Launch of New MetaMorph(R) Software From Molecular Devices Streamlines Imaging Workflow to Ensure Ease of Use and Increase Customer Efficiency

By Molecular Devices Inc., PRNE
Monday, December 6, 2010

SUNNYVALE, California, December 7, 2010 - Molecular Devices, Inc., the prominent source of powerful software for
the bioresearch imaging industry, today announced the launch of the next
generation of its MetaMorph(R) Software, streamlining the imaging workflow
while preserving the acquisition capabilities and extensive hardware support
that has made the software the best in its class.


The software will be showcased at the 50th annual meeting of the American
Society for Cell Biology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 11-15, 2010.
Please visit for details.

The new MetaMorph(R) NX Software presents an entirely redesigned
user-centered interface to simplify even the most complex imaging tasks. With
one-click access to features, integrated hardware setup, and synchronized,
unobstructed views of data, the new software modernizes the imaging process.
Instead of spending time learning complicated software, customers can spend
their time on what is most important-their research. Our customers helped
shape this most recent addition to the MetaMorph(R) Software Suite of
products, which will begin shipping in January 2011.

"The MetaMorph NX software was developed with direct customer input,
including feedback received through design and testing forums," said Mark
, President of Molecular Devices. "While we continue to include the
advanced features that our customers have relied on for nearly 25 years, we
now also provide customers who are new to imaging microscopy with the means
to quickly become imaging experts. The MetaMorph NX Software propels
Molecular Devices far ahead of the competition and introduces to the market
the ideal balance between ease of use and powerful measurement capability."

Organized workspace coupled with a faster workflow means users become
imaging experts in minutes

With the new patent-pending Dataset View, users can display and analyze
large amounts of data without sacrificing clarity. Images and data that
belong to a dataset stay together in one organized workspace. Arranging the
display of images within a Dataset View is as easy as selecting one of seven
view modes. For example, the "Time vs. Z" view mode uses a grid to display
images acquired at successive time points from left to right and images
acquired at successive Z steps from top to bottom. Multiple Dataset Views can
be placed side by side to compare various aspects of the same dataset or
different datasets. Zoom and pan all displayed images at once, scale images
of any bit depth, and assign colors to channels to further investigate even
the most subtle objects in images. A single mouse click instantly exports
images to Microsoft PowerPoint for compelling presentations or for
preparation for publication. The new tab-based "ribbon" interface provides
convenient access to features, while users can create their own shortcuts to
commonly used options. Each acquisition mode presents just the options that
are relevant to that mode and guides users quickly through configuration.
Comprehensive measurements no longer require journals or macros. By
specifying settings directly on the ribbon, measurements are simultaneously
made across selected planes of an image. Work (and precious time) is never
lost as the MetaMorph NX Software automatically saves acquired images as well
as measurement results, which can be accessed, reconfigured, and filtered at
any time.

Integrated hardware support for more devices and components than any
other imaging software application on the market

The MetaMorph NX Software continues the strong market leadership position
long held by the MetaMorph(R) Software Suite of products as the imaging
software that supports hundreds of microscope devices and components. As
such, it is the most flexible and powerful foundation available for a
cohesive and customizable imaging acquisition and analysis system. Hardware
configurations have never been as easy as they are now - with just a few
clicks on the Hardware Setup tab, devices and components can be quickly
configured for use with the MetaMorph NX Software.

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Lisa English, PhD, APR, Director of Communications of Molecular Devices, Inc., +1-408-747-3630, lisa.english at

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