In those days the whole mapping was done on the VAX using Contig9 for the contig assembly and a script that controlled the image processing modules for the data gathering.
Image3.1 still carries historical birthmarks from this software from some 15 years ago.
image.cwhich displayed a rotated .dat-image, and superimposed the sample from the .fea-file on top. This early attempt also had a somewhat crude TAR-mode for editing the sample bands.
The rather unfortunate naming of that file ("image.c") means that this program is still named Image, which isn't really very descriptive.
Versions 2.1 to 2.3 contained bug-fixes and new features as fpc slowly came along, which is the UNIX replacement for Contig9.
This was a first prototype version 3.0 beta, which was never released, because it didn't work the whole way from scanning to output to the database.
Darren converted the new analysis functions from the beta prototype
into c++ and made them into command line programs.
Friedemann redesigned the whole concept of the window layout into a system inspired by the MS-Excel ChartWizard. From now on, Image would mainly use only one main window and also make excessive use of subwindows.
The user is guided through the image analysis by [Next] and [Prev] from Step to Step, where each Step calls the external analysis program, reads its results and displays it graphically plus providing a manual editor for the data just generated.