Product Release Information visionCATS 2.1


Release Number: 2.1.15272.1 (2.1)
Release Date: 29/09/2015

This version has been tested and released on Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and Windows 10 64-bit (see “Known Problems and Workarounds” for detailed information).

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This document contains the release notes for VisionCATS version 2.1. The following sections describe the release in detail and provide late-breaking or other information that supplements the main documentation.

Installation and Upgrade Notes


See the installation instructions for full details.

IMPORTANT: You must completely uninstall any previous "developer release" or "early access" version of this product before installing this release.


This release consists of the following items:

Release notes
Instrument Firmware
visionCATS installer
Example Files (you may import them after installation)

Minimum System Requirements

System Memory: 4000MB
Free Disk Space: 100GB
Operating System: Windows 7
Networking: Internet access

What's new in visionCATS 2.1?

  • Spectrum scanning by using Scanner 4 or Scanner 3 instruments
  • Ability to control the sequence type (Sample or Reference) for each evaluation
  • Scanner advanced mode: when using a scanner step in multi-wavelength mode, it's now possible to set the lamp, filter and mode for each wavelength
  • Many GUI-related improvements in the quantitative evaluation part
  • Folder backups and restore in the Explorer view
  • Dual wavelength
  • CV value (coefficient of variation) is displayed instead of σ (sigma, Standard deviation) for calibration function and sample results
  • Corrected restore to include scans, wincats analysis and method collection entries

Known Problems and Workarounds

Defect: Exporting a report as Word document does not work.
Workaround: Use another export format.

Defect: Profiles viewer stops responding when two or more viewers is visible at the same time (docking or multi windows)
Workaround: Close the corresponding analysis of the blocked viewer, and reopen it without another profiles viewer visible.

Defect: The import of winCATS methods won't import steps of instruments not supported in visionCATS, and some winCATS specific parameters will be ignored
Reason: winCATS and visionCATS don't exactly support the same set of instruments, and for each instrument, the exact same set of parameters
Workaround: After having imported some winCATS methods, visionCATS will inform the user when some steps are ignored. In all cases, please review the imported methods.

Defect: After changing of Visualizer, a Visualizer cannot be executed in an analysis having already images
Reason: Only one Visualizer can be used in an analysis
Workaround: Redo the analysis

Defect: After changing of camera for a Visualizer, already opened analysis with Visualizer step waiting for execution, or Visualizer Manual control or OQ may behave strangely (using old camera, bad image corrections...)
Workaround: Before changing of camera, close all analysis with next step as Visualizer and Visualizer views

Defect: After changing of camera for a Visualizer, Visualizer in toolbox isn't marked as having a bad Diagnostic
Workaround: Restart the client

Defect: While using two visualizers on a single PC, one or both camera aren't detected, or the camera of one visualizer seems to be connected to the other.
Workaround: We strongly suggest to use only one Visualizer per InstrumentService

Defect: No image appears in Data or in Comparison after installing for the first time visionCATS on the machine
Workaround: Restart Windows

Defect: Sequence table don't allow to drag and drop a multi-selection
Workaround: Before clicking for drag and during the drag, hold SHIFT key for dragging a multi-selection

Defect: Applications crashes after clicking on an image or opening a comparison
Workaround: Update your graphic driver to the latest version

Defect: After installation, no visionCATS is installed. Also, the SQLServer service may not want to start.
Workaround: Change the name of the user which install the application, username should be different from machine and domain name

Defect: Instrument aren't responding correctly
Workaround: Check if you have an Intel(R) Active Management Technology - SOL COM port on your machine, and disable the corresponding COM port in visionCATS/General Settings

Defect: visionCATS display "Out of memory" with only around 1.2GB of 4GB memory used by visionCATS, on a 32bits system
Workaround: increase the applications memory space with 'bcdedit /set increaseuserva 3072' command, and restart Windows

Defect: when using offline help, the display of some pages is very slow
Reason: the page requests an online resource that is not accessible, causing the slow down
Workaround: use the online help when possible. If not possible, try using Chrome or Firefox (instead of Internet Explorer), where the slow down occurs less often.

Defect: visionCATS fails in Scanner/Scanner3 Diagnostics if the Positioning-Test is started  in the same session.
Reason: Scanner data of the new test cannot be stored for later processing. This does not invalidate the test results of the previous run.
Workaround: Close the current Scanner Instrument Tab and reopen it. Attention: just switching between the Tabs inside the Instrument Tab will not prevent from the failure. You need to close the Instrument Tab.

Important for Windows 10: For proper working of the Visualizer under Windows 10, the Windows power settings have to be changed as follows: Go to Power Options/Choose what the power button does/Change settings that are currently available/Shutdown settings and disable the option “Turn on fast startup”.