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New Features

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PAXcam Features.


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

New 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

Quick method to define a default condition for Annotations, on the Edit screen


New "auto straighten" function to rotate images to a user-drawn feature line


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


Insert in Excel

Guest entry into user-owned folders, with rights for viewing only


Measurement & Analysis Features

Angle, Circle, Arc, Segmented Lines, Calipers

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
Grainsizing 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

Expanded Scope Controls




  • Read objective position from Huvitz microscope
  • Place Huvitz objective value into PAX-it db field
  • Control Huvitz motorized Z
New 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 Version V7.8 Download Procedure

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PAXcam Features.

Windows 8 Compatibility
Windows 8 Compatible

Windows 8 compatibility for PAXcam cameras. Upgrade your OS to Windows 8 without buying a new camera!
New PAXcam Tooltips

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
Expanded Dropdown Functions

  • “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
Database Search

  • 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
Zoom to Preset Level

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


NAvigation over locker folders

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


Point counting improvements

  • “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
Expansion of reference object capability

  • 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


Expanded Calibration Storage

The number of stored calibrations has been extended to 10,000+.
Polygon Segment Lengths
Polygon segment lengths

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


Motorized stage module enhancements


  • 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 Version V7.7 Download Procedure

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PAXcam Features

PAXcam Digital Microscope Camera
NEW PAXcam model features a 1.4mp CCD sensor with low light capability! Extremely low noise in an uncooled, affordable camera.

NEW PAXcam model features a 5mp CCD sensor for high resolution color imaging.

Camera Display Option
Microscope Camera Display Option

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
Image Display Option

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


Maintain Annotations on Combined Images

'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
  • New option to “Open folder on Quicksave”. When an image is quicksaved, the Quicksave folder will automatically open for viewing
    OPen Floder on Quicksave
  • Users are not required to save every new Quicksave definition.





  • 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. 

Send to PAXit


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
End Caps

  • 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
Measuremtn Unit Update

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.

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PAXcam Features

Improvement to Zoom Functions
Improvement to Zoom Functions

  • 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
Search Capabilities Screen

  • 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

Quicksave Options

  • 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
Videotext Editing

  • 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

Outlook Email


  • 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

Titling Cabinet Drawers

‘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


Calibration Wizard

  • 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

Line Sequence


  • 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
Stored Line Measurements

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
Other Measurements

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
Measurments Names

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 Version V7.5 Download Procedure

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PAXcam Features

Camera Only “Touch” Toolbar

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

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.

Measurement Features

Popup Prompt Option for Line Names

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.

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

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

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


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

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.

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PAXcam Features

Capture PAXcam Parameters

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


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!

PAX-it Features

Windows 7 Compatibility

Windows 7

PAX-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

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

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

Edit Icon Title Within The Folder

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.

Database Field Reordering

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

Improved Motorized Stage Module Stitching Sequence

When stitching images from a motorized stage, the stitch or tile may begin from any corner of the image, for more flexibility


Improved Motorized Stage Module Stitching

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

Line Graph With More Flexible Target Values


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


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.

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PAXcam Features

"AutoCorrect" Button

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

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

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

Improved ‘Quick Search’ Capabilities

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


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

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

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


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.


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



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.



PAXcamCONNECT Telemicroscopy Module 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.

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PAXcam Features

PAXcam Video Recorder

PAXcam Video Recorder
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

Grid Overlays

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

Windows 7

PAX-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

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.

Back to last image

Buttons To Tile Image Views

Tile Images



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

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.

Fit to image

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



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


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.


Duplicate Measurements

Extend A Circle

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.


Extend a circle

Edge Detect Routine



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


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
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 Version V7.1 Features

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PAXcam Features

New PAXcam CONNECT Live Streaming Module

PAXcam Connect
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

PAXcam adjustments PAXcam Adjustments
PAXcam Settings
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

PAXcam print and email
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

PAX-it Live Support

PAX-it and PAXcam customers may now interface with Tech Support via online Live Chat sessions through our websites ( and 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

PAX-it RGB  Channels

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.

PAX-it Search

Search Results Can Be Culled

PAX-it Search Results

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

PAX-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

Windows 64bit
PAX-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 Version V7.0 Features

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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.

  Dockable Window
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.
Drag and drop of icons is supported

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

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

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.

‘Back to last folder’ dropdown list

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

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.

PAX-it database file is automatically backed up for users

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


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


PAX-it Version V6.9 Features

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PAX-it Features

Incrementing Fields

The QuickSave wizard now allows users to specify any database field to increment as images are captured. The incrementing may be in alpha or numeric units, and will append to other data in the field (field data-1, field data-2, etc). Image Management and Image Analysis software 
Cut Toolbar

Image Management and Image Analysis software
A new toolbar allows users to specify dimensions of areas that are cut from images. The dimensions may be in pixels or in calibrated measurement units.
Split ID Tag
The Properties section of the ID tag has an adjustable splitter, to further extend user’s flexibility to optimize their PAX-it workspace.
Export Filename Enhancement

Image Management and Image Analysis softwareExported images may be sent out to Windows with a database field entry as the filename. This will streamline the workflow when exported images need to be identified with a project number or other descriptor that is already present as a db entry.
One-Click Export

A default export Preference can be set up so that exporting is a one-click operation that sends images to a specific file in a specific format and with a specific filename based on a database field.
Reverse Icon Order

mage Management and Image Analysis software A Preference is added to allow users to place image icons in folders in reverse order. This puts more recent additions as the first icons in the folder, to minimize the need for scrolling within the folders.
Recycle Bin Navigation

The PAX-it Recycle area now has folder navigation buttons and an “Empty All” feature, for easier use.

CD/DVD Burning

Double-sided disk drives are now supported, to extend the capacity of offline media.


Measurement & Analysis Features

Circular ROI for Image Analysis
Image Management and Image Analysis softwareUsers may specify a Region of Interest on their images in a circular or elliptical mask.
Dimensional ROI


When performing Detect Areas or other image analysis functions, the Region of Interest may be set for a specific calibrated area or for specific dimensions.mage Management and Image Analysis software
Detect Layers Edit
The Detect Layers image analysis routine now allows individual lines to be edited, for fine tuning of results.
Custom Calculations


mage Management and Image Analysis software Users may create formulas to calculate new measurements from their named data. For example: Penetration / Total Thickness X 100 = “% Penetration”. The new measurement is automatically calculated and reported in the standard Measurement Totals window.
Live Measurement Line Sequences

The Live Measurement Module now allows defined Line Sequences to be used, for super-quick measurements of multiple lines in a field of view. (Live Measurement is a module available only to PAXcam users)
PAXcam Digital Microscope Camera

PAXcam Features

Rotation of PAXcam Crosshair
mage Management and Image Analysis software The PAXcam crosshair may now be rotated, similar to the rotation controls for other types of overlays. Rotation is remembered from session to session.
Fill Screen Preview Size
PAXcam preview size can be set to expand to fill the screen’s resolution, optimizing the size of the preview for the current conditions.
ROI Histogram


A histogram function is available for the live preview Region of Interest in the PAXcam interface. Intensity values within the ROI are displayed graphically.mage Management and Image Analysis software
16bit Image Capture
PAXcam cameras can now capture in 8bit and 10bit color depth. 10bit images are translated into 16bit format for compatibility upon export.

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PAX-it Features

Set Up Wizard
Set Up Wizard

New Wizard walks users through getting their PAX-it/PAXcam configured and running optimally.  Users select from options as the Wizard progresses, so that their Options and Preferences are set, and their databases are configured.
Vista Support

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PAX-it Version 6.8 along with all USB2 PAXcam cameras are now fully Vista compatible, allowing users to upgrade to the latest OS from Microsoft.
Network License Logout
More efficient use of network resources are maintained by automatically logging out site licensees who are idle in PAX-it for more than a user-defined amount of time.

Measurement & Analysis Features

Custom Formulas

Users may now add custom formulas/columns to the Measurement Totals table.  This allows the results of an analysis to be further processed by a user-defined formula to create a new column or cell of reported data.
Docking Measurement Totals
The different tabs in the measurement totals window can be docked to positions in the PAX-it workspace.  Positions are remembered from session to session in PAX-it.  Users may now view multiple types of measurement data simultaneously.
Advanced Binning
Advanced Binning

Users now have advanced binning capabilities for separating detected objects into bins during an analysis.

Bin objects by height, width, aspect ratio, area, perimeter & more
Bin objects by multiple criteria at a time.
Automatically split bins into multiple bins (for example to distribute the  analysis results for “Size” into 20 equally spaced bins).  Save/Restore settings for repeat analyses.
Layer Detection

Leyer Detection

User may now specify the distance between slices to make a measurement every user-defined spacing interval. This feature is in addition to the standard method of specifying a certain number of equally spaced slices over the distance of the analysis.

Connect Videotext
Users may now use the connect videotext tool to connect detected areas, to report the distance between them.
Report Dropdown Menu
Report Dropdown MenuPAX-it now keeps a list of the most recently used report templates so that you can create a report with a single click, or choose from recently used reports in a dropdown menu.
Measurement Options
The measurement options have been re-categorized in a new tabbed interface to make it easier to find options.
Average grain size
The average grainsize is calculated and displayed when multiple images are analyzed and the results are viewed with the multi-image Measurement Totals window.
PAXcam Digital Microscope Camera

PAXcam Features


Support for the new PAXcam5 camera, giving users a 5mp single shot PAXcam alternative with the full range of familiar PAXcam features.
PAXcam crosshair enhancements
PAXcam crosshair enhancementsThe crosshair in the PAXcam interface is now moveable, so that users can place it anywhere on the live preview. In addition, the tick marks for the crosshair may represent calibrated measurements as well as just equidistant non-calibrated marks. A great feature for those using the crosshair for counting, relative sizing, or simply for positioning.
Max Exposure for PAXcam2+
Max Exposure for PAXcam2+Users may now set a desired end point for the long exposure range on the PAXcam2+ cameras.
Improved Automatic Exposure routine
The AE ‘Set’ feature has been enhanced on the PAXcamEDU, PAXcam3, PAXcam5 and PAXcamARC, for more stable locking of exposure values.

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User Interface New Features

User Interface Upgrades

NEW tool windows give much more flexibility in the user interface. The PAXtool view of thumbnails, the image notepad, and the ID tag may all be used in this new style of interface. New User Interface
The PAXtool thumbnail view may be split out from the other views and docked on an edge of the workspace. A green box now outlines the area of the image that is currently being displayed in the PAX-it workspace, as an aid in panning.
The notepad may be docked to an edge of the workspace or floated. Multiple notepads may be stacked together in a tabbed interface for quick access. When switching image views, the notepad will update automatically!
The ID Tag may be docked to an edge of the workspace or floated. Multiple ID Tags may be stacked together in a tabbed interface. Fields that are required are indicated in the interface, and a new identifier indicates if the image is calibrated and ready for measurements. The image thumbnail and the image properties also show in the ID tag for quick reference.
Storage Dropdown

Storage DropdownA new dropdown list from the toolbar allows you to select which storage media you want to open, for quicker access to your different databases. The last accessed database is remembered.
New Toolbars
PAX-it now has a whole new set of toolbars with an updated look and feel. You can customize your toolbars or create your own toolbars with the specific tools you want quick access to.
Recycle Bin
Recycle Bin
A Recycle Bin has been added to PAX-it to receive deleted images or other files. When you restore an image from the Recycle Bin, not only does the image restore, but also the database information, annotations and notepads. Up to 30 separate delete events will be held in the Recycle Bin.

Measurement & Analysis Features

Line Name Sequence

Users can now create special sets of line sequences for measurements. If you have a routine that you typically measure (“Leg 1”, “Leg 2”, “Throat” then “Penetration”) you can save that sequence and call it back up later for quick and easy measurements. This is perfect for repetitive welding applications.
Measurement Totals Window
The Measurement Totals Window has been updated to make it far more powerful and easy to use.

Measurement Totals Window

Each measurement type (line, arc, area, etc) is now available as a separate tab on the measurement totals window. Just click the tab to view the appropriate data type.
Each measurement type can have a different unit of measurement, giving more flexibility in the view of the measurement totals.
You may now select alternating colors for rows in the measurement totals window, to make it easier to view.
The Measurement Totals window can now export directly to Excel in worksheet format, maintaining all of the tabs on the measurement totals dialog and also exporting the statistics information all at once.
You may now click on a detected area on an image and its information will be highlighted in the measurement totals window. This is very useful for locating the data for specific objects.
You may now collapse and expand the data or statistics on each of the measurement tabs. This allows you to easily hide data that you are not interested in.
You may now sort data columns by clicking on the header of that column. Quickly view measurements by size order, or by alphabetical order, etc., with the click of a button.
For layer and coating thickness analysis, each layer has its own tab so that information for each layer or coating is handled separately.
You may now hide objects in the measurement totals dialog so that they are not calculated in the statistics. This hide status is remembered even when you close and re-open the image.
The Multiple Image Measurement Totals Window has been updated to have many of these new features as well.
Area Detection
After an auto-separate of spots you may now have PAX-it! automatically project the perimeter across the sliced area. This also will work on manual slices. This is very useful for circular and elliptical objects that are overlapping.
You may now manually report auto or manual separations simply by clicking on the separation.
You may add manual separations one at a time without losing the last entered manual separation. You may also start over with new manual separations.
A new option for roundness calculation has been added, for “ASTM Shape Factor”.
Automatic Report Generation
Report tags may now be added all the way up to column ZZ allowing for large volumes of data to be handled.
New tags have been added for feret diameters, object equivalent area, width and height, calibration information and spot centers.
Measurement data can now be exported in scientific notation if you choose that option.
CalibrationA new “Diagonal Calibration” has been added to PAX-it! to allow calibration via diagonal distance. Instead of lines used to calibrate the system, the user may use crosshairs to line up the left and right edges of a standard that can be at any angle in the image.
Each image may now have its own calibration that is not used globally by the rest of the images in the database. This is helpful when you have to do a new calibration for every image, as is the case with some macro work or EM images that have an internal scale.
Other Measurement Features
Live measurement values are now displayed on the image as you draw your measurement lines. This can speed up the process of getting a measurement.
The perpendicular snap function now works in conjunction with the midpoint and endpoint snap features.
You may now set the exact length of a line while drawing it. A keyboard command will pop up a dialog that allows the user to enter the length of the line.
An option was added to automatically increase the manual counting feature. This is helpful when manually counting events.

PAXcam Enhancements

White Balance
The PAXcam white balance routines have been updated for better color optimization. A new option has also been added for continual white balance requiring no user intervention.

Other Features

Misc. Features
Image Stitching has been enhanced to support and output 16 bit tiffs.
Users may now import Photoshop Logs into PAX-it as the notepad for the image.
An FFT routine has been added to easily remove periodic noise from images. Great for forensic applications where the technique can reveal desired information that was obscured in the original image.
The user now has the option to make a copy of an image before sending it to a hot-linked application. This is useful for keeping the integrity of the image in PAX-it! so that original image data is not overwritten.
There is now a new menu option in the icon page titled “Refresh Icon” that allows the user to reconstitute the icon in the case that another application has altered the original image or the user has burned in the annotations.
A new maintenance routine has been added to build the database in case of data corruption.
QuickSave information may now be shared between all user profiles on the workstation, or each user may have separate QuickSave information.
Adjusting images with multiple steps will now yield only one new “adjusted image”, instead of one at each step.

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NEW PAX-it Features

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New toolbar for annotations, with easier to use controls.PAX-it Toolbar
Undo/Redo available for text on images, for easier editing.
Undo and Redo Buttons
Define a default position for micron bar placement, for standardization.
Custom colors for annotations.
Ability to copy annotations to the clipboard from one image and paste them on other images.
Ability to force non-measurement lines to be either perfectly horizontal or vertical.
Ability to select multiple annotations at once and edit or move them. You may also group the annotations together and save them as a group. Quicker edits are now possible, when changing multiple annotations at once.
Enhanced routines for moving annotations.
Excel Reporting
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Additional tag information to increase the power of creating reports and advanced JPG options to minimize the size of your spreadsheets.
Miscellaneous Features
A dropdown has been added to the cabinet button on the main toolbar for quick selection of the database to use.
Added the ability to tile images as a “Process Images” routine.
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Measurement & Analysis Features

Basic Measurement

Measurement lines may be extended or trimmed relative to other measurement objects, for easy alignment.
Auto-numbering of measurement lines. If you start with measuring “Leg1”, the next measurement line will automatically be titled “Leg2”.
Measurement items may be drawn starting at the nearest, midpoint, center, endpoint, tangent, perpendicular or intersection of other measurement items. PAX-it will automatically adjust the starting point of these annotations per your request. Perfect for welding applications!
New moving routines for polygons, segmented lines, arcs, angles, parallel lines, fitted lines, circles and rotated ellipses.
Users may now change the font on measurement text items. This is good for high resolution images.
The tags for measurement lines may now be moved so that they do not overlap other tags. This is perfect for welding applications.
Measurement Totals window can be set to automatically open whenever a new measurement is made.
Grainsizing Update
PAX-it Image Database Software
PAX-it now has the ability to store the intercepts and threshold as separate items on the image so that they are available for reporting, and may be viewed on the stored image after an analysis is run. Great for reporting!
Heyn and Hilliard methods have been added. The user now has the ability to set the line and circle length and add X number of lines and circles to the image. Perfect for customizing a grainsize routine.
Range SelectorThresholding your images has never been easier. Along with the auto threshold, PAX-it will also show you an intensity histogram so that you can easily manually threshold your images. This also will show you a histogram for hue, saturation and luminance if you are working with a color image.
Automatic Report Generation
PAX-it will now allow you to enter a report template to use when running a saved analysis. This will allow you to automatically create a spreadsheet after your analysis is completed. Different templates can be saved for different types of analyses.

USB PAXcam Features

White Balance
The ability to adjust the number of white balance passes the camera will make thereby adjusting the accuracy of the white balance.

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PAXcam Features

Quick Launch with Multiple PAXcams
Quick Launch with Multiple PAXcams
Users of multiple PAXcams may now specify names for the cameras connected to their computer. Need to switch PAXcam views? Simply select your named camera from a dropdown menu next to the PAXcam button on the toolbar, and toggle the view to your other camera(s).

QuickLink Feature

Upload images to the Internet with a single click!
Images may be captured directly to an FTP site, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Windows folders and the Windows Clipboard. With a single click you can capture directly into a report or presentation, and into your PAX-it collection!
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LIVE Background Correction
Correction for uneven illumination may be performed on live PAXcam previews in real time and on captured images through a simple interface.
Enhanced PAXcam Settings
User may now easily configure the properties of the focus indicator, crosshairs, find exposure, and saturation indicator, right from the PAXcam interface.

Measurement & Analysis Features

Save Measurements to Database
Measurements are saved to the database, so that searches may be performed on measurement name and measurement properties. A great feature that allows data mining to find particular images based on measurement specs, or to report on trends in measurements over time!
Show Threshold on Areas Only Analysis
User may overlay threshold information from Areas Only (area fraction) analysis onto the image when finished. The overlay can also be included on the image when sent via the PAX-it Excel and Word Report Generator. Also works on exported images!
Measurement Line Thickness Adjustment
User may select line thickness of measurement items when exporting an image to a file outside of PAX-it, or to a report.
Calibration Enhancements
Calibrations may now be set up independently for each database, with the option to copy calibrations from one drive to another. Perfect for networked environments! User may also view specifics of calibration information.
Circular Plating Thickness
Circular PlatingUser may perform automatic plating thickness measurements on elliptical and circular layers.

PAX-it Features

FTP Images
FTP Images
Image files may be sent directly to an FTP site from the image folder. This is a great way to update webpages from within PAX-it with just a click of the mouse!
Jpeg2000 Support
Jpeg 2000 files may be loaded and saved within PAX-it, as well as for exporting, for more flexibility in file handling.
Native Format
Users may export images in their current file format rather than specifying a specific file type. Simplifies the batch exporting of multiple file types. CD/DVD's may also be burned with their native image file format.
Topmost ID Tag
ID tag dialog that stays on top and displays information on the currently selected image. No need to open a new ID tag when changing image views in the PAX-it workspace!
Lock Pan/Zoom
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When zooming images and panning around within them, a setting is now added to affect all images with one click! Perfect for comparing images in a side-by-side mode.
Auto Open the ID Tag
Preference added to open an image’s ID tag immediately upon opening an image from a PAX-it folder, for a more streamlined workflow

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PAXcam Features

Targeted White Balance

White Balance
Allows you to target your white balance to more off-white colors, giving more control over the white balance operation and allowing users to match colors to the sample when the color temperature of the illuminator is not true white. Available for the PAXcam ARC.
Exposure Control
Allows for finer exposure control with the PAXcam 2 or ARC at fast shutter speeds, yielding more flexibility for exposure settings in bright light situations.

Optional display of crosshairs with bullseye on live preview for the PAXcam 2 or ARC, to aid in image alignment.

Measurement & Analysis Features

Analysis Save & Reload
Reloaded analysis routines allows user intervention to readjust thresholds, reset regions of interest, etc. Much more flexible stored settings are achieved, for defining an analysis routine once and applying it to other images.
Plating Thickness and Porosity
Analyses will default to the last used settings for Color vs. Mono, Areas vs. Objects and Plating Direction, saving time and reducing error when stepping through the analysis wizard.
Measurement Titles
There are now 20 available titles for a measurement that can show in a drop down list from the measurement toolbar.
Measurement Reports
Measurement Item ThicknessMeasurement lines may be thickened when using large images in reports, so that the measurement is more visible when viewing or printing.
Smoothing for Spot Detection
Edges of spots may be smoothed.

PAX-it Features

Annotation Tools
Added several new line thickness options up to 20 pixels thick, so that annotations can be more easily seen on larger images.
QuickSave Wizard
Automatically save images into different folders based on a database field’s entry. Bypasses the QuickSave wizard step while still allowing folders to be set up for specific projects or cases.

PAX-it Image Database Software
You may now tag images, reports, and other files from the icon page with a special designator. Tagged items may be retrieved through special database search functions, including date ranges for the tags.
Copy to Same Folder
A new method has been added to quickly copy an image or report to the current folder, saving steps when this function is needed.

New PAX-it V6.3 Features Include:

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PAXcam ARC Support
PAXcam Digital Microscope Camera
New PAXcam ARC camera with adjustable resolutions of 5Megapixel, 12MP and up to 20MP! Supports all standard, popular PAXcam features in its easy to use interface.
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Excel Reporting
Now you can create an Excel report from all of the images open in the PAX-it workspace. No more having to go back and run a report from the icons.
Connect Measurement Objects
You can now easily measure the distance between measurement objects, for example between a circle and a line. Connect two measurements so that whenever you adjust or move one, the distance between them is instantly updated. This is perfect for live measurements with the PAXcam.
PAX-it Image Database Software
Feret Measurements
PAX-it image analysis routines will now report feret measurements, using increments of one degree. The minimum, maximum and average feret measurements are reported.
Fitted Measurement Line
PAX-it will now allow the option to click on several points and automatically fit a line to those points. This feature is in the basic measurement module.
Measurement Specifications
The PAX-it measurement tolerances feature will now allow you to set up measurement specifications based on percentages of other measurements. For example, “Weld penetration should be 10 to 15% of leg thickness”.

Some highlights from previous versions listed below.

PAX-it V6.2 Features Include:

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Enhanced PAXcam Controls
Several new controls were added: A color saturation control has been added to the camera interface to help adjust the amount of color in your image. A new exposure "Find" function (see below) was added as well as a display function for over-saturated pixels.
Optional Live Measurement Module
Allows PAXcam users to draw lines, angles, calipers and areas on the live preview image for measurements. Send measurement data to spreadsheets for analysis and reporting. No image capture required. Includes Basic Measurement features also. Click here for more information.
Automatic Exposure Control
A button has been added to assist the user in automatically determining the best exposure settings for a sample.
Save Settings Permissions
The ability to save camera settings is now a User Permission that can be assigned or denied.

Other Major V6.2 Features Include:

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Auto Thresholds / Invert Threshold
Automatically separate thresholds in the Image Analysis wizards. The threshold can also be inverted, allowing a user to view everything except the current threshold.
Measure Line Tags
The tags on measurement lines can show just the titles of lines, the lengths of the lines, or a combination of both.
Image Fusion / Stereo Microscope
Image fusion feature will now work with images taken from stereo microscopes, with automatic corrections in place for proper image alignment.
Calibration Routines
Allows non-repeated calibrations to be stored and associated with the specific images; for working with macro stands, zoom lenses, other “one-time” calibration situations, etc.
Illumination Correction
If you are experiencing uneven illumination in your analog or digital camera, you can use the new feature to help even out the illumination. This is especially useful when doing image analysis.
Image Fusion Smoothing
Allows users to adjust the level of smoothing for fused areas, to improve final image quality.
Highlighted Detected Objects
After Image Analysis has been performed, an object selected in the Measurement Totals window will highlight the corresponding object on the image.
Feature / Reporting Refinements
Significant improvements have been made to the background subtraction/correction and image stitching routines. Standard deviation calculations have been added to the regular reporting feature.

Major 6.1 Features:

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PAXcam improvements
PAXcam Digital Microscope Camera
2.0 megapixel sensor (1600 x 1200)
Greater light sensitivity
Truer color rendition
USB 2.0 interface for faster data throughput
Auto-exposure setting for maintaining consistent preview levels when changing objectives and/or illumination
Gain controls available for preview and capture, to further extend the light sensitivity
Gamma controls available for preview and capture
Focus strength meter to aid fine focusing Focus Strengh Meter
Reset buttons for contrast, brightness, gain and gamma
Easy recall of QuickSave settings!
PAX-it Image Database Software
Dropdown lists of saved QuickSave routines are accessible right from the QuickSave button!
Easy recall of saved analysis routines!
Dropdown List
Dropdown lists of saved Image Analysis routines are accessible right from the appropriate toolbar button!
Copy images to DVD!
PAX-it Image Database Software
Ability to burn PAX-it images to DVD’s is added to the CD/DVD Creator and Off-line Archiving Module, increasing back-up capacity by 7 times!
Measurement Tolerance Indicator!
Measurment Sample
Measurement data can be formatted with ‘in spec’ ranges, giving quick & easy visual indicators when measurements are in or out of tolerance.
Enhanced Status Bar Display
Status Bar
Pointer’s X-Y coordinates & pixel color can both be reported on status bar without switching between them.

Major 6.0 Features:

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PAX-it image collections can now be housed in a robust Oracle database, augmenting the SQL-Server and standard versions of PAX-it. Upgrading an existing PAX-it database to Oracle is easy!
Advanced Database Search
New optional functions for Boolean searches such as AND/OR statements, searching by file attributes, file types and much, much more! Advanced Search
Image Stitching
Create mosaic overviews from multiple images effortlessly! Combine overlapping adjacent images automatically. Very easy to use, very precise, very functional!
Arc Measurement*
Trace An Arc
Trace an arc for instant mathematical measurements. Also includes new functions for closed ellipses and for perfect circles!
Plating Thickness**
Plating Thickness
Automated wizard for detection and description of platings, coatings and layers, with support for multiple layers in one analysis.
Flake Size Classification**
Flake Size Classification
Automated analysis for classifying flake sizes by industry standard means. No more comparison to a wall chart! Full reporting supported also.
Optical Density**
New measurements for auto-detected objects include average intensity and optical density for each detected area.
Security settings
Security Settings
Allows the administrator to lock different users out of calibrating the system, editing the ID Tag / database information, editing the notepad and customizing toolbars.
Save Group Settings
PAX-it Image Database Software
Import/Export of group, sub-group, cabinet drawer and folder titles for quick, consistent organization of multiple image databases.
Link to MS-Outlook
Microsoft Outlook
One click on the folder icons instantly attaches images, notepads, overlays and database information to a new outbound Outlook email!
Import Routine Improvements
Ability to rotate the image during import
Option to pop-up the ID Tag for each individual image or a group of images during the import process
Import Polling now allows for 3 different QuickSave settings—files from non-standard devices in other network locations can be automatically and regularly imported into specified PAX-it folders!
More New Features!
Colored Tabs
Tab colors on folders—gives visual cues
for further organization
Default color settings can now be stored for each videotext item
Option to save your reports with the template name as the report title
Ability to QuickSave an image right from your PAX-it InBox
Miscellaneous Video Agent updates
 Select All and Display All
Added SELECT ALL and DISPLAY ALL buttons to the icon page

* Denotes a feature added to both the PAX-it Basic Measurement and Enhanced Measurement / Image Analysis Modules.

Major 5.4 Features:

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Crosshair Measurement Cursor

CrosshairsChange your standard cursor to a crosshair for single pixel, pinpoint accuracy when doing critical measurements!

PAX-it Cabinet Groups

Cabinet Group SelectArrange PAX-it filing drawer cabinets into Groups and Subgroups, giving you further organizational options for your PAX-it database. Quickly and easily click and scroll from one Group to the next.

PAX-it CD Creator

PAX-it Image Database Software

Optional PAX-it Module for version 5.4 users. The PAX-it CD Creator/Offline Archiving Module interfaces with supported CD-R and CD-RW devices to easily:

Create CD•s of PAX-it cabinets & folders right from within PAX-it!
Create CD•s in PAX-it format or in Windows Explorer format.
Archive your images and files offline. This allows you to free up disk space as your collection grows, while maintaining and searching the database information and thumbnails in the original location.
Back up, share, distribute and subset your PAX-it database. Click here for more details.

Major 5.3 Features:

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PAXcam Firewire Digital Camra System

PAXcam FireWire™ Digital Camera System. Many improvements have been added to this wildly successful package, which includes a PAXcam camera (up to 1280 x 1024 resolution) with frame rates over 30 fps, a FireWire cable and PC interface card, and PAX-it 5.3 software with the new custom PAXcam interface! The new interface is only available with PAXcam, and includes features that are unique in the market, that improve workflow and productivity, and optimize the performance and capabilities of the camera. You'll love what PAXcam can do!
Existing PAX-it users can be retrofitted with PAXcam kits What if you don't have PAXcam, or want to upgrade from video to digital, or just need a new camera? Add the PAXcam Retrofit Kit to your existing PAX-it acquisition license and you have PAXcam! Then you can take advantage of the powerful and unique features only available with a PAXcam system! Contact us for details:
PAXcam: Overlay stored images on live preview! A great tool for comparing reference samples to the live view! Stored images are easily overlayed, adjusted for transparency, moved and rotated on the live preview, to compare grain structures, flake shapes, and other patterns or processes.
PAXcam: Improved image controls Multiple advanced settings allow you to sharpen the image, set preferences for auto exposure and adjust RGB settings --- including the option for Black & White capture.
PAXcam: "Realtime" preview rates Ability to default to full resolution image capture even when previewing at lower resolutions for faster frame rate. Allows you to preview at 30+ fps, and still capture at 1280 x 1024 with one button click!
PAXcam: Video clip capture Capture, save and archive video clips directly into PAX-it's database through PAXcam's custom interface. Video clips may be compressed or at full 1280 x 1024 resolution! Individual frames can be extracted as PAX-it images.
PAX-it's popular "Pan Window" now in a Toolwindow Display unlimited numbers of pan windows in a new resizable and movable "Toolwindow", making it even easier to navigate between and within images. Ferrite/pearlite results can also be displayed. Great for managing images in your workspace!
Kodak QuickSolve™ conversion routine Quickly convert Kodak QuickSolve databases into PAX-it format. Easily import QuickSolve images, files and database layouts into PAX-it!
Auto Date/Time stamp Folders can automatically be stamped with the date and time when you capture images using the "Start New Case Wizard".
PAX-it line titles can be separated from objects Title tags for measurement lines and shapes may be configured as separate videotext items, allowing the user more control over the location of the titles, their font styles, sizes and colors.
Additional PAX-it v5.3 Updates User-friendly improvements in navigational tools, sharpness routines, and angle measurements, designed to make your PAX-it experience better than ever!

Major 5.2 Features:

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Capture Board Units: Adding Videotext template on "live" window Ability to add videotext template on a live window on select PAX-it systems. Lines, measure lines, boxes and measure boxes can be displayed in black and white on top of live images using a specific PAX-it capture board (call for details). Perfect for go/no-go setups, or for marking positions for framing the sample.
Scale Bar Added to PAX-it Base Software Ability to calibrate the system and place a scale bar on your images. This powerful feature was formerly only available in the Basic Measurement and Enhanced Measurement add-on modules. Now part of standard software.
New Analysis Routines Specific routines for Nodularity and Ferrite/Pearlite have been added to the Enhanced Measurement Module. Users customize the routines for their specific needs, save them, and then apply the routines to images with a single click!
Save Multiple QuickSave Settings As requested by many users, you can now set up multiple QuickSave routines in PAX-it, save them, and easily recall them. Useful for multiple user environments.

Major 5.1 Features:

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Area Detection

Many new features have been added to the Enhanced Measurement routines. Area Detection is now in an Analysis Wizard that steps you through the process of detecting objects. Advanced features include:

  • Detect Areas based on color or grayscale.
  • Perform multiple passes for different phases or colors in one image.
  • Save and restore analysis settings, so users may perform a complete analysis on a new image with a simple click.
  • Manually or automatically separate detected areas that are touching each other.
  • Toggle the threshold on or off to check the analysis against the original image.
  • Zoom in and out during an analysis.
  • Choose from new roundness calculations for filtering objects.
  • Nodularity and immunohistochemical assays supported.
  • And much MORE!!!
Database Search

You may now search multiple databases with one search, provided your databases have the same layout.

Create Videoclip

You may now combine several images into an AVI file. This is perfect for capturing time-lapse images and combining them into a single videoclip.

Digital Cameras Interfaces for multiple digital cameras! Please contact MIS for more information!
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