Carl Zeiss MicroImaging Inc. has added new functions to its Axio CSM 700 confocal light microscope. Materials scientists now can measure 3-D topography over large sample areas more easily. Scanning stage control is integrated into the software and allows large sample areas to be captured in a mosaic fashion. The stitching algorithm ensures that no transitions are perceived between the single images in the final mosaic. The encoded and motorized objective nosepiece facilitates operation. English units such as inches and microinches have been integrated into the software, resulting in improved compliance with the material microscopy standards valid in parts of North America. The software’s newly programmed filter improves image processing.