What’s new in visionCATS 3.2

For a complete list of changes, please see the Changelog.

CAMAG® HPTLC PRO Module DEVELOPMENT chamber temperature regulation

visionCATS 3.2 SP 2 includes new features to achieve tempature regulation of the DEVELOPMENT module chamber. See Display Tab overview.

CAMAG® TLC Visualizer 3

visionCATS 3.2 SP 1 provides the full support of the CAMAG® TLC Visualizer 3.


visionCATS 3.2 provides the full support of the CAMAG® HPTLC PRO Module DERIVATIZATION:


This includes:

  • The definition of steps in visionCATS methods/analyses

  • The execution of steps in HPTLC PRO runs, together with other existing modules (PLATE STORAGE, APPLICATION and DEVELOPMENT)

  • Usual linked features (changes detection in the HPTLC Logger, support in built-in report templates)

  • A new Global List for module DERIVATIZATION reagents and cleaning solvents

  • Dedicated manual control functions and dedicated diagnostics

Together with other CAMAG® HPTLC PRO Modules, the support of the module DERIVATIZATION means that the whole plate development can now be performed without human interaction.

Evaluation improvements

Multiple assignment mode

Evaluation substances can be assigned to several peaks on each track. visionCATS computes the sum of the areas of the peaks and then uses this sum to compute calibration points and results. This allows to evaluate substances split across multiple peaks. See Multiple assignment mode.


Range assignment mode

Evaluation substances can be defined on a 𝑅ꜰ range. visionCATS uses the area of the whole baseline-corrected signal response to compute calibration points and results. This allows to evaluate the total content on a 𝑅ꜰ range where peak separation is difficult to achieve. See Range assignment mode.


Default calibration type

Area is now selected as default for new substance definition.

Peak resolution

Peak resolution can be computed by using the most common algorithms. Define a limit test associated with the peak resolution to obtain a peak quality indication.


Results display and limit tests

Evaluation results display can be configured to include only meaningful data for the current method. Each result displayed can be associated with a dedicated limit test. The default reports display only the configured results and limit tests. See Results.


Substances groups

Several substances can be grouped together to perform operations like a sum, and limit tests can be defined. The default reports display the previously configured groups, operations and limit tests. This allows to perform post-processing operations on known substances. See Substances groups.



Limit Of Detection and Limit Of Quantification quantities can be computed, defined and used in visionCATS Evaluations. LOD/LOQ checks are then performed during the Calibration/Results phases. See LOD / LOQ.


21 CFR Part 11 compliance improvements

E-Signature of diagnostics

Diagnostics (Client Diagnostics, HPTLC PRO SYSTEM diagnostics, HPTLC PRO Module diagnostics and HPTLC instrument diagnostics) can be e-signed by following the same process as for Explorer files. The diagnostics report recalls the current e-signature information. See E-Signature.

Summary of method parameters changes in an analysis

It is now possible to see whether there were changes in method related parameters in an analysis, between its original and its current states. This can be helpful in controlled environment where method parameters changes are usually not allowed in the analysis.

Archive system

visionCATS allows files and folders to be archived, that is, to be put on-side in read-only mode for future reference. This is useful on large installations where archiving old files and folders results in better performance and allows users to focus on active data. See Files and folders archiving.

HPTLC PRO support improvements

HPTLC PRO SYSTEM display improvements

The HPTLC PRO SYSTEM display shows more details about the state and the moves being performed by the conveyors and the feeders.

HPTLC PRO global lists improvements

For global lists related to HPTLC PRO, visionCATS now displays additional information when items are missing or invalid.

Track assignment table improvements

Track assignment table import/export

To facilitate import/export between methods/analysis and from/to a LIMS, visionCATS now includes import and export functions in the Track Assignment table popup, covering the most common use cases and formats.

Blank tracks

Blank tracks can be defined in visionCATS methods and analysis to handle the different types of blanks being used in real-life scenarios:

  • a Blank track defines a track where nothing is applied,

  • an Applied blank tracks defines a vial ID, allowing for example to apply a blank solvent or a blank reagent.

Other improvements

Multi-selection in Vials/Substances editor


Vial/Substance Editor now supports bulk delete and disabling for vials and substances. See Bulk editing for more details.

Multi-selection in Explorer

The Bulk edit mode allows multiple Explorer items to be selected in order to move, delete or categorize multiple items at once.


End of support for visionCATS before version 2.4

Importing files or upgrading a whole installation from version 2.3 (or under) to version 3.2 is not supported. To migrate data from version 2.3 (or under), update to an intermediate version first (2.4, 2.5, 3.0, or ideally 3.1), then, update to version 3.2.

Report display in read-only files

visionCATS can now display reports in read-only files.

Batch number field

The Batch number field has been added to the plate layout parameters.

Known Issues and workarounds

Please refer to Known Issues and Workarounds for the list.