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Installation Notes

Software Control

GUI
Graphical User Interface (GUI) Lumencor GUIs provide a simple software interface for light source on/off switching and intensity control from a USB-connected computer running the Windows operating system. Lumencor light engines utilize a FTDI USB UART (universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter) and connect to the host computer via a virtual COM port (VCP). It is generally necessary to install a VCP driver, which may be downloaded below. Unzip the download folder and run the enclosed Windows executable to install the driver. Successful installation is indicated by the appearance of “USB Serial Port (COM #)” under the “Ports (COM &LPT)” tab in the Windows Device Manager. # is the COM port number assigned by the operating system to the VCP. The COM port number assigned to the VCP should correspond to the one selected in the COM port dialog box in the GUI.

The SPECTRA GUI may be used to control a 3 through 7 color SPECTRA or a SPECTRAX.

The SOLA SE GUI can be installed by downloading and running the installer below.

Image Acquisition Control Software

Third Party Image Acquisition Control Software

Many third-party image acquisition control software platforms support co-ordinated operation of Lumencor light engines with cameras and other peripherals.  The light engine is addressed via serial communication from the host computer.  Lumencor light engines utilize a FTDI USB UART (universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter) and connect to the host computer via a virtual COM port (VCP). It is generally necessary to install a VCP driver, which may be downloaded here.  Depending on your application, the host computer may also address the TTL or light output gate port, usually via hardware peripherals such as digital acquisition (DAQ) cards.

Follow the links below for information on downloading and installing the driver(s) of choice. The list is growing and if you don’t see a particular software package listed, please send an e-mail inquiry to our Technical Support desk.

SOFTWARE PACKAGE LIDA SPECTRA SPECTRA X SOLA SE# NOTES
HCImageyesyes yes yesGo to Hamamatsu website for details
iVision-Mac yes yes yes Go to BioVision website for details
LabViewyes yes yes LabVIEW DLL support files available from Lumencor
Leica LAS Xyes yes yes Go to Leica Microsystems website 
Matlabyes yes yesSample code available from Lumencor
MetaMorphyesyes yes yes Go to Molecular Devices website for more details
Micro-Manageryes*yes yes yes Go to Micro-Manager website for details
Nikon NIS-Elementsyesyes yes yes Go to NIS-Elements website for details
Olympus cellSensyes yes yes Go to Olympus website for details
SlideBook yes yes yesGo to Intelligent Imaging Innovations website for details
VisiView yes yes yesGo to Vistron Systems website for details
*Go to lumencor.go2scope.com for driver download and installation instructions. #Includes SOLA SE FISH light engines

Interface

TTL Interface

In applications where only the full intensity and precise on/off timing of each light source is desirable, then interfacing to the TTL port on the light engine would be the appropriate control interface option. The interface specifications are available in the following downloads.

RS-232 Interface

The RS-232 interface supports intensity control of each light source and on/off control. The serial commands are defined in the Interface Documents for AURA, SPECTRA (2-7 or X) or SOLA SE. Just download the appropriate document below.

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