QUARTZ PCIMicroscope Image Acquisition Software & Systems

Image Annotation Software

PCI includes a comprehensive set of tools for annotating your images for record keeping, sending to clients or publishing.

Annotation Tools

Annotation Tools

Tools are provided for adding text, lines, arrows, polylines, freehand curves and two dimensional shapes to your images. Two dimensional shapes, including circles/ellipses, rectangles/squares, polygons and freehand drawings, can be filled or left unfilled. Text annotations can employ any Windows font at any size. You can set left, right or center justification for text annotations. You can specify line thicknesses and colors for all of the drawing elements.

Images can also be annotated with other images, to add, for example, an inset to an image or to add your logo.

In addition to the standard annotation tools, PCI also includes a set of measurement tools.

Measurement and Annotation Overlay Layer

Measurement Overlay Layer

All of the measurements and annotations that you make on an image are contained in a separate overlay layer. This means that they can be moved and adjusted without affecting the underlying image. You can control how annotations overlap by controlling their “heights” in the overlay layer. Grayscale images can be annotated in color.

The use of the overlay layer also means that when you print your images or export them to PDF files, the annotations are drawn at high resolution avoiding jagged edges and unclear text.

At the appropriate time, you can choose to “burn” your annotations into the image to make them permanent.

Grouping & Alignment

Alignment Screenshot

Drawing elements in the overlay layer can be grouped so that they can be manipulated as a single element. You can also make multiple selections and align the left side, right side, top, bottom or centers of multiply selected elements.

Clipboard Functions

Clipboard Screenshot

Drawing elements can be copied into the clipboard and pasted back into the same image or into other images.

Default Overlay

Default Overlay

You can define a default overlay that can be added to all of the images you acquire. This could, for example, include a Confidential indicator or the name or logo of your lab.

The default overlay can also include PCI database fields so that, for example, every image could be tagged automatically with a Sample ID or the name of the Client.