Technical Issues - Ocean Optics Support
FTG Software supports Ocean Optics (OOI) spectrometers via OmniDriver. SpectraSuite is not required. OmniDriver runtime redistributables can be freely downloaded here. Click here for information about 64-bit Windows installation and compatibility with previous OOI drivers. The current FilmStar setup installs Ocean2.exe version 2.10 for OmniDriver 1.6.
The FTG Ocean Optics Server (FTG OOS) is an ActiveX EXE which provides an interface to OmniDriver. The advantage of this approach is that the server can be run standalone for testing and then run invisibly from FilmStar. Since the FTG OOS processes data (converts to %R or %T) it can be used with DESIGN as well as MEASURE. An FTG HASP enabled for MEASURE or Scantraq is required.
When installing FilmStar (Setup32.exe), select PE Lambda 2-950 (Mpe983.exe) and Ocean Optics Server in the Select Components dialog. Other versions of MEASURE (Scantraq) do not support ActiveX servers.
This installs Ocean2.exe as well as corresponding FilmStar BASIC macros. It also installs Scan Method OOI2 Trns.scw which references the BASIC macros.
To help determine values for an FTG OOS Scan Method, run SpectraSuite to quickly determine Integration Time and other factors.
In DESIGN the Macro Commands dialog assigns scan functions to macro buttons:
You could use the same Macro Commands in MEASURE, but it is better to assign macros in the Scan Method 1B dialog shown below. Dark and Reference scans are triggered by Setup menu commands, while the Sample scan is assigned to the Scan button. The Scan Method stores the required macros.
Ultimately, Ocean Optics scanning appears seamlessly built into DESIGN or MEASURE:
Windows 7 64-bit requires the following installation procedure (courtesy of Ocean Optics)...
Previous FTG OOI servers are available for users unable to reinstall OOI software: ooibase.zip, omni1_5.zip, omni1_6.zip (the current version, included as backup). Copy .exe to C:\Winfilm (Scantraq) and *.bas to C:\Winfilm\Basic32. If currently using OOIBase, you can still install OmniDriver, but if using OmniDriver 1.5 (perhaps with LabView), 1.6 may be incompatible.