This page provides information helpful for understanding the base functionality of the Perception Studio program, describes the installation and licensing process as well as user data, and summarizes further web links.
About the Perception Studio Program
This section describes the layout of the graphical user interface and summarizes the purpose of its components.
The Perception Studio is a software suite for hyperspectral data acquisition and processing. Built on an extensible plug-in framework, the Perception Studio allows generic access to hyperspectral data. There are a number of base plug-ins like Acquire, Explore or Model. They provide functionality from data acquisition, to exploratory analysis, to the configuration of a data processing core.
The Perception Studio program User Interface is arranged in perspectives. Each perspective serves a specific task. All perspectives are accessible from tabs at the top of the ribbon menu. The number of perspectives available can vary depending on your selected combination of tools (plug-ins).
In the example above the Model perspective is active (denoted by a red line above the tab name).
Quick Access Bar
The program organizes generated data into projects. To open an existing, make a new project, or to save a project click on the buttons in the top menu of the program (this functionality is also available in Start perspective).
Data is accessible in the project browser on the left of the user interface. Export, import or delete data by clicking on the buttons at the top of the project browser.
Be sure to select the data of interest when working in a specific perspective - e.g. select the cube to be processed in the Model perspective by clicking on a data set in the browser (like Data>>polymers).
The properties of selected objects are shown in the lower left of the user interface in the resource editor. Use this editor to modify specific information about a selected object (e.g. the descriptive parameter of a cube).
Each perspective has its own ribbon menu near the top of the user interface. Use the ribbon menu to perform specific tasks in the selected perspective.
The data in a selected data set can be viewed for a selected perspective to the right of the user interface below the ribbon menu. The data viewed and how it is represented is controlled by the user's selection and is specific for each perspective.
Please see the additional pages of this documentation for specific information on perspectives, tools and strategies. Hint: The name of the pages start with the name of the perspective. Perspective: Model -> Page name: "Model Hyperspectral Information".
Perception Studio Requirements
Please consider the following requirements for your computer system before installing the Perception Studio program.
|Operating system:||Win 7 (64bit), Win10 (64bit)|
|Memory:||16 GB (32 GB recommended)|
|Size of installer:||approx. 150 MB *)|
|Free disk space for installation||approx. 500 MB *)|
*) Strongly depends on the version to be installed.
Here the installation process of the Perception Studio program is described.
Download the most recent software version from the download space (here).
Double click on the downloaded file and follow the instructions in the installation wizard.
When installation is successful specify if you would like to launch the program immediately.
Like all other programs, the Perception Studio program can be launched from the program menu of Windows or from a short cut on your desktop (if one was generated during installation).
Licensing of Perception Studio
Perception Studio has to be licensed to your computer hardware. Without it you can still run the software in demo mode.
From version 2.0 onwards Perception Studio supports a so-called "demo mode".
Demo (unlicensed) mode
Download the software of interest and start working immediately in demo-mode (without the need to purchase a license beforehand).
Note that following features of the software are disabled in demo (unlicensed) mode:
- Saving of cubes, models and other assets.
Online Activation & Transfer
How to activate and transfer a license is described here Online Activation & Transfer.
User Data (Perception Projects)
In this section we describe the organization of project data on your hard drive. This information is helpful when project data needs to be copied to other storage media (e.g. for back up purposes).
As described above, all data generated during a Perception Studio session is collected in a Perception Project. The current project is listed on the left of the project browser.
When a project is saved, the Perception Studio program saves all data for the project in a user directory on your hard drive.
Structure of a project
A project is composed of a project file (pproj file) and a folder of the same name containing various project related data. The content of the project folder varies depending on the data stored. Typically sub folders are
- Data: contains all data of the project like hyperspectral cubes.
- FeatureModels: contains models generated by means of the Model perspective.
- HardwareInterfaces: contains the configuration of interfaces to connected hardware components of the project.
Structure of the user data folder
The default location of user data on your hard drive is ...\Documents\Perception Park. Dependent on your installation and work the user data folder can consist of different sub folders:
- projects: default location of all your saved projects,
- examples: default location of example projects.
A project is identified in the Perception Studio program by its project file (pproj file). Make sure the data folder for a project is available in parallel to the project file when data is copied to an alternative location. Without the data folder available a project cannot be reconstructed in a future session of the Perception Studio program.
In addition to this documentation, this section summarizes web links to the Perception Studio program and Perception Plug-ins.
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