Rock Imager 2.3: Image leveling; Image schedule customization; and more

April 18, 2011 by Astri Leave a Comment

Leveling. While manually inspecting a plate, you can adjust the brightness and contrast of an image with the new Leveling Histogram. An auto-leveling feature processes captured images so that the same relative amount of leveling is performed on each image. The leveling histogram dramatically enhances UV images in the following ways:

  1. Significantly enhances the brightness and contrast of images.
  2. Removes noise from protein in solution and out-of-focus objects.
  3. Adds auto-exposure and eliminates the need for capturing images at multiple exposure times.
  4. Increases imaging speed by more than a factor of 4.

Capture Profiles Based on Imaging Schedules. Rock Imager 2.3 optimizes your  imaging schedule by allowing you to use different schedules for different capture profiles. For example, you can run Ultraviolet imaging on the third and seventh day only, as shown in the image below.

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Event Notification. Rock Imager can now notify the owner of the plate via email whenever imaging is finished so that you can analyze your latest results. Notifications are optional and can be sent according to a schedule that you specify. You can select between inspection notifications and digest notifications. Inspection notifications are sent a specified number of minutes after imaging is finished for each plate. Digest notifications are sent once a day and include a summary of daily events. Notifications emails contain information about the plate’s inspection time, plate ID, barcode, location and current state.

Report Menu. Rock Imager can generate a report (in *.txt format) of all the plate types currently in use in the system. The list contains information about the plate type name, the plate definition (whether you used a reference plate when tuning the plate(s) in the system) and the plates' barcode.

Management Tools. Rock Imager 2.3 allows you to analyze how different groups are using the imager with the Group column of the Plates tab. To see this column, you must have Rock Maker version 2.2 or newer.

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RIP Critical Limit. Rock Imager Processor (RIP) will regularly notify you and the Formulatrix support team if you are running out of disk space (the notification is sent every 720 minutes by default). In the event that you run out of disk space completely, RIP will suspend itself and periodically check the disk space at a configurable interval. When space becomes available, RIP will automatically resume normal operation.

Plate Quotas. Rock Imager 2.3 allows you to manage the number of plates that can be loaded on each imager by assigning quotas to the groups. If a group’s limit is reached, Rock Imager will not allow additional plates belonging to that group to load. Group-based quotas are optional and require Rock Maker 2.2 or newer.

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