Carl Zeiss AxioVision is the image acquisition and processing software developed by optical equipment giant, Carl Zeiss Company. This software is a very comprehensive and powerful software. The commercial version is commonly bundled with Zeiss AxioCam and microscopes. The retail price for the software is $1,200 but there is a free downloadable feature limited version, AxioVision LE. The current version is 4.8.1. You can download it from Zeiss website, http://www.zeiss.de/axiovision.
The installation is very straight forward just like any othe windows applications (I first request a download link from Zeiss AxioVision website then run the executable from the downloaded file -about 230mb). The installation wizard took me through the installation process. It took less than 10 minutes. To use the Zeiss AxioVision with your Tucsen microscope camera, you want to enable the DirectShow component from the Module Manager. To get to the the module manager, select Tools -> Module Manager from the main menu.
The interface of the AxioVision is very user friendly. The layout of the application stayed with windows application convention so it will give you a familar feeling with other application. There isn’t much hidden funtion which you can’t get to it in a couple mouse click. The main menu and toolbar is across the top. The explore view on the left allow you to select different options (such as camera, image capturing and processing). After you click on the option, you can configure the options on the bottom. Click on the Live on the toolbar will allow you to see the preview window and click on the Snap will allow you to take a picture. In the live preview window, you can configure various image acquisition options. The best fit is my favorite option which allow you to stretch the colors to full dynamic range. The image is vibrant and have live in it. The histogram is very useful. It will take away the guessing work out when you have to do manual adjustment of image acquisition.
How does AxioVision LE perform?
Under low light condition
Some After Thoughts The images acquired by AxioVision is very colorful and very close to actual view (except a little too much brown/orange on the paramecium stained with yellow. The red and green color are both very truthful. It seems to be able to adjust the brightness. There isn’t much difference between low light and normal light condition. The best fit is what makes it stand out compared to TSView and MICAM. This is the type of post-processing that I will consider to be added to the image captured by either TSView or MICAM. Now you can do it with AxioVision LE in one snapshot!
The Axiovision comes with many configuration options beyond the simple image acquisition. It is the software that I will be highly recommend the Tuscen users to try it out. The only downside? There isn’t any video capturing option so you can only use it to take snapshot pictures.