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Re: Spectrophotometer software


Take a look at MX, http://mx.iit.edu
It is a general purpose data acquisition and control system.  I cannot
promise that it will be useful to you but there might be some
possibilities.  The advantage is that the framework is already built and
you might need only to write a device driver for the spectrophotometers. 
Scripting can be done using Python or Tcl/Tk.  I am in the process of
developing a Debian package for it but it may take some time before it is




> 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
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