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QSI Software Release 7.2

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Note that if you have installed many prior QSI software releases, there could be long pauses during the installation of Release 7.2. Do not interrupt the installation process. The installer is cleaning up all prior releases. If you have installed only a few QSI software releases, you likely won't notice the delays at all.

Load the "QSI USB Drivers and Software" first before loading any required application plug-ins.

New Features in QSI Software Release 7.2:

  1. Adds support for new 600 Series models (QSI 628, 660 and 690) with Sony sensors

New Features in QSI Software Release 7.1:

  1. Adds 'C' camera control library for Windows to accommodate non-COM applications
  2. Adds support for the popular open-source microscopy application, Micro-Manager
    Learn more about Micro-Manager>>

New Features in QSI Software Release 7.0:

  1. Adds support for RS Series cameras
  2. Adds support for external shutter input trigger for RS Series cameras
  3. Low level FTDI USB device driver now distributed via Windows Update
    (Driver is now WinQual signed)
  4. .Net 2.0 required on target computer. .Net 2.0 should be installed by default on Windows Vista or later, Windows XP SP3 users should download .Net 2.0 from Microsoft if it's not already installed.
  5. New QSI Camera Updater utility
  6. Fixed Autozero bug on Linux distribution
  7. Fixed EGAIN reporting on 500 Series cameras with Gain "Auto"
  8. Added two minor interface changes for TheSkyX plugin

New Features in QSI Software Release 6.5:

  1. Adds "Auto" Gain setting

With Gain set to "Auto" the camera gain will automatically be set to the recommended "High" gain when exposing an image with 1x1 binning and "Low" gain with all other binning settings. Default Gain is "High". Select Gain "Auto" one time in your camera control application. The Gain setting is persistent and will remain set to "Auto" unless manually changed again.

New Features in QSI Software Release 6.4:

  1. Adds support for changing Read Mode in MaxIm Autosave dialog box
    See included QSI 500/600 Series User Guide v2.1 for details
  2. Updates plug-in for TheSkyX on Windows
  3. Adds plug-in for TheSkyX on Macintosh (see Software page for details)
  4. New MATLAB Image Acquisition Toolbox adapter (see below for details)
  5. QSI user guides have been relocated to C:\Program Files\QSI\Manuals

Release 6.4 adds an Image Acquisition Toolbox adaptor for MathWorks MATLAB. The qsiimaq adaptor dll is installed as part of the QSI software and drivers installation. No extra installation proceedure is required. See the readme file in the: C:\Program Files\QSI\MATLAB folder for more information.

Prior to release 6.4 the QSI Windows API had nine properties with enumerated arguments. The enums had the same name as the associated property. This caused a conflict with early binding applications using the #import directive. The properties were silently renamed adding a "_" to the property name during import. In release 6.1, the enumerations have been renamed to avoid the conflict. The new enumerations are: CameraStateEnum; FanModeEnum; FlushCyclesEnum; PreExposureFlushEnum; ShutterModeEnum; ShutterPriorityEnum; CameraGainEnum; AntiBloomingEnum; ReadoutSpeedEnum; Programs using properties with these enum will have to be updated to use these names and then recompiled. This is a compile-time only issue.  After updating your source code with the new "Enum" enumerations, the compiled program will still run fine on computers running earlier software releases.

New Features in QSI Software Release 6.0:

  1. Adds support for QSI 600 Series cameras and all new functionality in those models
    See included QSI 500/600 Series User Guide v2.0 for details
  2. Updates low level USB driver to 2.8.14
  3. Adds new plug-in for TheSkyX on Windows
  4. Fix ASCOM device registration for ASCOM 5.5 platform
  5. New QSI 500/600 Series User Guide v2.0
  6. Updates Linux API to use FTDI driver library or open source libftdi drivers
    (See QSI Linux API Reference v6.0 for details)

New Features is QSI Software Release 5.5:

  1. Adds gain selection to MaxIm DL Pro v5 Autosave sequences
  2. Adds "Mask Pixels" function to driver and all supported application plug-ins
    See included QSI 500 Series User Guide v1.9 for details
  3. New QSI 500 Series User Guide v1.9
  4. Maxim plug-in installer now automatically updates all MaxIm installations in a single step.
  5. Release disk includes QSI API for Linux, release 5.4

The camera control dialogs were also reorganized a bit in version 5.5 to make them consistent across all applications. Functions that are not supported by a given camera model or application are grayed out.

Note: Windows 2000 is no longer supported

New Features is QSI Software Release 5.2:

  1. Fully supports Windows Vista and Windows 7 on both 32 bit and 64 bit platforms.
    Note: All QSI supplied plug-ins remain 32 bit executables, as required by their
              respective host applications (but will run on 64 bit machines).

  2. Installs latest low-level USB drivers.
  3. Adds full support for QSI 583 cameras.
  4. Resolves possible conflicts with some other USB devices.
  5. Bug fixes for retaining filter offsets in the API and for USB ftdi bus enumeration and device conflict detection.
  6. Adds overscan control to the QSI camera Updater.
  7. QSI API DLL implemented in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions.
  8. Release disc includes QSI API for Linux, release 5.2.1

Software Installation steps:

Note: After installing the new drivers, be sure to update the plug-ins for your camera control applications.

  1. Download ISO CD image or the QSI USB Drivers and Software Installer
  2. If you wish to install from a physical CD, burn the ISO image to a CD.
    Insert the CD to autorun the setup menu, or run “menu.exe”
    in the root directory of the release files.
  3. Install QSI Camera Software. No need to uninstall old version first.
  4. Install QSI MaxIm plug-in (if running MaxIm )
    No need to re-install MaxIm LE…you just need to install the new plug-in.

    If you are running MaxIm V5, you will need to navigate to the correct MaxIm directory.
  5. Install other software plug-ins as desired. Download installers if not running from CD.

Firmware Installation Steps:

  1. Download the firmware file and unzip it to a directory on your hard drive.
  2. Plug in camera. Connect USB cable.
  3. Launch the firmware Updater ("Programs > QSI > Updater). Refer to the QSI 500 Series User Guide for complete details on using the firmware Updater application.
  4. Browse to firmware file downloaded above,
    QSIFirmware-03.05.15-05.02.03-05.02.05-05-02-06.zip.
    This is a universal firmware file with the latest firmware for all models.
  5. Update the camera firmware.
  6. When the update completes, power cycle the camera. You should now be running the latest firmware.

Linux

  1. Release disk also contains an update of the Linux API in \Linux\qsiapi-5.4.0.tar.gz
  2. Transfer file to a Linux machine, unzip and follow instructions to install the Linux API.

View the README file for the prior software release version 4.5>>


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