ONE common difficulty with automated gel and blot imaging systems is that of photographic resolution.
Images are typically displayed on monitors at a standard resolution of 72 dot per inch (dpi).
When it comes to printing and publication, this is just not good enough.
Publications usually require images at 300dpi, and the same resolution is needed for photographic prints from commercial printing labs or desktop inkjet and laser printers, to avoid pixellation.
One answer is to print the image at much smaller size – if the image is reduced to roughly one-quarter of the original, the same number of dots can be squeezed together to make a 300dpi image.
This has obvious disadvantages and, says Aplegen, is no longer necessary thanks to its Smart Capture Technology.
This advanced software is installed on all Aplegen gel documentation systems to control the camera, filter, lens, and lighting options and reduce user input to a minimum.
The latest version of the software includes an option to save image files at 600x600dpi.
The higher the dpi, the better the image’s tonality and the smoother its blending will be, says Aplegen.
This latest version means that users can be confident their images will be immediately ready for publication in journals or use in posters, without the need for any post processing or image manipulation.