Zebra Aurora™ Vision Studio 5.3 is data-flow based software designed for machine vision engineers. It does not require programming skills, but it is still so powerful that it has been used in many of the most demanding vision systems.
The architecture is highly flexible, ensuring that users can easily adapt the product to the way they work and to specific requirements of any project.
Why Zebra Aurora™ Vision Studio?
With Zebra Aurora™ Vision Studio you create complete machine vision applications without coding. Just select filters (tools) from Toolbox and connect them in a visual editor. Then, drag & drop filter outputs to data previews and run the program. In a similar fashion you can also create an HMI. See how easy the environment is:
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All programming is done by choosing filters and connecting them with each other. You can focus all your attention on computer vision. For a quick demo see Your First Program video tutorial.
Inspection results are visualized on multiple configurable data previews; and when a parameter in the program is changed, you can see the previews updated in real time.
You can easily create custom graphical user interfaces and thus build the entire machine vision application using a single software package.
There are over 1000 ready-for-use machine vision filters tested and improved in hundreds of applications. They have many advanced capabilities such as outlier suppression, subpixel precision or any-shape region-of-interest.
The filters are aggressively optimized for the SSE/AVX/NEON technologies and for multicore processors. Our implementations are ones of the fastest in the world (as can be seen in the Performance section).
There is no coding, but you can still create custom and scalable program flows. Loops, conditions and subprograms (macrofilters) are realized with appropriate data-flow constructs in the graphical way. Version 5.0 also adds parallel programming.
Zebra Aurora™ Vision Studio is a GigE Vision compliant product, supports the GenTL interface, as well as a number of vendor-specific APIs. Thus, you can use it with most cameras available on the market, including models from Allied Vision, Basler, Baumer, Dalsa, FLIR, Matrix Vision, Photon Focus and XIMEA.
You can use user filters to integrate your own C/C++ code with the benefits of visual programming. It takes 30 seconds to build first user filter and 5 seconds to update one after recompilation. This video shows how easy and straightforward it is.
Programs created in Studio can be exported to C++ code or to .NET assemblies. This makes it very easy to integrate your vision algorithms with applications created in C++, C# or VB programming languages.
for students & enthusiasts
|Library of tools||
|Support period||1 year||6 months||None||None|
|Data-flow program editor|
|Simplified program editor|
|User Filters (C++)|
|Industrial image aquisition||Watermarked|
|Separate runtime licensing|
|Continuous program execution||60 minutes|
|C++ Code Generator|
|Export to .NET technology|
|Export encrypted runtime executables|
Released in August/September 2020, the 5.0 version of Zebra Aurora™ Vision Studio came with some really big changes and plenty of exciting new features, both of which could be divided into two main themes. The first theme is the simplified development, under which we have added new features specifically targeted at the end users and more simple applications. The other theme are powerful features for advanced users who create big, multi-camera and highly interactive systems. Here are the top new features:
Formulas has been here for years, but with version 5.0 they can replace vast majority of auxiliary filters. This is possible with many new functions for arrays, geometry and with new array execution of expressions (in some programming languages this is called broadcasting)
Instead of creating the program structure with macrofilters, now you have four standard sections in one view: INITIALIZE, ACQUIRE, PROCESS and FINALIZE which correspond to program initialization, image acquistion, data processing and things that should happen when the program is being closed.
This new control is for easy definitions of Pass/Fail criteria. You just select a filter and you set ranges for its numeric outputs.
The Results control also collects and displays statistics such as Pass/Fail counters, average, minimal and maximal values.
It became possible to run several macrofilters (worker tasks) in parallel. This creates many new possibilities, including handling asynchronous communication and optimizing processing of images coming from multiple cameras.
An Event Handler is a macrofilter that gets executed when an event occurs. This may be things like button click or change to a parameter. This new feature greatly simplifies creation of highly interactive HMI and allows for better separation of the HMI from the main program loop.
For more information about available options see Editions section.