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What’s new in version 9.1?

December 9, 2021

Brand-new version 9.1 is here and it comes with many exciting features: create custom styles & apply them to your studies, get improved force volume visualizations, take your force curve analyses even further with new operators & more!

Scroll down to find out more about the new features available in this release:

Cross-technology features

Save & apply your favorite study styles

  • Create a custom style (background colors, palette, axis settings etc.) and choose to pass it on to further studies created in the document
  • Quickly copy/paste styles from one study (pseudo color view, manual measurements, 3D view etc.) to another
  • Choose to apply any style to all studies in the document
  • The possibilities are endless!


Extract multiple (custom) regions of interest

  • Extract multiple areas of different shape in the Extract area operator
  • Focus on the region(s) of interest the most important to you on your sample
  • Rectangular, circular and custom areas can be combined and modified
  • Define either areas to be extracted, or areas to be discarded from the extraction
  • Extracted areas can still be manipulated directly on the studiable in the document



Even more resources to help you use Mountains®

  • Updated Reference Guide
    • More descriptions of features and improvements have been made available in English, German, French, and Japanese
    • The Mountains® Reference Guide now totals 500+ entries
  • Additional ready-to-use “templates” to help you learn
    • Follow detailed explanations on how to perform analyses
    • Substitute data used with your own data and get an instantly updated analysis document


Left. The Mountains® Reference Guide now contains 500+ entries. Right. An index for each instrument technology gives access to a wide variety of resources: document “templates”, video tutorials etc.

SPM/Force spectroscopy features

Force volume: improved visualization options

  • Display approach and retract segments as thumbnails in the Force volume view study to visualize force of all points at the same distance
  • Change the physical quantity (force, deflection in nm or in V) if the constants are known
  • Select any point in the force volume image and visualize the corresponding curve
  • Display coordinates of the curve and curve number

Choose physical quantity to show on Z axis


Select a point on Force Volume image and display corresponding force curve


Clean up your force curve data and get ready for analysis!

  • New Sort force curves operator: remove outliers or keep curves of interest according to their shape
  • Works on series of force curves and force volume datasets

Exclude anomalies and outlying curves with the new “Sort force curves” Operator


Meaningful force curve analysis: select zones of interest

  • New Sort by a parameter operator: sort force curves according to a parameter (Young’s modulus, adhesion energy etc….) for example to isolate different materials composing a sample

Selecting curves of interest using the histogram in the new “Sort by a parameter” Operator


Force curves: new features requested by users

  • Calculate energy parameters and generate parameter maps (for Dissipated energy, Adhesion energy, Total deformation energy etc.)
  • Fitting range: enhance indentation analysis by defining a custom fitting range on the separation axis
  • Enhanced baseline detection: access new base-line detection methods in the Correct the base-line operator: Remove form and Manual. Force curve base-lines (if defined) can now be displayed as horizontal bars.


Left. Display Total deformation energy. Right. Overlay of Young’s modulus on 3D topography.


Force curves: other new features

  • Manage non-measured curves in force volume datasets
  • Export and import force curves in text format
  • Display all force curves and envelopes in graphs
  • Display axis legends on all force curve graphs
  • General interface improvements for force curve and force volume data users


Left. Manage non-measured curves in force volume (here, in gray). Right. Display upper & lower envelopes (here, in black).

Profilometry features

Improved point cloud meshing & shell (freeform surface) remeshing

  • Mesh the point cloud operator: get a faster, more accurate result when meshing point cloud data
  • New Remesh options on Shells:
    • Homogenize triangle size using a defined edge length: a useful option when working with large datasets!
    • Optimize triangles with regard to local curvature (more triangles on texturized areas and less on flat areas)



New Rotate operator on Point Clouds/Shells

  • Rotate Point Cloud and Shell studiables using the new Rotate operator
  • Perform rotation manually
  • Specify the angles around the XYZ axes
  • Or let the software automatically align the point cloud main axes to the XY horizontal plane: useful if you have a point cloud representing a flat object which has been measured at an angle


Visualize deviations used by parameters on Shells

  • Generate the deviations used for the calculation of surface texture parameters on Shell and visualize them as a 3D attribute
  • A useful option for visualizing the effect of the choice of reference in the “Selection of parameters” dialog

Spectral features

Load RGB images containing chemical data as multi-channel studiables

  • Generate a multi-channel image when opening chemical images in standard image formats


Multi-channel data: manage colors & legends

  • Attribute colors & names to multi-channel cubes and images
  • Dependent studies are automatically updated
  • Display legends in short or long form

SEM/Spectral features

Build spectacular 3D EDS/EDX Maps

  • See your SEM data like never before:
    • Quickly build a 3D model from 2 successive scans or 4 4-quadrant images
    • Overlay EDS/EDX Maps and choose how to display colors (mixed/unmixed)
    • Reveal correlations between topography & chemical composition
  • Use a single software package for this entire analysis sequence

3D model of surface topography + chemical composition
Courtesy of Emmanuel Guilmeau, CRISMAT (Caen), Jean-Claude Ménard, JEOL France


Load FIB image series as cubes & segment

  • Easily load a series of images as slices of a FIB-SEM tomography cube and assemble:
    • grayscale images into a single-channel BSE cube
    • color images into a multi-channel cube (RGB colors interpreted as up to 3 EDX channels)
  • Resample if necessary
  • Use new color options and settings to visualize 3D particle segmentation (by material, by grain)

Cubes ⇒ images ⇒ profiles: from 3D to 2D to 1D chemical maps

  • Switch dimensions quickly & easily to extract relevant data from your sample!
  • Use Extract Slice tool to extract one of the voxel layers (2D) from a multi-channel cube (3D)
  • Use Extract Profile to perform a cross section (1D) of the extracted layer (2D)
  • Channel properties (colors, legend) are passed on from studiable to studiable during extractions

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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