March 1, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 5)
Strong Points: High-resolution image collection
Weak Points: Only Olympus customers can upload images
The Olympus Viewer for Imaging Applications (OlyVIA mobile) app will mainly appeal to Olympus customers who have access to the Olympus Net Image Server (NISSQL), as those researchers will be able to upload their own microscopy images to the server and use the OlyVIA Mobile app to view them on the go. Though it may have limited utility to people who do not have access to the Olympus server, the OlyVIA Mobile app is still worth a look, especially for teachers or anyone who may want sample microscopy images for demonstrative purposes. The app contains images of a number of microscopy specimens through the built-in Olympus Image Collections for Europe and the USA, respectively. Within these collections one will find, for example, stained cross-sections of an entire mouse embryo, a mouse brain, an axolotl limb, and a brine shrimp, to name a few.