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Digital Surf Announces Major New Release: Mountains® 9 Software

Besançon, France – Digital Surf today announced the release of Mountains® 9, a major new version of the company’s leading software platform for image and surface analysis in microscopy and metrology.

With version 9 comes a new branch of Mountains® software, MountainsSpectral®, for correlation & spectroscopy analysis, as well as several new optional modules, new file formats and many new features.

Users of 2D and 3D profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy, working in a wide range of application fields, will discover a wealth of new capabilities for their image and surface analysis.


Mountains® 9 interface with calculation of freeform surface (shell) parameters. Image credit: Digital Surf

“With new version 9, Digital Surf notably extends the Mountains® platform in two directions: full three-dimensional data analysis and spectral analysis” said Christophe Mignot, Digital Surf CEO.

“As far as 3D data analysis is concerned, the addition of surface texture parameters on freeform surfaces now makes it possible to calculate roughness on any type of non-planar part, even on very complex shapes.”

“New spectral analysis features provide solutions for correlative microscopy and the combining of chemical mapping and microscopic surface texture. Together, full-3D views and spectral mapping bring further benefits: multi-channel voxel cubes and I(V) spectroscopy data cubes can now be visualized and analyzed.”

“These new data types, as well as those that existed previously, are of course interconnected. Thus we reinforce the position of the Mountains® platform as the natural tool of confluence and synergy for all microscopy data, from the simplest to the most sophisticated.”

Extended range

  • Since MountainsMap® was first introduced in 1997, the platform has become an international standard for those working on surface analysis in research and industry, with the majority of manufacturers providing the software with their instruments.
  • In 2013, MountainsSEM® built on the power and experience of the Mountains® platform to bring color and 3D topography to users of Scanning Electron Microscopes.
  • MountainsSPIP®, launched in 2018 following the merge with Image Metrology’s SPIP™, was fast adopted by professionals working with Atomic Force Microscopes and other Scanning Probe Microscopes.
  • Now, with version 9, a new product family, MountainsSpectral® provides tools for Correlative Analysis and Spectral Analysis.
  • MountainsLab®, Digital Surf’s multi-instrument solution, comes of age, allowing data from practically any surface measuring instrument (profiler or microscope) to be analyzed with the same software.

Three new modules also make their debut in the version 9 release:

  • Shell Topography: bringing surface texture analysis to freeform surfaces (shells)
  • Chemical cubes: for the visualization & analysis of multi-channel cubes of compositional data
  • IV Spectroscopy: for SPM investigation of electrical surface properties including 3D visualization of datacubes and individual IV curve analysis (including CITS)



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