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Re: Spectrophotometer software

Not certain this is what you want, but take a look at
octave which is under GNU licensing.  It's high enough
level you don't have to think too much about it as you
program.  Being completely open source you can modify it to
meet your needs.  

I use octave on 20 to 30MB data files, doing some nonlinear
analyses, and just went through some *very* difficult
pattern recognition efforts.  I would have been dead in the
water without octave.  It's designed to be very Matlab
compatible.  If you're familiar with that.  I once had free
MatLab and removed it from my system.  However, I use
octave everyday.  

Octave now has an FLTK interface to simplify GUI designing.
 I have not used it so cannot vouch for it.  

It is my impression that octave runs best on Linux systems.
 But also runs well on Macs and Windows, both Win98 and XP.

                - Robert -

On Tue, 16 Aug 2005 02:11:51 +0200
 Stephan Gromer <Stephan.Gromer@gmx.de> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am working at the biochemistry center at Heidelberg
> university. My
> "daily bread" are spectrophotmetric analyses:
> Concentration
> determinations, enzyme kinetics and spectra recording....
> As some of
> you may know, the software generally provided (well
> actually it is
> most often sold for an unbelievable amount of money) is
> of extremely
> poor quality (particularly the GUIs) and almost always
> "Windows only".
> Furthermore, in a grown lab environment you have
> different models and
> different brands, all with different (poor and
> non-intuitive) GUIs. As
> I am preparing "the switch" of our lab from M$ to Linux I
> was looking
> for a piece of software that runs under Linux, has a nice
> and usable
> GUI and is more or less photometer brand independent. So
> far I haven't
> found a program (possibly using the wrong keywords at
> Google or sf).
> So I was thinking about a project to write such a
> software myself.
> The idea:
> - command line tools to communicate with the photometers
> in a
> transparent fashion (that is the user does not have to
> know the
> details about the specific photometer he/she is using but
> just tell
> the PC once which one it is).
> - A very basic (and BASIC-like) scripting language (read
> absorbance,
> spectra, file IO, move to a cuvette etc.)
> - and a GUI-frontend to the above.
> Unfortunately, I haven't done much coding for a couple of
> years (did C
> and assembler on my beloved AMIGA back in the 90s....),
> so I need to
> refresh my knowledge there (OOP seems to remains a
> mystery to me :| ).
> Furthermore I have no experience in programming C under
> Linux (GUI and
> the hardware related stuff (RS232 etc)) as I am still
> some sort of
> newbie to Linux.
> Thus (finally) my questions:
> - Is anyone aware of a (GPL) piece of software that (at
> least
> partially) does some of my above outlined jobs
> - Is anyone interested in such a project or may
> contribute useful
> hints of any kind?
> Thanks for listening!
> Stephan
> -- 
> Stephan Gromer, MD. PhD.
> Work: Biochemie-Zentrum Heidelberg / Im Neuenheimer Feld
> 504 / D-69120
>       Heidelberg / Tel.: +49 (6221) 544291 / Fax.: +49
> (6221) 545586
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