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Alpha Innotech of San Leandro, Calif., has released Version 3.0 of AlphaEaseFC, its image analysis software. The software, which is designed for use with images captured by scanners, CCD cameras, or laser-based systems, has been updated to allow automated image acquisition and to enable the user to determine the settings for analysis of fluorescence and chemiluminescence, as well as colorimetric gels, films, membranes, macroarrays, and microplates.

The specific features of the new release include molecular weight determination, mass/QPCR standards, band scoring, pattern matching, and 1D lane densitometry. The software additionally provides software controls for motorized zoom optics as well as real time display updates, and is designed to save and load MovieMode parameters, the company said.

The software is available both as a stand-alone product and as part of the company’s FluorChem, ChemiImager, and AlphaImager imaging systems.

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