StarLab 3: Why Upgrade?

StarLab 3.0 Laser Measurement Software

StarLab 3.0 Laser Measurement Software

You may feel that StarLab 2.4 works fine and after all, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Well, you’re right.

StarLab 2.4 is okay.  In fact, we were quite proud of it until now.  But StarLab 3.0 is not just new features and bug fixes.  The user interface was taken apart and rebuilt from scratch in a way that (we hope) is easier to use, cleaner, and more flexible.

The software team changed quite a few things in StarLab 3.0 and I’ll go into more detail below.  But if I had to sum them all up in just one sentence, here’s what I’d say:

We want you to spend more time measuring your laser and less time worrying about how StarLab works.

You don’t want to learn how to use StarLab.  You want to learn what’s going on under the hood of your laser and how to make sure it stays at top performance.

The main goal in StarLab 3.0 is to allow you to remain focused on your laser and whatever you use it for.

That said, if you already know the old version and don’t want to disrupt your flow, rest assured that we will still offer and support StarLab 2.4.  But you should at least know what features you’re missing… J

So here are a few of the changes in StarLab 3.0, but of course you should download it yourself to really see the difference.  (It’s still free.)

Graphs

Graph options are now right on the graph so they’re really easy to find.  These include changing graph type (line graph, histogram, analog needle, etc.) as well as changing power range and resolution.  Since the options are now per graph, you can have two different types of graphs when you’re working with multiple sensors.  (Of course that’s for separate graphs.  If you want to merge the two signals to one graph, they will have to share the same graph type.)

Numerical Results

This is the simplest part of StarLab, but also perhaps the most important.

Here’s the number that you need to know about your laser right now.  How much power (or energy) is it outputting?

This number is displayed above the graph, next to some statistics (max, min, average, standard deviation).  However, you can choose what to display and you can do a few things to focus more on the main numerical display.

The left tab (where you can find the sensor information) and graph can both be minimized (or either one) to make the numerical results much larger.  You can even remove the statistics for a true full-screen experience.  There is now also a reverse highlighting option for the display if that makes it easier to read.

StarLab 3.0: Numerical display with graph and statistics minimized

StarLab 3.0: Numerical display with all else minimized.  Note reverse highlighting option.

Add / Remove Sensors – Whenever

In the past, all sensors to be used must be ready when StarLab is opened.  If you wanted to add a sensor, you needed to close StarLab, plug in the sensor, then reopen it and start all over again.

I’m hesitant to call this a “bug fix” as the marketing and or programming departments will probably have my head.  But, between you and me, there’s no reason why you should have to go through all that trouble just to switch your sensors.

Well, I’m sure our programmers could give you a detailed explanation why this used to be true, but whatever the case, they have found a way around it, because in StarLab 3.0 this no longer an issue.  Keep StarLab open as long as you want.  You can add or remove devices by clicking the “plus” at the top of the left tab.  Do this whenever you want.  As often as you want.

Let’s wrap it up

So I’ve told you a few of things to expect in StarLab 3.0, but you don’t need to take my word for it.  Go try it out for yourself.

Download StarLab, free of charge.

PS – I’d love to hear your thoughts on the new StarLab and if you have any questions or feature requests I will happily bring them directly to the head of software development.

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