Service Pack 5 for NeuroCheck 5.1

The fifth service pack for NeuroCheck 5.1 introduces a number of new hardware and software features. On this page we will present the major new features, for details please refer to file History.txt, as usual.

Service Pack 5 for NeuroCheck 5.1 NeuroCheck now supports new IEEE 1394 (FireWire) camera models of the NeuroCheck Edition.

Probably the most interesting new model is the "FWL120 NC Edition", the first IEEE 1394 line scan camera supported in NeuroCheck. It represents a real plug-and-play solution for line scan applications, easy to use, with low cost cables and all the other advantages of the IEEE 1394 technology. Technically the FWL120 can capture images of up to 2048 pixels width and up to 8 MByte size, sufficient for the majority of line scan applications. For trigger and line synchronization, the camera accepts the usual input signals but also provides a special mode to capture a variable number of lines.

With the "FWXC03c NC Edition" and "FWXC13c NC Edition" two CMOS color IEEE 1394 cameras are supported. Furthermore, with the "FWX06/FWX06c NC Edition" a fast camera for standard resolution is available. So NeuroCheck now supports a complete range of eleven IEEE 1394 cameras.

Please note that due to the changes a new FWX system DLL version or higher is required. It is part of the service pack for download from the Internet, so installation of SP5 will not break compatibility.

Service Pack 5 for NeuroCheck 5.1 A related new feature in SP5 is the automatic detection of NC Edition cameras at the start-up of NeuroCheck.

If no other camera hardware is configured yet, NeuroCheck detects the new NC Edition camera at program start and adds it automatically to the hardware configuration.

The user will be informed about the new hardware by an HTML message with alternatives how to proceed. Thus the integration of a NC Edition camera is reduced to a convenient one-click procedure.

As a new software feature, Service Pack 5 introduces object identification numbers (OIDs).

"Object" here simply means an element of the check routine tree, i.e. a check function, a single check or the check routine itself. Now each of these elements is assigned with an OID that must be unique within the current check routine.

Service Pack 5 for NeuroCheck 5.1 By default, the assignment of the OIDs follows a simple scheme. If necessary, the OID can be changed either in the properties dialog of the respective element, or in the overview dialog.

The objective of this functionality is easy and unique addressing of each object by its OID. This can be used for new features, like the check routine family or the parameter linking (see below). The OIDs can also be transmitted with output data, e.g. for serial output or custom communication. This allows the connected device to identify the source of the data within NeuroCheck.

The previously introduced OIDs are used for the concept of a check routine family. Basically, this means that you have a number of check routines which are very similar.

Now, if you change a parameter in one of the check routines, but wish to apply the change to the other check routines, then you can use the new command "Edit | Pass on Parameters...". This allows you to copy the parameters of the currently selected check function to the matching function (same OID) in a number of check routines. So, the new functionality provides a convenient way to maintain a large number of related check routines.

Service Pack 5 for NeuroCheck 5.1 Similar to the check routine family is the parameter linking of check functions within a check routine. Whenever you alter the parameters of the "master" check function in the parameter dialog, the linked functions will be changed automatically.

Again, the benefit is a check routine that is easier to maintain, especially if you wish to use exactly the same check function parameter settings in different single checks.

Finally, the programming interfaces of NeuroCheck have been extended for access of the above mentioned OIDs.

Another extension of the plug-in interface now allows you to access the designations of feature values. This facilitates the display of feature names, e.g. in a parameter dialog, and even allows you to assign names to custom features.

Furthermore, the NeuroCheck API has been extended with some useful functions. For details, please refer to the Programmer's Reference.

Name Version Date File size
NeuroCheck 5.1 Service Pack 5 5.1.1045 2-20-2004 6.7 MB

Only for use by current users of Version 5.1. If you would like to upgrade your system from version 5.0 or earlier please contact FSI Machine Vision.

Important Notes

The software updates contain new features, enhancements and bug-fixes. For details please refer to the list of new features in SP5.

Due to the new features, the CHR file format changes in comparison to previous releases. Old check routine files can be loaded as usual, but check routines created with SP5 or higher cannot be read by previous NeuroCheck version SP4 or older.

Installation of service pack
  • Copy the file into an arbitrary directory on your NeuroCheck system.
  • Double-click the service pack (self-extracting zip archive packed with WinZip Self-Extractor).
  • In the appearing dialog, configure the installation directory of the corresponding language version of NeuroCheck 5.1.
  • Click "Unzip" to overwrite the existing files of your NeuroCheck installation with newer versions.
  • At the end of the installation file History.txt will be opened to inform you in detail about the changes in this service pack.

Please note that a subsequent repair run of the original setup for NeuroCheck 5.1 will replace most of the updated files with their original versions, requiring a re-run of the service pack.