open SIF

May 21, 2007 at 8:40 am | | everyday science, software

My lab has a few Andor CCD cameras for imaging, and I was happy to find an plugin for opening Andor .sif files directly into ImageJ.* I was happier to see that my friend Stirling Churchman wrote the plugin originally. Thanks Stirling!

* ImageJ is a great open-sourceĀ image processing program developed by the NIH. I’ve been really happy with it (especially the plugins!).


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  1. I’ve heard good things about Andor, but when we recently demoed one of their cameras we got better results with the Photometrics Cascade II. I take it you demoed both as well? The sales guy that was helping us with the demo was fairly new so maybe his lack of experience played a role in getting the most out of the camera…

    Comment by Andre — May 21, 2007 #

  2. The Roper/PI/Photometrics Cascade had some problems with the hardware (after the CCD chip, which is identical to Andor’s iXon), which introduced some nonlinearities in the readout. I actually forget the details of the problem, but some of my colleagues in my lab found that the Andor iXon was better. Since then, Photometrics has fixed this issue with their new camera QuantEM.
    If you want more details, Andre, I’ll look them up tomorrow.

    Comment by sam — May 21, 2007 #

  3. Andre, in what way did the Cascade test better than the Andor?

    Comment by sam — May 23, 2007 #

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