FCS Express 5 Release Notes

This page contains the final release notes for FCS Express 5.

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Release Notes

Version 5.01.0082 - December 19, 2016

Bug Fixes

  1. Previously, if combination gates were used for coloring dots on more than one plot, then depending on the order in which the plots were drawn by FCS Express, the plots may not have been drawn to include all gate colors
  2. Fixed a bug where if you had the Gates To Display set to include "Everything but what is checked below" and moving gates that were parents of checked gates did not cause the plot to refresh.
  3. Fixed a crash that occurred when attempting to open a layout with kinetics or proliferation stats grids in FCS Express 5.01.0081 IVD
  4. Included options in the batch processing Export to PDF action that had been cut off previously, including a checkbox for confirming overwriting existing files
Version 5.01.0081 - October 28, 2016

Important Upgrade Announcement

  • This release introduces modifications to the structure of the FCS Express Security database. If your license is configured to use a Security system, please read these instructions carefully before upgrading.

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed a bug that caused minor changes in statistics when switching from hyperlog to biexponential scaling
  2. Previously, proliferation fit stat tokens were not updated consistently if the plot was located on a different page from the token, and the other page was not visible. In the RUO releases, this bug has been fixed. In the IVD release, the ability to use proliferation plots and statistics has been removed.
  3. Previously, kinetics stat tokens were not updated consistently if either the plot was located on a different page from the token, and the other page was not visible, or if the Plotting Value was based on a token, and that token updated. In the RUO releases, this bug has been fixed. In the IVD release, the ability to use kinetics plots and statistics has been removed.
  4. Improved handling of clipboard errors, will reduce crashes FCS Express is in an idle state
  5. Fixed error that occurred while certain CyAn data files
  6. Resolved a crash that could occur when continually switching plots between data files with compensation when using Undo/Redo
  7. Fixed a problem compensations were not always applied after being dragged from the compensations window to a plot
  8. Eliminated crashing that occurred in certain layouts when saving as PDF files
  9. Improved handling of greyscale images
  10. Improvements to countercode system to make it more robust in distributed network environments
  11. Fixed a crash in secure configurations when no database initialization files were found
  12. Fixed a crash that could occur after a session was remotely logged out or timed out
  13. Improvements in reading ICE format data
  14. Resolved a crash that could occur when using percentile quadrants in scatter plots on custom data
  15. Improved error handling when changing parameters to a parameter with different scaling, on plots where the Display Gates Options is set to check the data file of a new gate before adding it to the Display Gates
  16. Fixed the case where selected text with tokens would not be replaced by newly-inserted tokens.
  17. Improved database indexing to allow faster logins in configurations that use MS SQL Server
  18. Previously, if the printer icon was dragged to the Quick Access toolbar, then it would not work properly from there - this was fixed

Enhancements

  1. Added features for specific clinical customers
Version 5.01.0080 - March 31, 2016

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed a bug that caused quad statistics tokens to display incorrect results if the token had originally been created as a gate token, then changed to a quad token
  2. Fixed a bug where events on the axes were not being included in quadrant statistics in certain data files on log axes
  3. Several speed enhancements
  4. Fixed a crash that happened on creating custom data while there were no visible slides
  5. Fixed a crash caused by running out of memory while formatting multiple plots at the same time in a layout with over 50 MB of data
  6. Prevented gates from being created without any area
  7. Corrected a bug in automatic compensation that could cause an incorrect error to be displayed that there was no universal negative specified
  8. Made the 4PL and 5PL regressions more robust in handling unexpected data
  9. Improved documentation for custom token functions
  10. Fixed a rare crash when dragging and dropping items in the snapshots window
  11. Fixed display of several dialogs for high-resolution monitors
  12. Fixed a bug that caused data from specific Summit files to be not be displayed in 5.01.0050 and 5.01.0060

Enhancements

  1. Picture export dialog now remembers the most recently used format
  2. Improved handling of date keywords for data from Partec instruments
  3. Added new functions for custom tokens: StainIndex, DaysBetween, YearsBetween
Version 5.01.0060 - January 11, 2016

Important Upgrade Announcement

  • This release introduces modifications to the structure of the FCS Express Security database. If your license is configured to use a Security system, please read these instructions carefully before upgrading.

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed bug where compensation matrices would be calculated incorrectly under the following circumstances:
    • the automatic compensation setup and automatically created histograms were saved in the layout
    • the layout was reloaded
    • One of the single stained controls in the automatic compensation setup was missing and the user chose not to replace the file
    • “Calculate matrices” on the automatic compensation wizard was pressed
  2. Gate text boxes will now be created on automatically-generated plots as part of the compensation wizard
  3. Fixed a crash that happened in some circumstances while changing resolution on several plots at the same time
  4. Unified the message that appears on stat grids when their associated plot is not showing any data
  5. Reduced memory usage
  6. Removed limit on number of Excel columns that could be accessed in a batch report
  7. UI improvements for text and other visual elements on displays with high DPI settings
  8. Fixed a crash that occured while importing a Diva experiment if there was no Acquisition template in the experiment
  9. Eliminated duplicating quad stat text boxes when changing plot type
  10. Fixed a crash that could occur on some plots displaying quadrants when changing display scaling from hyperlog to log
  11. Resolved a problem on FCS Express 64-bit that could lead to a corrupted layout while saving the layout
  12. Fixed a crash that occured for some data grids if a column was being hidden
  13. Quad tokens based on an additional gate were previously showing different values from FCS Express 4

Enhancements

  1. Strengthened encryption for storing sensitive information
  2. Added new function for custom tokens: DateKWToDate
Version 5.01.0050 - November 6, 2015

Bug Fixes

  1. Added events that were out of range to the quadrants that they are closest to - affected quadrant statistics
  2. Significantly improved the speed of moving gates on large layouts
  3. Fixed a problem that could occur while opening specific version 4 layouts, with an incorrect message about "No mapping for the Unicode character exists" - these layouts can now be opened
  4. Fixed a crash in concentration calculation, if an error occured reading the data file's time format
  5. Allowed reading in layouts from version 4, where there were gates linked to markers that no longer existed
  6. Improved logging of gate visibility changes on plots
  7. Fixed a crash that occasionally occured when changing folders in a file dialog
  8. Resolved a crash that could appear on Windows Vista when displaying the printer dialog
  9. Fixed a problem that could occur when rearranging gates in a gate view, by dragging a gate to be a child of a combination gate that refered to it
  10. Improvements to quad processing
  11. Eliminated the ability to close the layout during batch processing
  12. Improved the stability when copying and pasting large numbers of batch processing items from one Excel report to another
  13. Improved error messages when errors occured with parmaeter math
  14. Enhanced the clarity of plot images, gate view images, and master page background exported to PDFs
  15. Improved scrolling in the parameter list popup selection on plots showing data files with large number of parameters
  16. Fixed depth spacing of overlays in 3-D histograms
  17. Improved stability of Multicycle statistics calculations
  18. Allowed dragging quad text boxes into batch processing reports to create items
  19. Fixed a crash that could occur when changing the name of a well-gate in a gate view
  20. Fixed a problem preventing clicking on some context menu items when switching between some selected objects
  21. Previously, applying formatting from the toolbar caused plot titles to stop resolving their keywords
  22. Eliminated a crash while trying to add data from an FCS file to a bar plot displaying statistical data
  23. Eliminated a crash that occured in the compensation wizard when displaying the data list while setting up the compensation parameters
  24. Previously, when 1D plot statistics were modified, the changes were not always remembered
Version 5.01.0033 - August 27, 2015

Bug Fixes

  1. Improved the appearance of plots when exported to PDF
  2. Fixed scaling of the Master Page in Windows with high DPI settings
  3. Fixed calculating the number of original cells in proliferation statistics
  4. Increased the speed of loading layouts with compound data where the layout was saved with the data list displayed
  5. Improved stat grid autosizing in Windows with high DPI settings
  6. Fixed a problem that caused formatting changes to not be registered, when the Data List or other dockable windows were docked to the side of the layout
  7. Allowed reading data files with columns with invalid PnE settings (specifying log encoding for floating point parameters)
  8. Resolved problems reading certain kinds of data generated in Kaluza
  9. Quad text boxes can now be cut and pasted like other text boxes
  10. Fixes to the automatic compensation setup wizard that previously reported incorrect error messages
  11. Coloring fixes in color dot plots when gates are deleted
  12. Resolved several other crashes
  13. Fixed a bug that occurred when calculating Regression statistics on computers where Windows is set to use "," as the decimal separator
Version 5.01.0029 - July 17, 2015

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed problems using bar, pie and scatter plots on Windows set to use European decimal separators
  2. Resolved crash that happened when pressing Fn keys on plots displaying Diva data
  3. Previously, changes made in Custom Tokens used inside Classification Tokens were not always retained
  4. Fixed the position of the drop-down list for custom tokens with list options
  5. Improved the way columns are scaled with the zoom in data and statistic grids
  6. Eliminated crashes that could occur when someone was automatically logged off the internet dongle due to idle time
  7. Fixed a crash cased by horizontal legends in color dot plots
  8. Fixed a problem with added keywords when editing data file header information
  9. Resolved a crash in Channel Calibration
  10. Resolved incompatibilities with certain version 4 layouts
  11. Clarified error messages when saving PPT files to invalid paths
  12. Fixed live backgating of gates in color dot plots in rare cases where moving the gate did not update the display immediately
  13. Clarified error and warning messages for licensing issues
  14. Fixed a crash that occurred when encountering specific unsupported ICE format files
  15. Fixed a problem that cause plot axis titles to not update immediately after the Stain keyword was modified
  16. Eliminated a rare problem that caused an error message to be displayed at startup if old versions of OpenSSL were on the computer's PATH
  17. Quad text boxes now maintain their size and position better after zooming and resizing the plots
  18. Improved stability when working with large data files
  19. Removed a rare crash in File Open dialogs
  20. Fixed an error that could result in a crash, after restarting FCS Express following another crash
  21. Prevent creating extra marker text boxes after Redoing create marker
  22. Resolved several crashes that could occur when using the Format tab buttons while working with more than one dockable window open
  23. Fixed a specific crash that occurred while zooming on particular plots
  24. Improved exporting pictures in cases where the exported picture was subtlety different from the source plot

Enhancements

  1. Improved visibility of text in high-DPI Windows environments in many places in FCS Express
  2. Speed enhancements when saving PDF files
  3. Improved the usability of the Keyword Anonymizer
  4. Quad text boxes inserted on new plots are no longer directly editable, but are edited in the format window
Version 5.01.0015 - Jun 4, 2015 (Research Use Only)

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed a problem where the axis labels displayed on plots did not always update after changing the corresponding keywords in the Data Header dialog
  2. Eliminated crash when undoing pasting a table after moving the text box to a different part of the page
  3. Improved stability when closing the program soon after starting it up
  4. No longer opening Windows Explorer on the folder where a PowerPoint presentation was just saved following batch processing
  5. Made it easier to move a marker from the central handle
  6. Improved handling stat tokens where the data is taking from a file rather than a plot
  7. Fixed loading uncommon Cytek files where data is stored in 24-bit
  8. Made the system for resolving tokens in page names more robust
  9. Eliminated crash when saving to Powerpoint several times in a row
  10. Fixed a problem where dockable windows became shorter after being closed and reopened
  11. Prevented a crash when displaying save dialogs for Office file types if the Office installation on the computer was not set up correctly
  12. Made sure that plot borders are printed when printing the layout or saving it to PDF
  13. Sped up loading large plates of data
  14. Fixed a crash that could occur in the parameter labels window
  15. Eliminated an "Out of Resources" bug when saving certain layouts to PowerPoint
  16. Fixed a problem that caused marker text boxes to be reset to default contents and positions after batch processing
  17. In preview versions, plots with patterned backgrounds were exported to PowerPoint with a plain background
  18. Fixed PowerPoint export to not open the presentation after saving if the checkbox for opening was turned off
  19. Fixed a rare crash when plots had the option to display axis at zero turned on
  20. Made error handling in concentration calculator more robust
  21. Fixed a crash when the layout was say to remember parameters by name, but the data wasn't loaded
  22. Improved marker dragging to allow dragging the right end point to have a lower value than the left endpoint
  23. Fixed the default display description for marker links
  24. Improved the way blank name or stain keyword values are handled, so that the plot axes will display meaningful labels
  25. Improved stability by preventing a rare crash when closing FCS Express
  26. Sped up loading layouts containing many files in the data list, where the files could not be found
  27. Fixed a crash that occured when changing density plot coloring from Flame to Absolute

Enhancements

  1. Added the ability to drag columns from data grids onto plots
  2. Changed the default choice for which keyword to use for parameter labels from name to stain
Version 5.00.0085 - April 16, 2015 (Research Use Only)

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed a display problem for text in custom tokens
  2. Improved the speed of changing pages in large layouts
  3. Improved the speed of moving gates in large layouts
  4. Improved the appearance of images in the data grid
  5. Fixed a crash when deleting regression fits if there were tokens getting data from that regression
  6. Made the dialog about missing data appear less frequently when opening layouts containing data that can't be found
  7. Fixed a crash that occurred when there was a token in the Starting Generation field for Proliferation plots and the token value couldn't be resolved
  8. Improved path handling inside zip files when loading ACS format data files
  9. Fixed a bug where dragging a token to a Pie chart sometimes set up the incorrect slide
  10. Fixed a problem reading statistic tokens from version 4 layouts
  11. Resolved a problem where in cases where a plot was created by dragging a gate, the statistic for the gate on the new plot was displaying the value for the original plot
  12. Ensured that percentile and log coloring levels in version 4 layouts were displayed in the same way in version 5
  13. Fixed password protection for layouts
  14. Fixed handling tokens displaying time units when loading version 4 layouts
  15. Resolved a crash in rare cases when using the Compensation window to generate histograms
  16. Fixed a problem reading certain ICE format data files
  17. Resolved a crash that could happen when navigating through data using the Next and Previous buttons, if the Data List was changing.
  18. Fixed a problem reading certain rare data files saved from Beckman Coulter instruments
  19. Fixed a crash when inserting tokens into the filename in the Batch Export window
  20. Resolved a bug when creating surface plots in rare circumstances
  21. Fixed a crash that occurred when loading a layout that had been saved unlinked, if there were also tokens getting data directly to data files
  22. Improved the appearance of FCS Express when Windows is set to use large fonts
  23. Fixed a crash that could occur when adding regression fits in certain layouts
  24. Prevented an out-of-resources crash during Batch Processing if certain Batch Actions were set up
  25. Fixed a crash that could occur when formatting a marker with linked gates
  26. Fixed a crash the occurred when opening the histogram subtraction form in layouts saved with linked data but where some data files couldn't be found
  27. Fixed a crash when using the Size button on the Format ribbon tab, if a dockable window was in focus
  28. Improved stability when copying and pasting tables in text boxes

Enhancements

  1. Added option for automatically archiving previous saved versions of a layout into a history folder
  2. Improved display names in the Batch Action list for picture items
  3. Added the ability to deactivate dongles remotely
  4. Made it easier to move plots over each other without trying to add the data from first as an overlay on the second
  5. Enabled reading non-picture format data from ICE files when using FCS Express Flow
  6. Added default filenames for saving to PDF and Powerpoint
  7. Added a feature for automatically disabling udpating the layout live when moving gates, if the updates are very slow
Version 5.00.0074 - February 18, 2015 (Research Use Only)

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed a crash that occurred when displaying regression statistics
  2. Ensured that linear parameters in files from Guava instruments are displayed in the correct scaling
  3. Enabled the cancel button when running a batch process
  4. Resolved a crash that occurred on certain computers with high security when displaying the dialog box for opening data files
  5. Enabled saving and loading Parameter Label sets from files
  6. Fixed a crash that occurred when previewing changes to density plots from the Format window
  7. Fixed a crash that occurred when undoing inserting a text box in plots
  8. (Security module only) Corrected the number of allowed failed login attempts to allow the exact number specified in the options, instead of the specified number plus an additional one
  9. Fixed the display in density plots that caused banding when using percentile color levels
  10. Titles of plots displaying custom data are now updated correctly when changing the name of the custom data
  11. Fixed the display of parameter names when setting up compensation using C6 or Attune data
  12. Resolved an error that occurred when performing a Next operation while snapshots are in use, if an overlay had been deleted since the last time the data list was set up
  13. Fixed a problem with pausing batch processing between iterations, when selecting the Run to End button
  14. Fixed display problems when generating PDFs of layouts that are displaying pictures with transparency

Enhancements

  1. Improved appearance in several places when Windows resolution settings are to use large fonts
  2. Improved the speed of processing quadrant calculations, especially when the quadrants are linked to gates
  3. Improved the speed of opening layouts that are not displaying data, where many combination gates are being displayed
  4. Added an option to PDF generation to allowed embedded the fonts being used in the layout
Version 5.00.0068 - January 29, 2015 (Research Use Only)

Bug Fixes

  1. Fixed a crash that occurred while copying and pasting plots in a Korean, Japanese or Chinese version of Windows
  2. Improved the display of pie charts that only had a single slice
  3. Improved the display size of quad text boxes inside plots on layouts imported from version 4
  4. Now including values in quad statistics where the value is set to the top of the range of an axis
  5. Fixed the display of compensation names in the compensation token editor
  6. Fixed a crash that occurred when clicking in a bar plot with no data
  7. Increased the spacing between tick labels and axis titles in high-resolution exported plot images
  8. Fixed a crash that occurred when the drag of a gate caused the page that the plot was on to disappear
  9. Eliminated a crash from FCS Express not being able to download a video in the Video Guide window
  10. For Accuri data, the exponent symbol is now being displayed correctly
  11. Fixed a crash generated when undoing the add of a histogram subtraction overlay
  12. Fixed a crash when opening a stats grid for a regression plot

Enhancements

  1. Added a new token type for displaying the name of the compensation being displayed in a plot's overlay
  2. Added the overlay number to the stat token default description
  3. Improved the reliability of right-click on a token in a table in a text box
Version 5.00.0065 - January 14, 2015 (Research Use Only)
Initial release of FCS Express 5