Release Notes for IDS Vision Suite 1.0

Introduction

With the IDS Vision Suite 1.0, IDS provides a complete software support to put you GigE Vision camera in operation quickly and easily. Using the IDS GenTL Producer, you can access your camera via the GenICam interface in your application or any third party software even if the application or third party software have no own support of GigE Vision. The installation of the IDS GenTL Producer is recommended for using the IDS Vision Cockpit.

In version 1.0 has the following features and tools.

New features

IDS Vision Cockpit

Setting an IP address
Setting an IP address

After installing the IDS Vision Suite, you can use the IDS Vision Cockpit to set conveniently the IP address of the camera. Use the "Device network configuration" dialog to retrieve the current IP address and set a new IP address.

Open the camera after the IP address of the camera is set correctly. In the IDS Vision Cockpit, you will see the camera image on the right and the camera properties on the left in a tree structure.

IDS Vision Cockpit
IDS Vision Cockpit
Dialog-based camera settings
Dialog-based camera settings

According to the GenICam SFNC, the camera properties are divided into the categories "Beginner", "Expert", and "Guru". The selection is made via the drop-down menu. In addition, you can quickly search for a desired property using the search field. The field below shows tooltips for the selected entry.

In addition to setting the properties in the tree, dialog-based setting options are available to set for example the frame rate, the exposure time, or a region of interest. These dialogs provide convenient, graphical access to standard GenApi functions.

Additional functions are also available which provide practical help. The histogram graphically displays the frequency distribution of the color values in the image captured by the camera.

The vertical and horizontal line profile graphically shows the color values of a pixel row or pixel column.

Histogram
Histogram
Vertical and horizontal intensity line profile
Vertical and horizontal intensity line profile

Command line tools

The command line tools offer the advantage that they can be automated via scripts or can be used on systems without a graphical user interface.

Tip: The start menu shortcut "IDS CMD Tools" is available under Windows. This opens a command line window and sets the PATH environment variable so that the IDS command line tools can be called directly.

Use ids_ipconfig to assign a valid IP address to the camera. Use ids_devicecommand to query and set the camera settings. For both ids_config and ids_devicecommand, use the --help switch to access the tool-specific help.

ids_ipconfig
ids_ipconfig
ids_devicecommand
ids_devicecommand

Known issues

  1. The IDS Vision Suite is available under Windows only for 64-bit systems.
  2. Camera images cannot be saved in JPEG format yet.

© IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, Status: 2017-05-30