Sherlock Essential general-purpose machine vision software has been launched by ipd. This Windows-based product is designed to simplify the development and deployment of machine vision tasks. The company says the graphical interface enables users to quickly configure applications without writing a single line of code. It offers image capture, archiving and playback from one camera, the ability to define, process and inspect regions of interest, and extensive edge analysis capability. Sherlock Essential also provides blob analysis, a correlation search for basic pattern matching, illumination control and contrast detection.