HAMBURG, Germany, Oct. 2, 2012 — An updated version of the LEXT OLS4000 confocal laser scanning microscope software has been released by Olympus Europa Holding GmbH. Compatible with Windows 7, 64-bit operation, version 2.2 allows users to capture high-resolution images up to 10 times faster than the previous version. The new 3-D multilayer function can measure transparent layers, enabling measurement and analysis of multiple layers within a single sample. Users can obtain 3-D images to assess surface metrology. The software facilitates noncontact measurement of surface roughness, maintaining sample integrity while obtaining the dimensions of microgeometries. The multilayer mode enables users to recognize the peaks of reflected light intensities on multiple layers within a sample. They can observe and measure the upper surface of a transparent specimen, and measure the thickness of each layer. The shape and roughness of a layer sitting below transparent material, such as a metal surface sitting under a resin layer, can be measured.