Huygens now working with high resolution 4K monitors with more than 3000 pixels vertically

Monday 06 of February, 2017
For those of you who have 4K monitors we have good news:

From Huygens 16.10.1p8 onwards your high resolution monitors, t.i. monitors with more than 3000 pixels vertically (4K monitors) will be used to the full.
If you have a 4K monitor, Huygens windows, icons and controls have the normal size as expected. But with a higher resolution Huygens automatically detects the display preference and scales Huygens accordingly.

Scaling settings can be found in Edit -> Preferences, Dpi scaling.

This 4K beta version can be found on the Huygens Beta download page.

On Windows a restart is often required when Huygens is updated.
On Linux it usually starts functioning right away.
On Apple the automatic display detection is not yet not working but it is work in progress.

Let us know your feed-back and comments as we're developing Huygens for you!

Huygens Remote Manager 3.4 released

Monday 30 of January, 2017
We are proud to announce the release of HRM 3.4! This release comes with a few big and many small changes in preparation for the release of HRM 4.0 that will be majestic!
The new features at a glance are:
  • Enhanced user management and security
  • Multi-GPU support
  • Chunked, parallel file uploader
  • Support for Metamorph ND and Leica LOF files

For more information, see http://www.huygens-rm.org/wp/

Two 1st Prize Winners of this years Huygens Image Contest!

Friday 16 of December, 2016
After carefully reviewing the submitted contest images for the Huygens Image Contest 2016, we selected five prize winners . Two 1st prizes were selected for the category "Cells" and "Tissues and Organisms". The two first prizes, which are a ASUS Chromebook. go to Dr. Daniela Malide (Light Microscopy Core Facility, National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, USA) and Mrs. Outi Paloheimo (University of Tampere, Finland).

Upper image: Huygens deconvolved confocal and STED image of mitochondria and cytoskeletal tubulin in COS-7 (Daniela Malide)
Bottom image: Huygens deconvolved confocal image of portion of a wing from cabbage butterfly (Mrs. Outi Paloheimo)

Look on WinnersImageContest2016 for more details of these and the other winners images.

Huygens software version 16.10 is released!

Wednesday 02 of November, 2016
Scientific Volume Imaging proudly announces that the Huygens Software version 16.10 is available for download!

Some highlights of the new and improved features in this new version are:

  • New Deconvolution Express option: a new method to do unsupervised deconvolution to get a quick, effortless deconvolution result, requiring no further user action. If needed, the user can fine-tune the method used for unsupervised deconvolution. Deconvolution Express offers a choice of fast, standard, conservative or aggressive methods.
  • GPU support for the most commonly used type of background estimation: the 'lowest' background mode.
  • Improved adaptation of brick layout to the available GPU memory
  • New SPIM/light sheet types now include Multi View 'MuVi', Bessel beam, two-photon Bessel beam.
  • New and improved interface for the Object Stabilizer with GPU support for cross correlation stabilization method.
  • Chromatic Aberration Corrector:
  • GPU support for the shift correction method in the Chromatic Aberration Corrector.
  • New Huygens Server for communicating with Leica's LAS X software.

Getting the software
Huygens Suite 16.10 can be downloaded from the SVI website via this link. If you have a valid maintenance contract, you should have received your new license(s) by email. If not, or if you would like to have a look at the latest options, please contact us at sales at svi.nl for your license.

Do you want to know more about the new features of the Huygens software?
In case you want to have an insight on the new features of Huygens you can watch our What's New webinar, streamed live the 17th of November, available until the 24th of November at this page.

Today is the 384th Birthday of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Monday 24 of October, 2016
Today is the 384th Birthday of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (October 24, 1632 – August 26, 1723). Van Leeuwenhoek was a Dutch scientist and is widely known as "the Father of Microbiology".
He is best known for his work on the improvement of the microscope, and is considered to be the first microbiologist.
van Leeuwenhoek was a member of the Royal Society in London and was in close contact with fellow member Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), our Software's icon. Both renowned scientists have greatly contributed to the fields of optics and microscopy.

The picture on the left is a portrait of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek by Jan Verkolje, the painting is located at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Measuring the 3D STED-PSF with a new Type of Fluorescent Beads

Wednesday 28 of September, 2016
GATTAquant has recently launched a new type of fluorescent beads for super-resolution microscopy. In combination with state-of the-art STED microscopes such as the Leica TCS SP8 STED 3X and high-end image restoration methods available in the Huygens Software, it is shown that these new GATTA-Beads can be used for accurate STED PSF characterization in 3D. Read more in the latest article on Leica Science Lab.

Are you interested in testing the availability of the Huygens-Leica data exchange option?

Wednesday 14 of September, 2016
A convenient direct connection between the Leica software and the Huygens software is available for exporting images directly from the Leica acquisition software to Huygens Essential and Professional, and vice-versa. You can check here if your current software configuration supports this option. We are happy to help you at sales at svi.nl if you have further inquiries or if you are interested in testing it!

Huygens Software version 16.05 released!

Friday 29 of July, 2016
Scientific Volume Imaging proudly announces Huygens Software version 16.05.

Some highlights of the new and improved features in this new version are:

  • Improved Stitcher, now including Tiff support and available as an option for Huygens Essential
  • New Excitation Mode settings to accommodate different SPIM/Lightsheet setups
  • New Contrast/Gamma editor plus SUM/MIP projection modes in the Twin Slicer
  • New multi-channel handling in 3D MIP and SFP renderers
  • Cropper Tool: improved handling of very large datasets
  • New Huygens Loadable Modules interface in Huygens Professional
  • GPU status window: improved reporting and diagnostics
  • Use up to 50% more CPU cores with your desktop or server option for improved performance

Getting the software
Huygens Suite 16.05 can be downloaded from the SVI website. If you have a valid maintenance contract, you should have received your new license(s) by email. If not, or if you would like to have a look at the latest options, please contact us at sales at svi.nl for your license.

Brand new version of the web-based Huygens Remote Manager downloadable with many extensions and improvements

Monday 15 of February, 2016
On Friday February 12, 2016 a major new release of the Huygens Remote Manager version 3.3.0 was issued.

This release offers several new features such as chromatic aberration correction, SPIM deconvolution, GPU support, template import from data files and Huygens Suite, a much faster and powerful OMERO connector and much more!

The Huygens Remote Manager is the webinterface to the Huygens Core. Hundreds of simultaneous users of Huygens can deconvolve their data wherever and when they want to do so via an(y) internet connection.

Huge data-sets are processed quickly and effectively.

Many facilities have it running already. If you want to joint that fastly growing group of HRM-HuCore users contact sales at svi.nl for more details and take a look at the HRM downloadpage

Please make sure to follow the step-by-step upgrade instructions if you are already running HRM 3.2.2 or older.

If you are installing from scratch, our extensive installation instructions should provide you with all the help you need:

The complete list of new features includes:

  • Create image templates from an image file
  • Import image templates from Huygens microscopy templates (.hgsm)
  • Import restoration templates from Huygens restoration templates (.hgsd)
  • Add support for GPU deconvolution
  • Add support for SPIM deconvolution
  • Add chromatic aberration correction
  • Faster and more powerful OMERO connector:
    • Complete rewrite in Python to use the native OMERO API
    • Support for downloading multiple files at once from OMERO
    • Support for OMERO image previews
    • Status caching and on-demand loading to greatly speed up OMERO tree loading times
    • Support for OMERO users and groups hierarchy
    • Upload of HRM parameters along the deconvolved result images to OMERO
    • More interactive user interface (dialogs and status messages)
  • Add group authentication for Active Directory and generic LDAP
  • Add BigTIFF file formats "btf", "tf2" and "tf8"
  • Support for 6 channels
  • New LSB-compliant HRM init and Queue Manager scripts
  • Remove deprecated 'change_ownership' variable

Do not hesitate to get in contact with the HRM development team led by Dr. Aaron Ponti via sales at svi.nl!

Huygens used for cover of January issue of Nature Protocols

Wednesday 03 of February, 2016
In a January issue of Nature Protocols (volume 11, no. 1) of this year, Barna et al. described the use of Huygens deconvolution for all their confocal results. According to one of the authors (Dr. Barna Dudok), the deconvolution of "the confocal data is crucial for this approach."
The publications can be viewed here, and you can view the cover image on this webpage.