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Re: Probe Software Forum Newsletters
« Reply #30 on: September 25, 2020, 09:23:43 PM »
Here is the summer 2020 newsletter that was sent out to members a couple of weeks ago:

What a summer for everyone! Pandemic, hurricanes and forest fires here in the western US.  In celebration of the rain clearing some of the smoke, here is the Probe Software User Forum Summer newsletter.  The Probe Software user forum continues to be busy this summer with 11 new topics, 153 new posts and 66 new members since June 1. The forum totals currently stand at 8929 posts in 1120 topics by 573 members. Here are a few highlights from the last few months.

Mike Jercinovic and John Donovan had an interesting discussion on how analytical error relates to concentrations:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1307.0

Ben Buse and John Fellowes discuss how to capture video from optical microscopes and chamber scopes here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1308.0

Some of us were able to watch the M&M virtual presentations in August, with some discussion here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=99.msg9372#msg9372

I would encourage any presenters on EPMA related topics to feel free to post links to their presentations on the user forum there. Here John Donovan provides an update to the WDS and JEOL EDS integration in Probe for EPMA:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1147.msg9374#msg9374

Jeff Chen started a topic on PictureSnapApp "testimonials" on the user forum here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1309.0

If you enjoy using PictureSnapApp on your instrument, please feel free to post about your experience there.

Brian Joy asks about synthesis of PGE compounds here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1310.0

Glenn Poirier provides some examples of using Probe for EPMA integrated with the JEOL EDS detector on his JEOL 8230:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=79.msg9385#msg9385

Ben Wade shares some laser ablation measurements of the Smithsonian standards here (remember to log in to see attachments):

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1227.msg9394#msg9394

Ben Garcia asked for (and received) a modification in PictureSnapApp to better navigate his samples on their Tescan SEM at PNNL:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=14.msg9399#msg9399

Ben Wade and Mike Matthews asked for (and received) a modification to the documentation controls in the Standard application:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.msg9409#msg9409

Michael Lance and Probeman discuss using various scan modes on inhomogeneous samples:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1311.0

Ben Wade and others discuss halide standards here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1011.msg9417#msg9417

AnneF asks if there is a method to obtain a reliable 5 nm carbon coat thickness without a thickness monitor...

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1313.0

John Donovan discusses using interpolated MAN backgrounds including interpolation with multi-point backgrounds (MPB):

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=987.msg9428#msg9428

This is related to the presentation that Phil Orlandini gave at M&M this summer.  Meanwhile Probeman shares some thoughts on remote teaching of instrument courses and labs:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=837.msg9429#msg9429

John Donovan shares some thoughts on some recent remote training sessions with a customer:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1297.msg9439#msg9439

Crystalgrower comments on synthesis of various standard materials here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1223.msg9440#msg9440

Brian Joy and SEM-geologist (and others) discuss detectors, instrument and temperature stability in the lab:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1109.msg9446#msg9446

John Donovan and Ben Wade discuss using duplicate elements on multiple spectrometers and "aggregate mode" in Probe for EPMA to improve elemental sensitivity:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=155.msg8978#msg8978

Regards,
The Probe Software Users Forum Team.

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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2020, 08:56:46 AM »
Here is the Fall 2020 newsletter that was sent out to members a couple of weeks ago:

Hoping everyone is doing well and staying healthy. Here is the Probe Software User Forum Fall newsletter.  The Probe Software user forum continues to be busy this fall with 25 new topics and 193 new posts since September 1. Here are a few highlights from the last few months.

Kristian Drivenes and Benjamin Wade, Phillip Poeml and others discuss various standard materials and Astimix mounts:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1324.0

Michael Lance, Probeman, Benjamin Wade, Probe321 and others discuss EDS vs. WDS resolution:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1322.0

Brian Joy, John Donovan and others discuss various approaches to calculating H2O/OH by formula stoichiometry using matrix iteration techniques:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1323.0

Glenn Poirier, John Donovan and others discuss methods to acquire long narrow quantitative scans at arbitrary angles on large samples:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1326.0

Juvegre asks for help with some electrical/electronics issues with a JEOL 8900 but no one has responded with any advice so far:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1288.msg9535#msg9535

Ben Buse posts some ImageJ code and suggestions for manipulating x-ray map output:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=799.msg9556#msg9556

Ben Buse, John Donovan, Joseph Shaw and Andrew Locock discuss subtleties of mineral formula recalculations:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1143.msg9558#msg9558

Ben Garcia points out an odd behavior of the JEOL EIKS interface when the mag is set to an arbitrarily high value:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1327.0

Quite a number of lab positions posted in the EPMA Positions Open topic:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=3.msg8993#msg8993

Ben Buse starts another discussion on calculation of mineral formulas here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1143.msg9558#msg9558

Mike Jercinovic asks about humidity control in analytical lab spaces:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1329.0

Dawn Ruth asks and Anette von der Handt replies on a question of maintaining lab cleanliness:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1330.0

John Fournelle asks about bremsstrahlung production from diamond and it's suitability as an MAN background calibration standard, and amazingly no one has responded yet:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1331.0

John Fournelle (as MAS archivist of MAS) asks for historical materials from the 1960s and onwards that document our field:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1332.0

Can anyone help him?

Meanwhile Ben Buse asks for values for sulphur in bcr2-g glass:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1333.0

John Donovan released full spectrum intensity files from Penepma 2012 (and Penepma 2016) for pure elements Li-Cm at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 keV using 1 eV bins (40 hour simulation each):

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=202.msg9589#msg9589

These files are included in the Penepma distribution that is included with CalcZAF.

Ben Buse asked for (and received) a modification of the peak fitting routines in Probe for EPMA:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.msg9590#msg9590

Mike Matthews asks for (and no one has responded yet) to a question about diamond wire saws:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1334.0

Anette von der Handt announces a new release of the ProbeLab ReImager software (written by Noah Kraft) for batch export of images from Thermo NSS/Pathfinder and JEOL PC-SEM softwares:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1335.0

John Fournelle announces the publication of a new EPMA review paper by Xavier Llovet, Aurelien Moy, Philippe Pinard and John Fournelle:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1336.0

Ben Garcia asks about transformation of points digitized in "other" apps (not PictureSnapApp):

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1337.0

John Donovan responds with some questions and eventually a suggestion on utilizing the TestFid application that is distributed with CalcZAF.

Miss Boron asks for advice regarding a sudden outbreak of "bad totals" in their Peak Sight output and Mike Jercinovic and sem-geologist respond:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1338.0

John Donovan provides some additional documentation on the .POS file format utilized in Probe for EPMA and the TestFid position transformation methods:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=46.msg9615#msg9615

And last, but certainly not least, Glenn Poirier posts a very nice "testimonial":

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=277.msg9617#msg9617

Hope everyone is healthy, staying safe and all looking forward to a happy holiday!
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« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2021, 05:27:52 PM »
Here is the Spring 2021 newsletter we sent out a week ago:

We just realized that we missed sending out a winter user forum newsletter this year! So with apologies, we'll skip right to the Probe Software User Forum Spring 2021 newsletter.  The Probe Software user forum continues to be busy this year with 36 new topics and 353 new posts since January 1st. Here are a few highlights from the last few months.

SEM Geologist discusses detector dead time on Cameca WDS instruments, with an emphasis on the various components that are included in the dead time process and subsequent correction:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=33.msg9892#msg9892

Radek_MM re-starts a discussion on innovation and testing of EPMA instruments and is joined by John Donovan and Nicholas Ritchie and others:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=193.msg9822#msg9822

John Donovan, Anette von der Handt, Dave Adams and others comment on stability of EPMA instruments and the apparent need to (sometimes) "try turning them off and on again"

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1288.msg9859#msg9859

Pvonlant requests a new feature for DTSA-II and Nicholas Ritchie is there to help:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1371.0

John Donovan announces a new flag in the Probewin.ini file to prevent the JEOL 8230/8530 software from "freezing" some controls in the JEOL software after an acquisition is performed:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=40.msg9910#msg9910

Jacob and others join in a discussion of flow detectors and counter efficiency:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=193.msg9882#msg9882

Dave Adams and Probe321 discuss JEOL software versions:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1288.msg9926#msg9926

Jon Fellowes starts a discussion on using MAN background methods on samples with off-peak acquired elements, which culminates in a modification (bug fix?) to the Probe for EPMA source code:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=4.msg9936#msg9936

SEM Geologist and Jon Wade discuss digital noise in Cameca instruments:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1304.msg9888#msg9888

This following post is worth reading if one wants to understand the subtleties of utilizing MAN background corrections on samples acquired using off-peak methods. John Donovan summarizes the two MAN/Off-Peak flags in the Analytical menu and how they can be applied:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=4.msg9953#msg9953

SEM Geologist discusses tiff files and also shares his code for reading Cameca ImpDAT files:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1216.msg9956#msg9956

Dan Ruscitto asks for advice on analyzing Ar using EPMA and gets many responses:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1372.0

John Donovan reminds everyone that there is a very cute method to be sure that Probe for EPMA (for acquisition of standards) and Probe Image (for acquisition of x-ray maps) are utilizing the *exact* same analytical sample setup for obtaining quantitative X-ray maps.

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=937.msg9974#msg9974

Aurelien Moy announces a new forum board for discussion of the new BadgerFilm software for quantification of thin films using EPMA:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1373.0

Dirk Mueller asks about some peak artifacts he recently noticed when scanning the Al peak in Al2O3 and is joined by SEM geologist and Probeman:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1374.0

Glenn Poirier asks about using carnuba wax in the EPMA instrument:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1375.0

Finally Julien Allaz summaries a discussion with Mike Jercinovic and John Donovan on setting the PHA baseline and window values on JEOL and Cameca EPMA instruments:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1376.0

We hope everyone is healthy and vaccinated!  Can't wait to see you all in person someday!
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Re: Probe Software Forum Newsletters
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2021, 09:03:33 AM »
Here is our summer 2021 newsletter that was sent out a week ago:

Here is our Probe Software User Forum Summer 2021 newsletter.  The Probe Software user forum continues to be busy this year with 20 new topics and 208 new posts since June 1st. Here are a few highlights from the last few months.

Esmrln and Probeman discuss mounting of Smithsonian standards:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=172.msg10110#msg10110

CrystalGrower posts a short biography on John Rucklidge:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1383.0

John Donovan discusses how to simulate TDI effects in Probe for EPMA for teaching and also some improvements in simulating spectra for LDE/PC Bragg crystals:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=837.msg10119#msg10119

John Donovan discusses a fix for Andrew Locock to allow the halogen correction for stoichiometric oxygen to be applied to an element calculated by stoichiometry:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=92.msg10131#msg10131

Probeman posts a link to a Youtube video from Veritasium discussing single bit flips from cosmic rays and tells a story of the use of high threshold logic (originally designed to avoid this radiation damage in satellites) in the ARL SEMQ microprobe:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=133.msg10138#msg10138

Probeman and Jacob discuss carbon contamination when measuring trace carbon in the EPMA:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=646.msg10148#msg10148

Michael Lance asks about osmium standards and several join in a discussion:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1396.msg10152#msg10152

John Donovan announces Probe Software's newest expert EPMA consultant, Mike Matthews:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=233.msg10164#msg10164

John Donovan discusses how to properly acquire TDI x-ray maps for beam sensitive samples (also for dealing with carbon contamination when measuring trace carbon) when also acquiring off-peak x-ray maps in Probe Image:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=609.msg10167#msg10167

Brian Joy, John Donovan, Jon Fellowes and Probeman discuss the challenges of measuring trace vanadium in titanium rich matrics and the use of interference corrections and blank corrections:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1397.msg10169#msg10169

SEMGeologist, Probeman and Crystalgrower discuss standards for sulfur:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=740.msg10168#msg10168

John Donovan gives short tutorial on how to correct TDI effects when quantifying x-ray maps for beam sensitive samples using CalcImage:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=933.msg10185#msg10185

Gareth Seward made what we think is an excellent suggestion to add a "standard mount name" field to the standard database table. So we added it:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=40.msg10190#msg10190

John Donovan and Brian Joy have fun discussing mass versus atomic number averaging in EPMA:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1221.msg10186#msg10186

We hope everyone is healthy and vaccinated!  Still can't wait to see you all in person someday!

Regards,
The Probe Software Users Forum Team.
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« Reply #34 on: December 23, 2021, 10:58:40 AM »
This is the fall 2021 newsletter sent out about a week ago...

Hi all,

The Probe Software user forum has been busy this fall, with over 21 new topics and over 277 new posts just since Sept 1. The forum totals currently stand at 9835 Posts in 1210 Topics by 696 Members... here are some recent highlights...

Of course the Open Letter to the MicroAnalysis Community was the big topic this season:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1415.0

If you haven't seen this letter yet please read it, comment and *please* offer to participate in this endeavor. We need "all hands on deck" as an international community in order to identify, locate and procure these synthetic standard materials in quantities sufficient for global distribution.

Some of you (Will Nachlas, John Fournelle, Aurelien Moy, Nicholas Ritchie, Dawn Ruth and others) have already been contacting industrial/commercial producers of synthetic minerals and have gotten quotations. Thank-you, this is useful information for subsequent planning!  But we need more volunteers to contact people in government/state laboratories, especially in Russia and China, who (I've been told) may have such materials stashed away and "ours for the asking".

If you do begin such investigations (treasure hunt?), and obtain information leading to the location of suitable synthetic minerals, please post your discovery to this topic and contact Will Nachlas at the address/email found in this post:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1415.msg10368#msg10368

Meanwhile, others such as Crystal Grower, suggest other possible candidates for synthetic mineral standards such as MgSiO3:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1405.msg10308#msg10308

We appreciate all suggestions and even better, possible sources for obtaining such materials! And related to the above is the discussion on the accuracy of inter-laboratory measurements discussed in this topic on cpx/opx barometer accuracy, where sem-geologist and Dave Adams discuss Na standards:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1404.msg10310#msg10310

On another topic, Probeman points out the importance of including coating corrections especially for quant mapping, especially when ones standards are carbon coated, but the unknowns are not (even for energetic emission lines like Fe Ka):

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1407.msg10313#msg10313

Axel Wittmann asks for help and Nicholas Ritchie responds with analyzing sub micron grains of NiP separated from meteorites:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1408.0

A paper by Donovan, Allaz, von der Handt, Seward, Neill, Goemann, Chouinard, and Carpenter on quantitative WDS mapping came out this fall:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1212.msg10330#msg10330

It's a long paper but worth a read if you also would like to produce fully quantitative WDS elemental maps yourself. Remember: treat your pixels, just like your points!

John Donovan points out the importance of using sufficiently "hot" conditions for quant x-ray mapping, in order to obtain reasonable statistics in your quant maps:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=73.msg10336#msg10336

Probeman discusses the effects of the matrix correction on trace vs. minor elements:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=92.msg10342#msg10342

And for light elements such as fluorine, these matrix effects of unanalyzed elements can become quite large, as discussed here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=92.msg10136#msg10136

The actual GUI options in Probe for EPMA are discussed here for elements calculated by stoichiometry to stoichiometrically calculated oxygen:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=92.msg10131#msg10131

A discussion on the detection limits calculations for multi-point backgrounds (MPB) elements is here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1293.msg10343#msg10343

Since the calculation of detection limits depends not only on the peak intensity, but also the background intensities, obviously the MPB detection limit calculation is depends on the "Iterate To" parameter specified for MPB elements. Note this parameter can be modified for off-line processing in Probe for EPMA.

We added a new "Acquisition Options" button in the "Basic EPMA" window as shown here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.msg10344#msg10344

for beginners and casual users of the software, as suggested by Anette von der Handt.

Anette von der Handt also pointed out a handy feature that some may not be aware of, for acquiring a different number of standard points per standard in the Probe for EPMA Automate! window:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.msg10345#msg10345

The latest Penepma (pure element) simulations now include modeling up to 30 keV.

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=837.msg10346#msg10346

To update to the latest Penepma simulation files, see this link:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=202.msg9589#msg9589

When one uses the Combine Data Lines From Selected Samples button in the Analyze! window, new code now utilizes the EDS spectra for quantified EDS elements:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=8.msg10349#msg10349

Phil Orlandini is brainstorming on creating a "hybrid" microanalysis instrument:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1410.0

Got some ideas? Please chime in!

A while back we added additional modeling to simulate the "polygonization tail" effects in WDS Bragg crystals:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=40.msg10357#msg10357

But it does take a bit more time, so we have made it an "option" for our "demo" mode when used for teaching.

Probeman's new favorite color palette:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1003.msg10358#msg10358

Just kidding!  A new "history of Cameca" topic has been made:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1412.msg10359#msg10359

Have any stories from the "olden days"? Please feel free to contribute.

Probeman responds to comments from Jon Wade and SEM_geologist on the proposal to create global microanalyssi standards using high purity synthetic minerals:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1415.msg10377#msg10377

Here is a post on the Google spreadsheet created by Nicholas Ritchie to document the availability of synthetic mineral standards:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1415.msg10382#msg10382

Anette von der Handt made a wish that there could be some sort of "zoom" feature in the Pixel Extraction window in CalcImage:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=249.msg10383#msg10383

This latest code modification should work we think.

Brian Joy and Changkun park discuss changes in peak shape over time from PET crystals on JEOL instruments:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=854.msg10388#msg10388

Probeman asks about gun align failures at higher beam energies and sem-geologists responds:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1416.msg10396#msg10396

New keywords have been added to the [Image] section of the Probewin.ini file to specify the default image size and default image acquisition channel:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=40.msg10404#msg10404

Axel Wittmann announces a new geoanalysis conference in Freiberg, next August (2022):

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=99.msg10411#msg10411
That's all for now. Looking forward to the holidays and in the northern hemisphere we're getting close to the longest nights of the year, so I at least am also looking forward to the coming spring! Hoping you all are well and staying safe.

Regards,
The Probe Software Users Forum Team.

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Re: Probe Software Forum Newsletters
« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2022, 12:59:25 PM »
Hi all,

This is the third in our "new features" newsletters, written to highlight improvements to the CalcZAF and Probe for EPMA software. We've been asked by several customers and forum users that an occasional newsletter of this type would be helpful in getting a summary of these software changes. The point often mentioned is that while there are many improvements to the software, they sometimes get "buried" in the normal forum activity.

Remember you can update your CalcZAF and/or Probe for EPMA software any time for free from the Help menu to get these latest new features. For a complete listing of all changes to the software, please see the version.txt file that is provided with each update of the software.  It is also posted to the forum here:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=40.0

02/16/20    Work on increasing MPB arrays from 12 to 18 to deal with more than 6 "shared" bgd elements per spectrometer (Jercinovic and Williams).
v. 12.8.4

02/13/20    Add new button/code to allow assigning current shared channel fit parameters and manual flags to all
v. 12.8.3     other shared channels. That is, other elements on same spectrometer and crystal (Williams and Jercinovic).

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=9.msg9043#msg9043

02/28/20    Add automated imaging in PFE when using confirm positions only (Goemann).

                    This feature allows one to acquire automated images, even when only "confirming" stage positions from the Automate! window.

03/05/20    Allow user to edit number of points to skip in plot TDI curves for CalcImage TDI plots. Modify Output Sample parameters
                    to utilize middle pixel (rather than first pixel) in CalcImage (Allaz).

03/06/20    Modify Bruker, JEOL and Demo EDS get net intensity code to allow for sensitivity calculations by returning "off-peak" bgd count times (Hanson).

03/11/20    Add load and output to Surfer for TDI correction percents (Allaz).

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=912.msg9110#msg9110

This feature allows the user to visualize the time dependent intensity (TDI) corrections for each pixel in quantitative x-ray maps.

04/19/20    Modify CalcImage Align and Crop feature to support PrbImg files (in addition to GRD files) (Fellowes).

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=1152.msg9177#msg9177

This feature can be useful when one needs to perform the align and crop *before* converting the PrbImg files to GRD files for subsequent quantification in CalcImage. This could be useful when performing replicate TDI acquisitions and there is sample drift from one TDI replicate to the other.

01/23/21    Modify TDI code to handle Nth point with zero time fraction (Allaz). This is because with zero time fraction, there is no on-peak data for the                      first of Nth points. See:

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=40.msg9686#msg9686

This is a slightly complicated topic because of the subtle way in which the TDI and Nth point features interact. See above link for full details.

06/29/21        Add Moy et al, 2021 Z Fraction exponent calculation button to Assign MAN dialog
                         and improve code for updating MAN fit display.

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=4.msg10036#msg10036

07/20/21    Add Aurelien Moy code for Droop method for amphiboles (still testing).
v. 12.9.7
                    Aurelien and I would appreciate any comments on this new amphibole code. See the calcic and sodic amphibole options for calculating                             excess oxygen from ferric/ferrous iron ratios in the Calculation Options dialog in Probe for EPMA (and CalcZAF).

08/13/21        Add new keyword to Probewin.ini to specify which WMF image file to load as default when StageMap form loads.

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=40.msg10107#msg10107

09/18/21         Add new standard database field for standard mount name(s) (Seward).
v. 12.9.8 

10/08/21    Add UnknownIsStandard option in Calculate Options dialog (Ruth, Fellowes, Orlandini).
v. 12.9.9

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.msg10257#msg10257

11/07/21    Add Acquisition Options button to Basic EPMA form (von der Handt).

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.msg10344#msg10344

11/13/21    Add "expansion" feature to Extract Polygon window in CalcImage for working with small images (von der Handt).

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php?topic=249.msg10383#msg10383

This feature allows one to load quant x-ray maps for pixel extract at 2x, 3x and 4x normal size for better visibility.

We hope you all find these new features useful and Happy New Year to all.

Regards,
The Probe Software Users Forum Team.

https://probesoftware.com/smf/index.php
John J. Donovan, Pres. 
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