CI-600 software version 4 is compatible with both 32 and 64 bit Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems.
CI-600 software version 3.1.22 is compatible with only 32 bit Windows Vista, XP and Windows 7.
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At CID Bio-Science, scratches on root tubes are buffed out using scratch remover solutions from Novus: #3 heavy scratch remover, followed by #2 fine scratch remover. Similar products can easily found for purchase online. If you are removing and reinserting tubes annually, this may be useful to keep on hand. One bottle lasts quite a long time and should be used with a soft, lint free rag.
Brightness, contrast and other photo-editing parameters can be adjusted using a third-party software, such as Photoshop. A batch of images can be adjusted at the same time using features in Photoshop: http://photoshop-tutorials.wonderhowto.com/how-to/batch-automate-photoshop-297871/
If your Acer computer came with a 1 year Office 365 subscription, you will have 6 months to activate it with Microsoft.
Use the following steps to activate your Office 365 subscription. Before you begin make sure your computer has internet access.
If you have to reinstall Office, login to your MyAccount page, and then click Deactivate Install. After deactivating that installation, click Install. This will install your existing subscription of Office 365.
As noted by https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2571899 clickonce deployment is not compatible with roaming profiles. (roaming profiles are often used in universities where it is nice to have application data follow you from PC to PC)
When installing the software it is useful to create a shortcut from the ".application" file in the installation folder to a location available to all users; such as /user/public or /users/default
For the CI-600 In-Situ Root Imager, we recommend a 3” (inch) diameter auger bit with two extension pieces for drilling holes to accommodate the 2.75” outer diameter of the CI-600 tubes.
For the CI-602 Narrow Gauge Root Imager, a 2.5" auger bit with two extension pieces is recommended for the 2.25" outer diameter of the 105 cm length CI-602 tubes.
When using the earthquake auger, brace the auger to steady the bit and to ensure that the angle of the holes for each tube placement is consistent. The hole created by the auger should be just larger than the tube to minimize the airspace around the tube exterior. With excess space, created by an unsteady auger bit, air pockets can occur between the tube and the soil, which will be visible in the root image and may lead to excess condensation on the exterior of the root tube. It is best to limit the space between tube exterior and soil wall to 8mm, or 0.3".
Image quality can sometimes be improved through calibration. View the images below for examples of typical quality verses necessary calibration.
Bands of lighter or darker pixels, visible as wide stripes across the image
These are typical of images captured with the CI-600 and CI-602. The scan head is composed of banks of sensors for which the calibration may be slightly different, resulting in thick bands of slightly lighter or darker hue.
Uneven, colorless, thin lines on image
These are a result of the fibers that make up the root tubes. The imager is essentially capturing the walls of the root tube and then the soil and roots beyond. These thin lines should not be consistent from tube-to-tube if it is truly the root tube fibers. This is caused by the soil not being packed tightly around the outside of the tube.
Thin, consistently pattered stripes
These kinds of images are a result of either a failed calibration, improper connection between instrument and PC, or failed hardware. To troubleshoot, ensure you are using the proper cables and that your connections are secure. Next, try a recalibration using the provided calibration tube. If recalibration does not improve your images, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CI-600 is typically safe to use in conditions ranging from -5c through 55c.