ZEN Microscopy Software

Your Complete Solution from Sample to Knowledge

ZEN is the universal user interface you will see on every imaging system from ZEISS. For simple and routine works, ZEN leads you straight to result. For complex research experiments, ZEN offers the flexibility to design multi-dimensional workflows the way you wanted. No matter what microscopy task you have, you will find intuitive tools and modules to assist you:

  • Acquire images using smart automation
  • Process images with scientifically proven algorithms
  • Visualize big data by GPU powered 3D engine
  • Analyze images via Machine Learning-based tools
  • Correlate between light-light or light-electron microscopes
  • Store raw data in a secure format locally or in the cloud


Smart Acquisition

Make your most complex experiments a success.

ZEN with Axio Observer

Operate every one of your devices with the same convenient interface. Smart Setup, the intelligent control center, will automatically generate the settings for you, regardless of the microscope types. Aiming for reproducible experiments? So long as you have one raw image from a previous acquisition, a simple click lets you replicate the exact experiment precisely. You will find plenty of other smart automation, some guide you for rare events detection, and others assist you with hardware calibration.

Quantitative Processing

Obtain reliable and reproducible results.

More than 180 image processing tools help you transform and manage your data. Simply search the keyword of your intended method, e.g., kymograph or deconvolution, ZEN will lead you straight to it. ZEN will read the metadata of the input image, then display only the logical processing steps, and optimize the default parameters automatically. You can even process images from other platforms using third-party import tools. With a dedicated workspace, you can also batch process multiple images with ease for quantitative and unbiased results.

Powerful Visualization

Interact with your big data confidently.

ZEN colocalization function

Quickly generate a huge 2D tile scan with multi-channels at high magnification, and smoothly zoom in and out with a simple mouse scroll, just like using a map application on your smartphone. Having 200 GB of cleared mouse brain data? Just load it in ZEN – you will be amazed by the speed and clarity of the various 3D rendering methods. Powered by arivis ImageCore technology and efficient use of system resources, you can view your large 3D images even on regular consumer hardware.

Effortless Analysis

Gain insight into your research efficiently.

ZEN with Axio Observer

Image analysis is essential to extract meaningful information from your microscopy images, via digital tools of segmentation and registration. ZEN addresses this with the simple and modular Bio Apps. Each Bio App is optimized for one type of application, e.g., cell counting or confluency measurement, with tailored segmentation settings and streamlined data presentation. The wizard-based ZEN Image Analysis module guides you step by step to create your unique measurements.

Unique Correlative Microscopy

Combine perspectives across scales and modalities.

ZEN overlays, navigates, and organizes your multimodal data. Spending days painfully locating synapses between two special neurons for the ultrastructural information? You can substantially improve your efficiency by combining the large field of view of a widefield fluorescent microscope and the high resolving power of a field emission electron microscope. ZEN lets you quickly overview the whole slice with fluorescent markers, identifying and relocating ROIs for EM imaging.

Secure Storage

Stay confident when dealing with complex data.

ZEN colocalization function

ZEN stores each of your valuable experiments with all its metadata. The .czi file format is Bio-Formats compatible and can be read directly by ImageJ, and many other third-party software. Export your data into OME-TIFF (Open Microscopy Environment) to further facilitate cross-platform image data exchange. To manage massive amounts of data, ZEN provides a server-based central platform to store and organize your raw data and manage user access right; while ZEN Data Explorer grants browser-based access from anywhere.

New Packaging Structure

Simplified Access to Endless Possibilities - The Right Package for Every Application

ZEN software provides a comprehensive end-to-end solution for any microscopy user, continuously evolving to address emerging life science applications with added features, e.g., automated smart acquisition, intuitive image analysis, and cloud-based data management. However, the increased capabilities also make the ZEN ecosystem complex.

With ZEN version 3.6, you get simplified options that make the numerous capabilities of the software more accessible. Many ZEN modules show great synergy and have been frequently combined to get your specific job done. Using that as the guiding principle, we have consolidated all the powerful software functionalities into a simple set of acquisition, toolkit, and application packages tailored to your experiments. The packages come with a substantial price saving compared to the individual modules, so you can get more value for your investment.

* Includes Base Acquisition Package ** No device control and acquisition features *** Requires 2D Toolkit Package **** Sold as a stand-alone software

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