Cameras and SDK enable compatibility with DirectX

FEBRUARY 9, 2009--All FireWire and USB cameras manufactured by The Imaging Source now ship with software for Windows Vista 64 bit, which enables hardware compatibility with DirectX for further development of industrial image-processing software.

Feb 9th, 2009

FEBRUARY 9, 2009--All FireWire and USB cameras manufactured by The Imaging Source now ship with software for Windows Vista 64 bit, which enables hardware compatibility with DirectX for further development of industrial image-processing software. IC Imaging Control is a software development kit (SDK) designed to simplify development with DirectX. It facilitates acquisition of single images (BMP, JPEG), sequences of single images (BMP, JPEG), image data streams (AVI), and a range of video sources.
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Charlotte, United States (December 11, 2008) - All FireWire and USB cameras, manufactured by The Imaging Source - an international manufacturer of industrial cameras - now ship with software for Windows Vista 64 bit.

The Imaging Source was one of the pioneers in the field of machine vision to deploy DirectX for industrial image processing. Thus, this step was an easy one to make.

DirectX is a requirement when programmers wish to develop software, which is independent of the underlying hardware. There are two methods in which software can access the camera:
Programmers who choose the classical method (illustrated in the right hand part of the diagram) access the hardware directly. This leads to unstable and unmaintainable software, which Microsoft will refuse to certify. Hence, it cannot be installed on Windows Vista 64 bit.

Programmers who choose the operating system method (illustrated in the left hand part of the diagram) access DirectX. They do not have to know anything about the
underlying hardware. Similarly, the manufacturer of the hardware does not have to think about the applications software. They simply ship a WDM Stream Class driver. This makes their hardware immediately compatible to DirectX. This is a requirement to be certified by Microsoft. Hence, the software can be installed
on Windows Vista 64 bit.

The Imaging Source authors an SDK called IC Imaging Control, the goal of which is to simply development with DirectX. All FireWire and USB cameras, which are manufactured by The Imaging Source ship with WDM Stream Class drivers and IC Imaging Control.

About The Imaging Source
The Imaging Source is a multi-national enterprise with branches in the US, Taiwan and Germany. They have been manufacturing imaging products for scientific, industrial and medical applications for more than twenty years. The industrial cameras, converters and frame grabbers manufactured by The Imaging Source are highly robust and are designed to run for years with no maintenance.

The Imaging Source products are typically deployed in factory automation, quality inspection, medical systems, microscopy systems, life science projects and as of 2007 amateur astronomy. All imaging products manufactured by The Imaging Source ship with Microsoft Windows drivers, an SDK and powerful software for device control, display and saving of images.

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