íQ-ANALYZER  – Version 6 is now available
2014-06-13
íQ-ANALYZER – Version 6 is now available

Image Engineering
Newsletter 12.06.2014

 

íQ-ANALYZER – Version 6 is now available

The iQ-Analyzer 6 provides a great toolset for image quality analysis, all based on international standards and the great experience of the Image Engineering experts. The now released Version 6 of the iQ-Analyzer brings a huge improvement in the user interface.

The new Version 6 masters a very difficult task: Make the user interface as easy as possible, but provide as much options and information as wished by the experts. We have solved this problem very well.

All settings that have to be made for an analysis can be set prior by a trained and experienced engineer. After that, the lab personal can make use of the simple and easy “Home” screen, simple as 1, 2, 3:

  1. What chart do I have?
  2. Which of the provided settings do I want to use?
  3. Which image(s) do I want to analyze?

Hit start and you are done – the iQ-Analyzer Version 6 takes over and analyses the images. Want a nice PDF report after the testing? – now right out of the software.

The home screen in iQ-Analyzer Version 6 - a simplified yet powerful UI makes usage much easier

 

The new "Measurement" module in iQ-Analyzer Version 6 - the swiss army knife for imaging engineers

 

Use the iQ-Analyzer Version 6 in your mother tongue: The UI is multi-lingual now

 

New features of the iQ-Analyzer 6

  • new User Interface
  • much improved file handling
  • the “Measurement “module, a flexible multi-purpose tool
  • The UI is multi-lingual: English, Japanese, Chinese for the start, others to come
  • XML-output for easy database import
  • the “Video” module is now part of the iQ-Analayzer and does not require separate license
  • new algorithms to describe “texture loss”
  • and much more

If you are currently in the iQ-Analyzer maintenance program or bought the iQ-Analyzer Version 5 in 2014, the update is free. Otherwise please contact our sales team: sales@image-engineering.de or your local dealer for a quote.

 

The history of the iQ-Analyzer

When Image Engineering started in 1997 to test digital cameras, there was no commercial software available to take over the image quality evaluation. So we had to write our own tools.

For a long time, a combination of different scripts, software tools, Adobe Photoshop Plugins and massive Excel spreadsheets had to be mastered to produce the detailed reports about Noise, Resolution or Color Reproduction performance of the cameras under test.

Using Photoshop-Plugins and MS-EXCEL, that was the first approach to test digital cameras in 1997

 

To help customers to perform the same tests in their own labs, we wanted to have a more user-friendly approach to test digital cameras and developed a stand-alone software for the different tasks of camera testing. The IE-Analyzer started as Version 2 in 2005, as we considered the previous tools as the first version of the IE-Analyzer.

The User Interface was still very simple, needed user interaction for the image registration and we used MS-Excel to process the resulting result txt files for reporting and visualization.

 

IE-Analyzer Version 2, the first standalone software with a simple UI, introduced in 2005.

 

Checking the data right in the IE-Analyzer and visualize the results was the task when developing the next version, the IE-Analyzer Version 3. At this point, several big players in the camera market caught attention of our software products and started to use our tools in their labs. That was in 2007.

In version 3, the IE-Analyzer got a new UI that also displayed the results.

 

Still, the IE-Analyzer needed user-interaction when analysing one or more image files. So the version 4, released in 2009 brought a great step forward in fully automated camera testing. Select a file and hit start, everything else is done by the software. The IE-Analyzer gained the capability to register the image data and to detect all needed regions of interest in the image. With Version 4.5, the analysis of video signals and video files was added to make it a powerful package for image quality analysis.

The automatic ROI detection and handling of several files at a time, the biggest improvements for IE-Analyzer Version 4

 

We kept going and added several new features into the version 5 in 2011, like the multi purpose chart support (“TE42”) command line interface and RAW data support and last but not least switched the name from IE-Analyzer to iQ-Analyzer to fit in the complete product range of Image Quality related products of Image Engineering.

Switching from IE-Analyzer to iQ-Analyzer Version 5 - more algorithms, more input, cleaner UI

 

2014 brings the latest version, the iQ-Analyzer Version 6. With the much improved User Interface, new modules and new algorithms.

 

The complexitiy of image quality - visualized in the iQ-Analyzer Version 6

 

MTF vs. field, just one of several new graphs and reporting options in version 6

 

If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us: sales@image-engineering.de. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Digital Precision Systems Ltd is the sole dealership of Image Engineering in China, Hong Kong and Macau

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About Image Engineering

Since 1997, Image Engineering has been the worldwide leading independent test lab for image recording systems, such as digital and video cameras. Digital cameras are regularly tested for well-known photo magazines and cameras producers according to DIN and ISO standards, as well as mobile telephones, camcorders, television cameras and various other product groups such as cameras for special demands in security, automotive, and machine vision areas. After the takeover of Esser Testcharts in 2006, Image Engineering developed into the market leading producer of test equipment for digital image products. More than 260 different test charts are currently available for the use in photo, video and broadcasting areas.

As of 01. April 2011, Image Engineering Dietmar Wüller changed to Image Engineering GmbH & Co. KG. The new COs and partners are Dietmar Wüller and Uwe Artmann.