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Software Overview

Princeton Instruments cameras and spectrographs are supported by world renowned image acquisition packages. They are ready to cater to the beginner or to the advanced users requiring complete customization of the interface.


LightField 4.2
Windows 7 Professional & Ultimate - 64-bit
New! 64-bit data acquisition package for spectroscopy and imaging. Download a 45-day trial version now!
XP/Vista 32-bit/Windows 7 32-bit
Powerful data acquisition package for imaging applications
XP/Vista 32 & 64-bit, Windows 7, 32 & 64-bit
Image overlay, alignment & tiling, auto-couting & classifying, object tracking, measurement & macro automation.
XP/Vista 32-bit/Windows 7 32-bit
Integrated spectroscopy package for cameras and spectrographs
2000/XP/Windows 7, 32-bit/Vista, 32-bit
Integrated spectroscopy data acquisition package for use with single point detectors with atmospheric and vacuum monochromators
LabView SITK®
2000/XP/Windows 7, 32- and 64-bit
A collection of pre-written VI modules for easy integration into custom LabView packages
Windows 7 Professional & Ultimate - 64-bit
64-bit application programming interface (API) for PI cameras for custom programming
XP/Vista 32-bit/Windows 7 32-bit,
Renowned application programming interface (API) for PI cameras for custom programming
Third-party software packages
Software packages that support the Princeton Instruments/Acton hardware. Please check with the software vendor directly for current support information
*Contact the factory for information on the current Linux support




Top 10 Features of LightField

1. Get up and go!
LightField is smart. Just connect the hardware, launch LightField, and you’re ready to start capturing data. It’s that simple!


LightField detects attached hardware and sets up intelligent defaults for you.


2. Peace of mind...
We know how important your data is!


LightField automatically saves every acquisition to your desired folder
and keeps track of all experiment settings in the file header.It even saves your raw data when a post-processing feature is applied.

3. It knows you...
In many labs, Princeton Instruments cameras and spectrographs are used by multiple researchers.


LightField provides an easy “experiment setup” save/load function that quickly loads your experiment settings for you.


4. Streams of data...
Need to capture data over an extended
period of time?


Thanks to its native 64-bit architecture,
LightField is not only able to utilize all the
memory (RAM) available on your computer, it can stream multi-gigabyte pixel data directly
into the hard drive, all without missing a beat.


5. Unite!
Multi-camera control, multi-spectrograph


LightField controls each of the Princeton
Instruments cameras and spectrographs in your lab from a single computer.


6. Simpler spectrograph alignment... LightField’s ROI and Peak Find features
help you align your camera on your spectrograph more quickly than ever before.


Go from out-of-the-box to spectral
acquisition in minutes!


7. What's new with Step & Glue?
Traditional approaches can be plagued by a
host of spectral artifacts. Our Intensity Calibration routine automatically corrects these artifacts, delivering a spectrum free of instrumental bias.


For the first time, high resolution and a broad
spectral range can be achieved simultaneously
with no compromises!

8. It's all about timing!
Every frame (or sub-frame in kinetics readout mode) is automatically hardware time stamped with 1 μsec accuracy and stored in the file data.


Simply perform a cross-section analysis on a sequence of frames to quickly gain insight into the temporal nature of your data.


9. Search and decide.
Cameras and spectrographs can have a multitude of settings, but only a few are used routinely.


LightField’s smart search function
quickly directs you to the controls you want, as you type.You can even build your own custom settings dock to access frequently used settings!

10. Powerful, yet easy!
No marketing hyperbole here. LightField allows complete control over supported Princeton Instruments cameras and spectrographs.


All available readout modes, such as frame
transfer, kinetics, spectra kinetics (microsecond time resolution), and custom chip (>10 kHz frame rates), are supported.



Princeton Instruments WinView is a 32-bit Windows® software package for digital imaging. WinView provides comprehensive image acquisition, display, processing, and archiving functions so you can perform complete data acquisition and analysis without having to rely upon third-party software. WinView also facilitates snap-ins and Macro-record functionality to permit easy user customization of any function or sequence. Other salient features of WinView include

  • Support under Windows XP / Vista 32-bit / Windows 7 32-bit
  • Complete control of the camera such as exposure time, ROI, digitization speed, temperature etc.,
  • Powerful display control including Zoom, auto-scaling
  • Support for several file formats including TIF, ASCII, SPE
  • Convenient ?image info? feature keeps track of camera acquisition conditions for future reference.
  • Circular buffers for real time data acquisition and live display
  • Macro record and visual basic automation for custom programming from within WinView/Spec
  • Advanced features such as kinetics, custom chip and timing on most of the PI cameras
  • PVCAM: Renowned universal programming interface for easy custom programming under Windows and Linux*
  • Easy to acquire and process data in gated time resolved experiments
  • Snap-Ins to extend the software functionality




    While the functionality discussed previously is common to both WinView and WinSpec software, the WinSpec package has been optimized specifically for digital spectroscopy. WinSpec provides complete control over Acton Series spectrometers and AM monochromators, the Jobin Yvon TRIAX, the SPEX 270M (as well as refitted SPEX models), and custom spectrographs. This software control extends to all instrument options, such as multiple gratings, multiple entrance and exit ports, and motorized slits.


    Spectrometer control and detector operation are independent functions under WinSpec, so users are able to collect data while simultaneously communicating with the spectrometer. WinSpec software even makes spectrometer calibration easy. Users can employ a simple three-step method to generate a geometric correction that will update the spectral calibration with every move of the grating. Users can also create original calibration routines. WinSpec automatically converts among nanometers, electron volts, wavenumbers, and relative wavenumbers. Whether the application is absorbance, transmission, fluorescence, Raman, or lifetime spectroscopy, WinSpec provides many easy-to-use tools for data acquisition and post-processing. Peak Find, Peak Labeling, Focus Helper, and Manual Calibration are among the standard WinSpec tools included for spectroscopists.


    WinSpec also offers spectroscopists a host of additional features, including:

    • Support under Windows XP / Vista 32-bit / Windows 7 32-bit
    • Step-and-Glue ? allows many high-resolution spectra to be "glued" together to cover a wide spectral range. Users simply input the range to be covered. The software automatically moves the grating, acquires the data, and creates the final spectrum.
    • Online Absorbance ? allows users to select a reference spectrum from an active strip or file as WinSpec is processing incoming data in order to assess time resolved spectral information.
    • Online Y:T ? allows users to define up to eight areas and four equations to yield time-resolved information. This ability is particularly useful for process analysis and diagnostics.
    • Thermo Galactic? GRAMS/32? (support option) ? allows WinSpec to export images and spectra to the SPC file format. With the Zap-to-GRAMS snap-in, WinSpec can instantly update spectra in GRAMS via a direct link.



    SpectraSense is a comprehensive spectral acquisition and data treatment package. It is designed to work exclusively with Princeton Instruments products and accessories. SpectraSense software will control and acquire data from both single channel detection systems, which require scanning of a monochromator, and CCD based detection systems that may or may not require repositioning of a spectrograph. Depending upon the hardware purchased, either one or both of the modes of acquisition will appear during normal operation.


    Scientific Imaging Toolkit (SITK®) for LabView™

    The Scientific Imaging ToolKit (SITK) allows a user to setup and control all Princeton Instruments and Photometrics cameras and Acton Series spectrometers under LabView. This toolkit gives the user the ability to setup experimental conditions for a camera (ROIs, exposure, temperature, etc.), collect data from the camera, perform online math and display and store the data. All of this has been optimized in C and is callable from LabView. Functions are provided that allow the data to be accessed from the handle as images, rows, or individual pixels into LabView.


    Packages: SITK Advanced for camera control, and SITK Advanced for monochromator control.


    SITK Features:

    • Operates under Windows 2000 and XP, Windows 7 (32- & 64-bit)
    • Support LabVIEW 6.1 and 7.0, 7.1, 8.0, 8.2, 8.5, 8.6, 2009, 2010 and 2011
    • PVCAM support
    • Multiple camera/controller support
    • PI-MAX/Programmable timing generator support
    • Optimized online math
    • On-line help and documentation
    • Multiple ROI support
    • SPE file and TIFF file support
    • Acton Series spectrometer support


      PICAM - SDK

      For OEMs and systems integrators - the comprehensive PICAM application programming interface (API). Programmers will love the example programs with source code that are included in the software development kit (SDK)


      PVCAM (Programmable Virtual CAMera Interface)

      PVCAM is the renowned standard software interface for all cooled CCD cameras from Photometrics and Princeton Instruments.

      PVCAM is available for Windows XP / Vista 32-bit / Windows 7 32-bit and Linux*

      PVCAM is a library of functions which can be utilized to control and acquire data from the camera when a custom application is being written. For example, in the case of Windows, PVCAM is a dynamic link library (DLL). Also, it should be understood that PVCAM is solely for camera control and image acquisition, not for image processing. PVCAM places acquired images into a buffer, where they can then be manipulated using either custom written code or by extensions to other commercially available image processing packages. PVCam supports circular buffer [link] or ring buffer that allows faster frame update irrespective of the operating systems' load. This is sometimes called data streaming. Images are acquired (or buffered) in to the memory and then passed on to the Operation System for display or storage.

      *Contact the factory for information on the current Linux support. Photometrics cameras are also supported under Mac OS X.


      PVCAM Software Developer?s Kit (SDK)
      The Software Developer?s Kit (SDK) is designed for those who wish to develop their own custom software for all Roper Scientific camera systems. PPK consists of the necessary drivers to enable the software to run on either Windows and LINUX . Also included is a sample program with complete source code, documentation, applications notes, technical support. The heart of the SDK is the PVCAM library; the function calls enable one to access virtually every aspect of the camera operation, as well as acquire images into a buffer. PVCAM provides a virtual interface to all cameras, so that the actual complexities of controlling the camera are masked. Additionally, PVCAM allows the developer to work across multiple platforms with minimal modification to source code.

      PPK will be of particular use to software developers who wish to integrate a Roper Scientific cooled CCD camera into a larger system, especially if software has already been written for that system. PPK will also benefit those who wish to control the camera along with several other instruments as part of an experimental setup.


      ICL (Imager Control Language)*
      Photometrics' proprietary Imager Control Language (ICL) gives you unparalleled flexibility in implementing sophisticated imaging modes. The exposure and readout of the CCD can be controlled via pre-defined settings or programmed through user level scripts. All cameras support complete arbitrary binning ( n x m) and on-chip sub-region control without the fixed configuration constraints found on most camera systems. The user can easily implement custom imaging modes like TDI, ratio pairs, kinetics and many others. ICL scripts are available to control TTL in and out signals for complete coordination of other components in the imaging system.

      *Contact the factory for support of specific features for your camera

      Image-Pro® is a registered trademark of Media Cybernetics



      The third-party software providers listed below fully support the many features built into Princeton Instruments' quantitative camera systems. The analysis and presentation functions available in their software packages are specifically designed to generate precise and accurate data. Therefore, it is suggested that users investigate these software options in order to facilitate truly optimal camera performance.


      MATLAB and the Image Processing Toolbox support a broad range of advanced image processing functions. You can extract and analyze image features, compute feature measurements, and apply filter algorithms.

      Digital Optics

      Software for a broad range of advanced scientific imaging applications


      IPLab software for ratiometric imaging, FISH, CGH, etc.

      Origin Lab

      Intuitive analysis tools offer statistics, curve fitting, signal processing, and peak analysis. For ultimate power and flexibility, a completely integrated C compiler and over 300 NAG? functions are provided. Now you can directly import SPE files.

      Bruxton SIDX Generic image acquisition APIs. Supported under C/C++. Java, .NET, LabView, IDL, Igor Pro environments.