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QX3 Microscope Interactive Software

The interactive software that interfaces the Intel QX3 computer microscope with a Windows 98 or 2000 computer contains a number of interesting features. The links below lead to sections that describe and discuss the menus, image capture capabilities, import-export information, printer setup and many other features of the software.

Illustrated in Figure 1 is a typical menu from the Intel QX3 interactive software. Use the links below to navigate to sections of interest.

Software Overview - A discussion of the basics behind the QX3 interactive software including where it is stored on the hard drive, the minimum computer requirements, and what types of files are used.

Software Installation - Get step-by-step instructions for installing the software and suggestions for help in the event installation problems occur. Part 1 covers Setup initialization through selection of the Setup type.

Live Video Feed and Image Capture - The live video feed interface (named Live View) is used to capture single images from the microscope, control the microscope illumination, and make time-lapse cinemicrography experiments and movies.

Main Menu - The QX3 Main Menu allows selection of stored images from a palette, and is also a navigational platform to the Paint, Special Effects, Slide Show, and Print menus.

Paint Menu, Part 1 - Images can be digitally manipulated with a variety of art tools in the QX3 Paint menu. Students can combine images, add color, paint with colors and patterns, or create totally new images with these tools. The first part of this tutorial reviews the Scissors and Paint Brush tools.

  • Paint Menu, Part 2 - This section reviews the Paint Bucket, Eyedropper, Eraser, Text, and Stamp tools and their option palettes.

Special Effects Menu - Digital images acquired with the QX3 microscope can be manipulated and customized using this set of eight filter algorithms to produce exciting effects that kids will enjoy.

Slide Show Menu - Add digitial images, movies, and time-lapse sequences together to make a slide show and add sound tracks for effect.

Time-Lapse Cinemicrography - The ability to capture images in periodic intervals is perhaps the most advanced feature of the Intel QX3 interactive software.

Print Menu - The QX3 software contains a print menu that allows you to print single images, create a poster, or even make stickers with the digital images from the microscope.

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