used as the filename for images attached to emails. Attach images with a Project # or other database field entry text as the filename, rather than “PAXIT001”.
  • Image files that are received as attachments to email may simply dragged-and-dropped into PAX-it folders, as a timesaver. No need to ‘Save as File’ and then import into PAX-it!
Titling Cabinet Drawers and Folders
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‘Title Drawer’ and ‘Title Folder’ options are available directly from the drawer/folder pages.
Improvements to workspace
  • ‘Fit to View’ button will zoom images to their largest size that will fit within the workspace area, up to 1:1.
  • Toggle functions implemented for the toolbar buttons that display the ID tag, Notepad, and Measurement Totals windows. Click once to display the item, click again to turn off the display.
  • A new Preference exists, to skip ‘non-image’ files (reports, documents) when displaying folder items in the workspace.
Improvements to User Permissions
  • As an option, the last-used “User ID” can be remembered and automatically displayed when re-entering the software.
  • “Select All” option is available when checking the list of permissions to activate for a user.
Measurement Features  
Auto-Scroll Functions
  • Auto-scroll function will move the image when the calibration markers near the displayed edge of a zoomed-up image. Allows for more precise placement of the calibration tools.
  • Auto-scroll function will move the image when applying measurement items (lines, arcs, etc.) near the displayed edge of a zoomed-up image. Allows for more precise placement of a measurement starting or ending point.
Calibration Wizard Improvements
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  • Auto-Scroll function in calibration wizard (noted above).
  • If there is an entry in the Magnification database field, the Calibration wizard will now default to it, to minimize mistakes.
  • If there is no entry in the Magnification database field, the Calibration wizard automatically updates the calibrated magnification entry to it, to avoid mistakes.
  • If no entry is present in the calibration database field, the user will be prompted to enter it from their dropdown list of entries, before making a measurement.
Line Sequence Improvements
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  • Stored line names may be used in a line sequence, for more flexibility.
  • Line Sequences are now accessible by a new toolbar button, to segregate them from named lines.
‘No Tag’ Option for Line Measurements New option allows a Measurement Line to be displayed without its name or its length tag. This is useful if labels need to be removed for reporting purposes.
Line Measurement Attributes
May Be Stored

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Measurement Line names may now be stored with other attributes, including the type of display tag, location of tag, colors, fonts, and units. Different types of measurement lines may be designated to display with different colors and/or fonts, for example.
Names for Other Measurements
May Be Stored

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Names for Angles, Circles, Arcs, and Areas may now be stored in dropdown lists, and recalled with a click. Each named item may have its unique colors stored as well.
Toolbar for Measurement Totals Window
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The menu items available in the Measurement Totals Window have been put onto a toolbar, for easier selection. No more dropping down menus to select the desired function.
Measurement Display Improvements
  • Select specific data to display for different measurement types. For example, users may now choose to only display the Inside Angle of Angle measurements. Removes excess detail from the Measurement Totals window, for a more focused display.
  • Angle and Segmented Line measurements update live in the Measurement Totals window. You may view the measurements as the items are being drawn.
  • Angle measurements display live on the image, as the Angle is being drawn.

PAX-it! v7.5

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features
Camera Only “Touch” Toolbar
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The PAXcam stand-alone application (without PAX-it software) can now take advantage of the simple PAXcam Touch Toolbar interface, for a more streamlined user experience.
PAX-it Features
NavBar Search in All Fields
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A new search function for “All Fields” is added to the Navigational Toolbar. It is easy to search for a match in any of your database fields, without a complex search using multiple “<OR>” statements.
‘Delete Videotext’ Enhancement A new button to Delete Videotext is available while working with folder icons. This allows multiple icons to be selected as a batch, so that all annotations and measurements can be stripped from the images at once.
Slide Show Revision Selecting an icon in the folder designates it as the starting point for the PAX-it slide show.
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Measurement Features
Popup Prompt Option for Line Names
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Line names may be added at the time the measurement is drawn, through a simple ‘pop-up’ box. Saves time when new names need to be added and stored!
Grainsize Wizard New Format The Grainsize Wizard has been reformatted to mimic the standard PAX-it analysis wizard, for consistency.
Save and Recall Grainsize The new Grainsize Wizard allows settings for grainsize analysis to be saved. New images may be sent through the entire analysis with the click of a button.
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New Grainsize Data Calculations Grainsizing results will report standard E1382 estimates of Mean Area, Number of Particles per sq mm, and Length.
Batch Processing of
Image Analysis Routines
Multiple icons may be selected in a folder and the images sent through one stored analysis setting, to greatly speed up analyses. Works for Detect Areas, Grainsizing, Layer Thickness, and more!
New Optical Profile Analysis Tool
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New tool produces peak to peak measurements across a region of interest, for analyzing growth rings, stacks of objects, layers, and more.
New Intensity Data Available
for Detected Objects
The inverse of raw and average intensity numbers may now be reported, to accommodate analyses with either light or dark backgrounds.
New RGB Data Available
for Detected Objects
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Detect areas can now report the average RGB values for each detected object. Great for those applications where a numeric color value is desired as part of the data collection.
Critical Dimension Module Features
Multiple Objects Within a Single Pass Distances between multiple objects may be detected in one pass, using a new peak-to-peak setting.
Reported Graphs Are Dynamic
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Critical Dimension graphs may be adjusted within the Measurement Totals dialog. Intercepts and Target Line may be adjusted for a new display of data.
Multi-Sampling within
a Region of Interest
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Automatically divide a region of interest into multiple sub-samples in order to acquire more than one measurement in a single pass. Allows a quick method for multiple measurements without the need for setting up multiple passes.

PAX-it! v7.4

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features

Capture PAXcam Parameters
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A Preference may now be set to record the many PAXcam settings that are in place when an image is captured; helpful when comparing images or for troubleshooting.

Additional 64-bit OS Support

The install process for PAXcam drivers has been improved to streamline the install process on 64-bit machines.
CONNECT Module Features  

“Hide” Option for Controls
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When using CONNECT high-resolution, realtime video streaming of the PAXcam preview via LAN or the Internet, CONNECT controls on the Sender and on the Player sides are now able to be hidden, freeing up more display space for the live preview or the streamed view.

Improved Player Interface

CONNECT Player now has simplified addressing for connecting to the Sender, including the use of computer names instead of IP addresses. Perfect for telepathology or remote consultation applications.

Saved Settings may be applied

The limitation for applying stored PAXcam settings has been lifted for CONNECT users. Users may switch among stored preset PAXcam settings for exposure, contrast, and white balance.

CONNECT Streaming
for PAX-it Workspace

PAXcam CONNECT now includes PAX-it CONNECT, allowing the entire PAX-it workspace to be streamed on a network. An easy way to discuss captured images with remote colleagues!
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PAX-it Features

Windows 7 Compatibility

74-bPAX-it version 7.4 enables 64-bit compatibility in Windows 7, including PAXcam drivers. 32-bit compatibility in Windows 7 was introduced in PAX-it version 7.2a.

Image Adjustment Enhancements
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White balance adjustments may be made on captured images, and an Auto Contrast function has been added to quickly enhance images

Improved ‘Quick Search’ Capabilities
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Searching via the NavBar has been extended to include Drawer titles and Folder titles. Multiple matches may be brought up and scrolled through.

Canon Capture

A new capability allows Canon G series point-and-shoot camera users to capture directly into PAX-it QuickSave routines

Flexible Title Field

Any database field entry may now be assigned as the displayed “title” in the icon page
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Edit Icon Title
Within The Folder
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While viewing image icons within a folder, the displayed title may be edited without opening the ID tag.

Mass Print From Icon Page

Users may print images, Excel, Word and PowerPoint documents directly from the icon page, using standard PAX-it Print Layout settings.
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Database Field Reordering
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PAX-it database field order can be adjusted by moving fields up or down in the list, allowing insertion of new fields into an existing database layout

Contrast by Graph

Image contrast may be adjusted via a graphical interface for more flexibility
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Improved Stitching Sequence in Motorized Stage Module
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When stitching images from a motorized stage, the stitch or tile may begin from any corner of the image, for more flexibility

Improved Stitching in
Motorized Stage Module

Images that have no detail in the overlap regions may now be allowed in a stitch or tile operation
Improved Blending
for Stitched Images
Images that have significant lighting gradients are blended more efficiently to yield a more pleasing final image
Measurement Features

Live Measurement Line Titles

The size of the line titles on PAXcam live measurements is now adjustable, for more flexibility in displaying the data
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Line Graph With More Flexible
Target Values
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The target range shown on the line graph may be represented by any values, rather than by a single Plus/Minus value.

Graphed Values Outside Range
Are Bolded

When graphed values fall outside the range of target values, the numbers are highlighted with bold text on the graph.

NEW Critical Dimension
Software (CD) Module

74-11 New module available for semiconductor and related markets, where the critical dimension of traces is required. Includes ability to measure critical dimensions of traces based on precise placement of slope intercepts on line profile graphs, and the ability to choose between inner and outer slope profiles.

PAX-it! v7.3

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features

“AutoCorrect” Button
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New button in the PAXcam interface is a “one-click” operation to establish the correct settings for exposure, color, and contrast. Easy!

Improved PAXcam
Mini-Toolbar
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PAXcam mini-toolbar now includes contrast adjustment and ‘auto-correct’ buttons, and has larger buttons for ease-of-use.

PAXcam “Touch” interface

 

PAXcam mini-toolbar is designed to work with touch-screens, for mouse-free operation.

Fast Capture Option

 

PAXcam can be set to capture in a faster mode. Perfect when video rates are too fast to use as intervals, but standard time lapse rates are too slow.
PAX-it Features

Brightness/Contrast
on Entire Image

73-aAdjustment of brightness/contrast on images can now be accomplished on the whole image view, with zoom and pan capability.

Improved ‘Quick Search’ Capabilities
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The PAX-it NavBar feature for Quick Searching has been enhanced:

  1. Any database field may be used for the quick search operation
  2. Wildcard characters (*, ?) may be used in the search
  3. Multiple folders will open if they match the search criteria

 

Brightness, Contrast, Gamma Adjustments per channel
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Adjustment of brightness, contrast and gamma can be made on single or multiple color channels, allowing easy viewing of separate color information in the image.

Folder Ownership
As A Security Option
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A Preference allows each user to “own” his or her folders, so that only they are allowed to open the contents. This is a quick and easy method for securing sensitive information, without requiring passwords for entry.

Manual Stitching

As an aid to those images that cannot be stitched automatically, a new manual stitch interface is available for user adjustment. Manual stitching is also an option after an auto-stitch, in case adjustments need to be made.

Send PAX-it Image Directly Into Word Document Or PowerPoint Presentation
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PAX-it images may be selected and sent directly into an open Word document or PowerPoint presentation. User may send either the original image or an annotated version. Very powerful report/presentation editing tool!

Extend Word Templates’ Numbers Of Images

 

 

 

Word templates that are designed to import a specific number of images will add pages automatically if that number is exceeded. Allows easier construction of large reports.

Merge Reports Together

 

Separate individual Word documents (reports) may be merged into a new, larger document with this simple PAX-it function.

Merge Report Templates Into “Master Templates”

 

 

 

Large, multi-faceted reports may be templated in Word by construction of a “Master Template”, using many PAX-it Word report templates. Allows multiple layouts to be combined into one report. Full flexibility for saving drafts, adjustment of report contents, and editing are all supported.
Measurement Features

New Graphing Interface For Measurement Lines
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Users may graph out the results of line measurements right within the PAX-it Measurement Totals window. Multiple line names and multiple image summaries are supported.

‘Throat Depth’ Measurement

Special “throat depth” measurement item is available for weld analysis, simplifying QC operations.
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New Circle Measurement By User-Drawn Radius

New type of Circle measurement has been implemented to allow a radius drawn from the center point to determine the dimensions of the circle.

Edge Detect Routine For Circles And Rectangles
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Edge detect routine is implemented for quick detection of individual objects in an image. One click will find the edges of an object, and the data is displayed in the Measurement Totals window. Now includes options for fitting circle or rectangle outlines to the detected objects to find center points, virtual outlines, etc.
PAXcam CONNECT Telemicroscopy Features

Improved Compression

CONNECT users may choose from two powerful compression algorithms to optimize their streaming capability while minimizing lag

Improved Connection Process

 

 

When streaming PAXcam’s preview to a previous client over the LAN or Internet, the Player remembers whether the prior connection was made via LAN or TCP settings, to streamline the connection process.

Annotation Settings Remembered

When restarting the Player, the user is presented with the annotation settings which were in place when the last session ended.

One-Click ROI

 

 

Users may click once in the Player interface to outline an object with a preset region of interest (ROI). Click and drag adjustment of ROI size is also supported.

Simplified User Interface

 

 

The CONNECT interface has been streamlined, to simplify the choices to be made by the Sender.

PAX-it! v7.2

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features

PAXcam Video Recorder
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Record AVI video clips directly from the PAXcam interface, bypassing the Windows Movie Maker adjustments. Clips may be recorded at high speed for short bursts, or indefinitely at less intense speeds, and at higher resolution than previously available.

Grid Overlays
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Grid overlays in the live PAXcam preview may now be captured to the image in an editable videotext format.Requires Live Measurement module.
PAX-it Features

Windows 7 Compatibility

72-aPAX-it version 7.2a enables 32-bit compatibility in Windows 7, including the PAXcam drivers. 64-bit compatibility begins in PAX-it version 7.4.

Large Image Display

 

Large image display is improved, with larger pan window for easier navigation. Annotation and measurement functions are supported.

Back To Last Image
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A new button on the main toolbar returns user to the last opened image. A shortcut that eliminates browsing if an image needs to be reopened, even after PAX-it is restarted.

Buttons To Tile
Image Views
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On the PAX-it main menu, new buttons allow images in the PAX-it workspace to be tiled vertically or horizontally with a click of a button.

Fit To Image Button
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A new button expands the currently opened images to the largest size supported by the available workspace. This is a great tool for readjusting views after images or windows have been closed.

Copy Database Function

 

Allows an entire PAX-it collection to be copied and restored to another drive. Perfect for a upgrading a new computer, or to use as a backup function.

PAX-it AVI Player
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PAX-it displays your AVI video clips in a new interface. Multiple playback speeds are supported. The interface also includes the ability to extract still bitmap images from the AVI stream, singly or all at once
Measurement Features

New Graphing Interface
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Detect Areas totals window shows users graphs of area, perimeter, roundness and other data distributions. Users may select the binning for best graphical display. Multiple passes per image are supported, and multiple image data may be displayed in the Graph interface as well. Graphs may be embedded in Excel spreadsheets through the PAX-it Quick Reports link. Requires Image Analysis module.

Duplicate Measurements

Duplicate a line and Duplicate a Circle functions allows a measurement to be reproduced at a user-defined distance from the original position.
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Extend A Circle
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Extend a circle function allows users to create a new circle on their image, using the same center point but at a different diameter from the original.

Edge Detect Routine
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New edge detect routine is implemented for quick detection of individual objects in an image. One click will find the edges of an object, and the data is displayed in the Measurement Totals window. Routines using specific filters may be saved and reapplied to speed the process even further.

Measurement Grid
Overlay Improvements
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Measurement grid overlay is now a standard videotext object that is saved and recalled with the image. It may be edited for color and grid specifications, and may be used as a template, exported on the image, printed in reports, or displayed in presentations.

Filter Detected Objects
By Focus

Allows objects that are not in focus to be filtered from the counts. Users may set the level of sharpness required to meet the ‘in focus’ condition. Requires Image Analysis module.

3-Point Circle Tool
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New option allows the regression of circles to be accomplished with a minimum of 3 clicks along the perimeter. The 6-click minimum is maintained as an option.

PAX-it! v7.1

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAXcam Features

New PAXcam CONNECT
Live Streaming Module
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The new PAXcam CONNECT, a multicast streaming module (one server / multiple clients model), is here! This module allows the live preview from the PAXcam to be streamed to another client or multiple clients on the network (LAN or internet) so that live consultations may be given in real time through the microscope. This important technology is a must for clean rooms, telepathology, remote quality control work, and many other applications where others need to see your views remotely. PAXcam CONNECT can be retrofitted to any existing PAXcam USB2 camera system or new purchase.

PAXcam Mini-Interface Toolbar

All PAXcam USB2 cameras have an optional floating toolbar available that simplifies the interface to include only the most basic daily functions, while hiding the more extensive interface panel. Using a PAXcam has never been easier!

Continuous WB and
“Set” exposure
are remembered

The PAXcam now remembers two important auto-adjustment routines when the camera is closed: Continual White Balance, and ‘Set’ exposure. If the camera is closed with these functions operating, they will still be set when the camera is reopened. In addition, they may be used as standard “Stored Settings” in the PAXcam interface, so that an ‘Auto’ mode may be stored and selected at any time for exposure, white balance, or both.

New PAXcam ARC+
High Resolution Camera

The newest model of PAXcam is here! The ARC+ uses the same high-quality CCD sensor as the 2+ model, but incorporates pixel-shifting technology to yield adjustable resolutions up to 32 megapixels, for stunning detail.

Email & Print Added to PAXcam ‘Capture’ Options
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The PAXcam “Capture” routine may now be set to capture directly to your printer, or to an outgoing Outlook email. The expansive list of ‘Capture’ options is a one-click solution for databasing, emailing, capturing to an FTP site, printing, and more—directly from the camera!

High Dynamic Range
Image Processing Function

A new “High Dynamic Range” (HDR) routine is available in the PAXcam interface (and also for previously captured images). A single click will capture a series of images at varying exposures (images not saved to hard drive), blend them together, and produce one final HDR image with expanded detail in light and dark areas. Amazing feature for samples with reflective surfaces or other applications that require a wide range of exposures.
PAX-it Features

Chat Window for
Tech Support
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PAX-it and PAXcam customers may now interface with Tech Support via online Live Chat sessions through our websites (www.paxit.com and www.paxcam.com). This convenient method for support is preferred by many to minimize phone time and allow for multi-tasking.

High Dynamic Range
Image Processing Function

 

A new “High Dynamic Range” (HDR) image-processing routine is available for previously captured images. Images that are taken at varying exposures are blended so that a final HDR image is produced with expanded detail in light and dark areas.

Specific Field Data Overlayed on Image

Navigation to recently visited folders is made easier by accessing this dropdown list.

‘Blend Images’ Function has Expanded Features
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The PAX-it ‘blend images’ function now allows one image to be moved on top of the other. The expanded user interface also allows adjustment of transparency on the second image, by a number of methods.

Search Results has Extended Functionality

The new Search Results window has been expanded in functionality to allow folder-level functions. Use the new Search Results toolbar to Copy, Create Reports, Email images and much more—without the need to visit the image folders.
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Search Results
Can Be Culled
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Search Results may be marked for hiding, and then hidden with a click on the toolbar. Allows general search results to be culled to yield the specific items of interest.

Auto-Backups Provided
for Users

71-bPAX-it will automatically back up important configuration files on a daily basis, as a service to help restore data in case of an event which causes data corruption.

Reminder to Upgrade,
and New Auto-update

PAX-it now automatically checks the installed version number against the current PAX-it release version and reminds users that an upgrade is available, allowing in-warranty users to remain current more easily. Auto updates are only available if the workstation is connected to the Internet.

Database Backup for Copy/Move
to Another Drive

A routine is implemented to backup an entire PAX-it collection to another location. This function copies all images, annotations, notes, db information, measurements—in short, the entire collection—to another location for backup.

64-bit Windows
Platforms Supported

71-cPAX-it and all PAXcam models may be installed and run on 64-bit Windows platforms.
Measurement Features

“Add to” Excel Report,
for Appending New Data

New Excel reporting feature allows for templates to receive PAX-it data, and then be used again for additional data. An ongoing project may append new data to an existing report over long periods of time. Useful for trend analysis and other applications.

PAX-it! v7.0

F e a t u r e D e s c r i p t i o n
PAX-it Features

New docking page of icons
for viewing folder contents

 

Icons are viewable in a dockable window that can be resized to show the entire folder contents in one view.70-a

Multiple folders may be opened at one time

 

More than one folder may now be opened at one time, even from different collections.

Multiple folders may be tabbed
in one window, or
viewed in separate windows

When more than one folder is opened, the views of folder contents may be side by side, or may be tabbed in one window for a more compact view.

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Drag and drop operations are supported for icons, to open them into the workspace, to move them into other folders, or to rearrange them within a folder.

Enhanced icon selection
with shift-click

Standard Windows ‘shift-click’ functionality may be used in folders to select multiple icons.

Icons may be viewed
with data
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When a folder is opened, the values in database fields may be viewed along with the icons in a table.

Icons may be resized
within the data view
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Simply adjust the cell width and height to make image icons small (to see more data), or large (to see more of the icon detail).

Icons may be sorted
by any data field

 

The tabular display of the icons allows the results to be sorted by any columns values. For example, sort alphabetically by Image Title, or by Project Number.

Folder view may be pinned
to give more workspace

 

‘Pinning’ function removes the icon view from the workspace, yet keeps it easily accessible as a named tab.70-b

‘Back to last folder’
dropdown list
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Navigation to recently visited folders is made easier by accessing this dropdown list.

Search results include
icons in table

The tabular view of the database Search Results now includes resizable icons in each row, so that the image may be used as an aid in sorting through the results.

Search results may be
sorted by any column

The tabular display of the Search Results allows the results to be sorted on any columns values. For example, sort alphabetically by Image Title, or by Case Number.

Search results may be
given 3 tags for selection
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Icons may be tagged with 3 criteria (for example ‘Yes’, ‘No’, and ‘Maybe’) as an aid in sorting Search Results.

Dropdown selections for
special functions on the
page of icons toolbar

Settings are changeable from within the page of icons without closing the window, for more convenient workflow.

Icons may be sorted
by any data field

The tabular display of the icons allows the results to be sorted by any columns values. For example, sort alphabetically by Image Title, or by Project Number.

Quick-click toolbar functions
now remember last settings.

For example, “Process Images” button will initiate the last used process with one click, using the stored settings from the last session.

Automatic backup
of PAX-it database file
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As an aid to users who may not be rigorous about backing up essential files, the PAX-it db file is backed up automatically. This can help rescue users if they inadvertently corrupt their database.

TWAIN capture
has new options

TWAIN acquisition now allows options for immediate placement into the PAX-it database, and closing of the image without preview
Measurement & Analysis Features

Customize script bar
with bitmaps for buttons

Buttons may be designed by the user to initiate user-defined scripts for PAX-it and PAXcam functions.

Calibration now at
>1:1 zoom
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Calibration is not restricted to 1:1 viewing. Images may be zoomed up and panned during calibration, for most accurate placement of calibration markers.