Release 2.2 expands Basler pylon driver to include any vision application

July 14, 2010
Basler Vision Technologies has released version 2.2 of its “pylon” camera driver package.


Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germany) has released version 2.2 of its renowned “pylon” camera driver package. The package can be downloaded for free from Basler’s website.

This pylon release offers two main enhancements: it includes support for several additional programming languages, such as Visual Basic 6.0, C, and Microsoft .NET, and it is the first driver that allows comfortable Camera Link camera configuration via a GenICam compliant API.

On the application programming interface (API) side, pylon’s C++ programming language support was expanded to include standard C and Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0. In addition, Microsoft’s newer C# and VB.NET programming technologies are now supported by pylon 2.2. All of the new APIs have full access to all of the camera and grabbing features on Basler’s IEEE1394 and GigE Vision camera families such as pilot, scout, runner, and the new ace series. Each new programming language extension comes with its own comprehensive documentation and a set of code samples that demonstrate the main application tasks in a simple way and can be easily expanded to cover new customer applications.

“These programming language expansions make the pylon driver and Basler cameras available for all programmers and all kinds of vision applications,” comments Werner Borchert, Senior Product Manager at Basler.

This release marks the first time that pylon includes support for configuring cameras with a Camera Link interface via the pylon API. In order to make this new feature possible, the mechanisms established in the Generic Camera Interface Standard (GenICam) were adapted to the Camera Link interface by the GenICam Standardization Group. Basler’s new Camera Link-based aviator family can now be easily controlled via the pylon driver, along with all of the other Basler FireWire or GigE Vision camera families as well.

All of the new features and improvements included in the pylon 2.2 release are listed in the Release Notes, which can be downloaded from Basler’s website. A free download of the pylon 2.2 release, including the SDK, can also be found at

Basler Components designs and manufactures digital cameras for industrial, medical, and traffic system applications, and also for the video surveillance market. Products include color and monochrome line scan and area scan cameras as well as innovative and flexible IP cameras. Basler has more than 20 years of experience in image processing. We have designed and manufactured high quality digital cameras for over 10 years. Product designs are driven by industry requirements and offer easy interfacing, compact size, and a strong price/performance ratio.
For more information, please contact us at +49 4102 463-500, e-mail us at [email protected].

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