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Sometimes a metaphase is too large to be captured in a single field of view with the camera and the microscope magnification you are using, In this case you can create a larger image be capturing overlapping images with your capture system and then have SmartType stitch together the images into a single large image.
Simply select two or more images when importing the image and you will be presented with a dialogue that allows you to slide the images around relative to each other, Align the images, you do not have to be to careful, just get them near enough, and then click on the "Stitch" button to have SmartType align them perfectly and stitch them together.
Download SmartType from our download page. When you run SmartType on your computer you will be presented with a splash screen.
At the bottom of the Splash screen there is a section that lists information that we will need to register SmartType on your computer. If you are on a computer which is configured with email, click on the firstname.lastname@example.org link and an email window will be created for you with the information already inserted. Simply add your name and company name and we will enable the full SmartType licence for your computer as soon as payment has been received.
If your computer is not configured to use email, cut and paste the information from the bottom of the Splash screen, transfer it to another computer and then email it to us.
Yes and it is easy!
Download the SmartCaptureLite Image plugin. Install this plugin into your ImageJ or Fiji plugins folder.
With image/ Fiji open, open the metaphase image and select "Export to SmartType" from the ImageJ plugIns menu. You must already have SmartType open with an open case.
When SmartType runs it collects information to determine the identity of your computer and then checks this against an encrypted security file to determine what features of SmartType should be enabled. SmartType will attempt to download the security file from our website. Sometimes due to networking issues that download may be blocked. In this situation it is possible to download the security file from http://resources.karyotyper.uk/Downloads/Security.jar and manually install it.
To manually install the security file follow these instructions:
Because SmartType works by importing an image file, SmartType can work with any camera capable of capturing and saving an image in either TIFF, JPEG or PNG format.
If you are using bright field microscopy, for example with G-banding or R-banding then you only need a relative inexpensive digital camera.
Typically SmartType will work best with images that are around 1200 x 1000 pixels. However, if your camera produces images at much higher resolutions it is easy to scale the images before importing them into SmartType.
You will need and adapter to mount your camera onto your microscope. Most modern cameras use a C-mount and you will require a C-mount adapter to go between your camera C-mount and the microscope optical port. These should be available from your microscope supplier.
C-mounts are available with different levels of reducing magnification. The magnification required will depend on the size of the camera chip (the camera's detector). The table here shows recommend combinations that work well for karyotyping when using a 100x objective.
You may use a 60x objective instead of a 100x objective and this will result in a larger field of view with correspondingly smaller chromosomes. However with the appropriate combination of camera chip size and c-mount this can work just as well.
|Camera Chip Size||C-Mount Magnification|
|¼"||0.25 - 0.3x|
|½"||0.45 - 0.6x|
|1/1.8"||0.45 - 0.6x|