ZEN software was launched by Carl Zeiss for confocal laser scanning
microscopes in 2007. The extremely
logical structure of the ZEN user interface has received much praise and
recognition from customers all over the world.
Highly complex experiments can be designed and executed by users with
minimal training and support.
Carl Zeiss is now expanding ZEN to drive all ZEISS light microscope
systems. Users will experience one
identical software interface for all their microscopy experiments. This offers synergies for research institutes
using several microscopy technologies.
The software meets the requirements of various user groups with
different software packages: ZEN pro, ZEN lite and ZEN desk module packages.
The heart of ZEN is Smart Setup.
Users select the fluorophores used in their samples. Smart Setup features intelligent functions
that suggest a few different configurations appropriate for the fluorophores in
the sample. Users can then decide which
parameters to optimize for their experiments, such as image acquisition or
maximum resolution. Smart Setup
automatically configures the system based on this input. Dr. Horst Wolff, Product Manager for imaging
software at Carl Zeiss, remembers: "As a cell biologist, I always wanted a
software solution that would control my microscope intelligently, do all
settings automatically and therefore give me more time for my research."
ZEN 2011 is optimized for recording several gigabytes of large image
data sets. The software can store even
high-speed dual camera time lapse series synchronously and reliably on the
interlocked hard disk drives. Image
stacks, time lapse series or tile images are saved together with the recording
date of the system in the .czi format.
Image processing modules generate 3D projections and export them as
rendering or a film sequence.
For more information visit www.zeiss.com/zen