A software package for control of automated microscopes that runs as a plugin in ImageJ, works with virtually all scientific grade microscope equipment, and has a simple interface towards routine image acquisition strategies such as time-lapse, z- stacks, multi-channel, and multi-position acquisition. In addition, it uses a device abstraction layer available from various programming environments (such a C, Java, Python, Matlab and LabView), facilitating development of novel approaches to image acquisition. Manager has a simple and clean user interface, through which it lets users execute common microscope image acquisition strategies such as time-lapses, multi-channel imaging, z-stacks, and combinations thereof. Manager works with microscopes from all four major manufacturers (Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Zeiss), most scientific-grade cameras and many peripherals (stages, filter wheels, shutters, etc.) used in microscope imaging.
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