RIPS (Rapid Identification of Points for SIMS) Tutorial

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Example of sample surface image.


This page provides access, and a short tutorial on how to use the image registration software. The software was developed to make the process of finding and identifying points to analyze in complicated samples much quicker.

Quick, Simple Instructions

This is the simplest, step-by-step way to use this suit of programs (also in the 'Overview' section of the manual). There are more options (see the pod attached with each file) and longer descriptions (see the manual) if you have further questions.

  1. Acquire images to map to SIMS stage.
  2. Open up Inkscape and import images. Put every image in a separate layer for each (if you have only one image, don't worry about the layers). Leave Inkscape open.
  3. Double click on correlator.html and fill that form out, while tagging those locations on your images in Inkscape. Using the upper-left corner of rectangles, and make certain that the tags are in the same layer as the image you are tagging.
  4. When finished, save your Inkscape file in the same (or sub-directory) as the perl files and close Inkscape.
  5. Click on the 'Output .txt file' button in correlator.html . A window will pop-up with your data. Save that window (unless you are in IE, click File->Save As) as 'yoursamplename.txt' in the same directory as the .svg file you just made.
  6. Double click on
  7. Double click on the new file 'yoursamplename.svg' to open it up in Inkscape.
  8. Tag the locations you want to analyze using rectangles like above. Put all these rectangles in SIMS Targets layers (this is the default).
  9. Save the file.
  10. Run
  11. Transfer the new .hpl file to the Sun workstation. Load the file, double check the locations, and run your analysis.

Software and Documentation

Written software is as follows separately or all together:

Installation Requirements

In order to use these you must have:

If you use correlator.html you need a browser with JavaScript . It works best with Internet Explorer. Firefox and Opera work. Safari and Google Chrome (as of testing) don't work so well.

If you plan on moving the .hpl file to the SUN, we suggest you use a SCP program to move it there. Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X have SCP programs accessible through the command-line. If you use Windows, you can use WinSCP (copy v.4.17 here).

Copyright Compliance for Binary Packages

Please note that Perl and Math::MatrixReal use GPL v1. Inkscape and WinSCP use GPL v2.

See Also

These are links to files and books that are in the See Also section of the Perl files but could not be linked from there.

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