One of my clients uses VISIA medical imaging software from Canfield Imaging Systems for various forms of medical research projects. They have had the VISIA software and imaging station for a year or more and recently needed to upgrade the software to take advantage of some new features available in VISIA 5.0. The client’s VISIA installation was at VISIA 4.2 so it required a major update to get to VISIA version 5.0. Upgrading the software is fairly easy but it is important to make sure you have current backups before the upgrade begins. Follow the directions below to first backup your the Microsoft SQL Server, backup the VISIA files, and then proceed with upgrading VISIA 4.2 to VISIA 5.0.
A medical research company that I do some work for called me the other day to install a software package on one of their Windows XP computers called Mirror. The Mirror software suite was created by Canfield Imaging Systems which is a medical imaging software company. Typically the patented Mirror software suite is used by aesthetic surgeons to show prospective patients a simulation of their potential appearance as noted on the Canfield web site. In this case my client typically uses a software package called VISIA which is also developed by Canfield Imaging Systems but doesn’t provide the easiest way to manage images outside of the software. In these studies dozens of pictures are taken of various angles of a patients face and VISIA will only allow you to export one image at a time as a JPG file or you can export the entire client as a .DIX file which I was only able to open with VISIA itself. Mirror allows you to manage the medical images in a much easier format including exporting numerous JPG’s at the same time. Below I describe how to install Mirror on Windows XP.
A friend asked me to help him clean up his iTunes library on his iMac the other night so I asked him to bring it by. When he did I realized what had happened which is he had moved the location of his iTunes folder from his computer to an external drive. After moving the folder he imported all of his music again which caused iTunes to think his 8,000 MP3’s had become 16,000 MP3’s. Half of the tracks had red exclamation points by them because iTunes had information about them but could no longer locate the file since he had moved all of the music to a new folder in a different location. I found an easy solution to resolve this problem on a Mac which I describe in detail below.
A friend of mine called the other day and asked if I would stop by to help him setup and configure an external hard drive he had purchased and unsuccessfully setup on his Mac desktop. Upon initial inspection I figured I would just uninstall the WD SmartWare software, reformat the drive, and set it up to simply act as a secondary drive. It turns out that the initial releases of the SmartWare software would require you to configure the drive using SmartWare so I instead of completely wiping the SmartWare software I decided to simply minimize the impact the SmartWare software would have on what my friend wanted to do which was simply have a secondary hard drive that he could copy files to. Below are a couple steps I took to minimize what the WD SmartWare software would do or require you to do before copying files to the external Western Digital hard drive. The first couple of steps are to make sure that the configuration we are starting with is from scratch and sense my friend started the install I wasn’t sure what had been configured so it was better to start over.
Modifying the icon of applications that are pinned to your Windows 7 taskbar is fairly easy in most cases however there are various scenarios where it can be a bit more complicated. I noticed that one of my applications appeared to have a default Windows icon of some sort so I wanted to modify it so I would know what the application was. In my case I have pinned all of the applications that I use on a daily basis to the Windows 7 taskbar. This is one of the features I love of Windows 7 as it makes it really easy for me to not only launch applications but also to manage applications that are currently running. I am a huge fan of only a little icon displaying and when you hover over it you can see how many windows are open and more detail about those windows. Below I describe how to modify the icon of applications pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar and some hints of what to do if you are unable to modify those icons easily such as if the Change Icon button in the shortcut properties is greyed out or inactive.