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What’s new in Mountains® 9.2?

May 17, 2022

New version 9.2 of Mountains® surface analysis software is here and it comes with many exciting features! Scroll down to find out more about the new features available in this release:

Cross-technology features

Keep your document, switch your studiables!

  • Mountains® unique interactive workflow now allows you to simultaneously substitute several source studiables
  • Use a document in which an operator or a study is applied on several root studiables (surface subtraction, SEM image reconstruction, colocalization etc.), or when several studiables are contained in a single file (ie. spectral images + mean spectra)

Easily access and manage statistics by class

  • Display statistics by class directly in the Particle Analysis study to compare different particle populations in the same sample
  • Choose which parameters and which statistics to show
  • Compare values from different particle classes using statistical parameters (average, standard deviation etc.)
  • Parameters table is interactive => click on a class or sub-class to display its colors and legends in the particle visualization, choose to delete particles of one or several classes
  • Compositional analysis: obtain coverage for each class (element)

Improved Grid view

  • When working with multi-channel files (series, AFM datasets etc.), choose the channels you want to show using the checkboxes
  • Synchronized zoom feature allows you to dynamically visualize the same region of interest at the same time on each channel
  • Get more information and a better visualization of your multi-channel data: manage axes, show graphical scale, color-scale for Z-axis etc.


Profilometry/Surfaces & Profiles features

A new toolbox for analyzing thickness

  • Align any two studiables to create a “thickness pair” using manual or semi-automatic tools
  • Analyze thickness (between an upper layer and a lower layer)
  • Generate global thickness parameters (mean thickness, minimum/maximum, standard deviation etc.)
  • Calculate parameters at a specific point, along a line or over a zone
  • Define maximum and minimum thickness limits and easily identify zones that are out-of-limits (useful for applications where constancy of thickness is important: varnish, coatings, sealing membranes etc.)
  • Generate stunning 3D thickness visualizations
  • Cross-section them to get two-profile 2D analyses of membranes with interactive measurement

Visualize & analyze wear & deposit

  • Quantify wear and material deposit
  • Evaluate surface change over time by comparing two successive topography measurements of the same zone
  • Generate global parameters (projected area, volume etc.)
  • Calculate parameters at a specific point, along a line or over a zone
  • Define maximum and minimum limits and graphically visualize zones that are out-of-tolerance
  • Generate stunning 3D views of wear and deposit and animate them
  • Cross-section them to get two-profile 2D analyses with interactive measurement

New Bandpass-filter bank operator

  • Apply multiple bandpass filters with increasing cut-offs on Profiles and Surfaces
  • Characterize samples at different wavelengths and correlate with surface function


New tools for Contour Analysis

  • Exclude defects on components from calculations on Contour Profiles using new robust fitting method
  • Fit a circle with a fixed radius value when comparing with nominal form
  • New Settings dialog button improves usability

Profilometry/Shells & Point Clouds features

Automatically level Surfaces extracted from Shells or Point Clouds

  • Save time by letting Mountains® apply best-fit leveling to surfaces extracted from Shells or Point Clouds
  • Useful for analyzing roughness on hard-to-reach parts (for example on an additive manufactured part imaged using tomography)

New Fit form operator

  • Fit a geometric form (plane, cylinder, sphere) on a Shell using Least squares method
  • Visualize the resulting Shell with a color scale indicating form deviations

Mesh point clouds quickly with new automatic mode

  • Faster meshing of point clouds with higher quality results

More options for remeshing and optimizing Shells

  • Improved mesh optimization eliminates unnecessary points on flat zones, thus lightening file size and subsequently allowing quicker calculation times

Generate a Surface+Image studiable from a Shell containing color information

  • New option in Extract surface operator
  • Allows even better rendering and subsequent access to image analysis tools

Better fluidity between Shells & other studiable types

  • Convert surfaces to Shells and access Shell analysis features (ie. curvature calculation)
  • Convert Shells to Point Clouds

Correlation & spectroscopy features

Colocalization: improved automation & new tools for correlative studies

  • Thumbnails allow better identification and selection of different elements
  • See overlays even if they are positioned outside the colocalization background

  • New menu gives clearer access to positioning methods
  • Access axis settings when performing colocalization:
  • choose absolute or relative X/Y coordinates to better highlight features
  • access Z-axis settings in the case of topography


Easier navigation when working with multi-channel data

  • Switch easily from composite mode (several channels) to single channel mode to visualize only parts of data which matter to you

Chemical images: set minimum value to zero when thresholding

  • Eliminate noise by setting baseline value to zero
  • Useful for calculating spectral intensity values

Scanning Probe Microscopy features

Calculate derivatives on IV curves and spectra

  • Use new Calculate derivatives operator on IV curves and spectra to calculate first and second derivatives
  • Quickly view the new calculated signals in the Result view
  • Generated derivative signals or initial and derivative signals can be exported as studiables
  • Can be used to compare measured curves with calculated mean curves

Adjust Z-offset

  • Shift all absolute Z-values with a constant (set a Z-reference at a user-defined height)
  • Allows users to calculate heights from a reference and improves comparisons between studies (e.g. Particle analysis)
  • Developed for SPM users but can be used on data from other instrument types


How to update

Access to this latest release is included in the Mountains® Software Maintenance Plan (SMP). Please visit our Software Updates page.
To find out more about SMP options, please contact or visit this page.

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