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Schneider Gauss Optics is a new software program that simplifies the task of determining the parameters for lenses needed for virtually any application. This innovative software allows mechanical and electrical engineers to readily explore, analyze, modify and specify the optics and structure of their products at any stage of design or manufacturing, without direct assistance from an on-site optical engineer.

Typical industrial products requiring a lens assembly include scanners, diagnostic instruments, automatic readers, robotic vision systems, process control systems, security systems, and all kinds of machine vision systems.

Schneider Gauss Optics Software also allows traditional photographers to determine the precise focal lengths of lenses required to achieve appropriate image circles under varying circumstances of subject size, distance and film size. This software calculates depth-of-field and depth-of-focus tables at any object distance, magnification and f-number even when dealing with macro images.

Originally developed at the optical engineering and manufacturing facilities of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke Kreuznach GmbH & Co. KG, in Germany -- a world leader in optical design for over 85 years -- Schneider Gauss Optics is now available in an English language version.

With Schneider Gauss Optics, the user simply enters a few basic known parameters. These can include height of subject (Object Size), preferred distance from subject to lens (Object Distance), and size of film or sensor surface (Image Plane). With the provision of just a few specifications, the software automatically calculates all other relevant parameters, suggests suitable existing lenses, and provides charts, tables and diagrams necessary to document the selection.

Schneider Gauss Optics runs on Windows 3.x, Windows 95, or Windows NT and is easily installed from a single 3.5'' floppy disk. Documentation is straightforward and can be viewed and printed from any word processing program to provide assistance with installation and program usage. Help menus are afforded for rapid access during operation. Free telephone field support is available from Schneider Optics, Inc, by telephone, fax, email and on the web.

Email ssinger@schneideroptics.com for ordering info.