Digital Cameras and the Helioasis Bankrupcy

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by doctor_my_eye, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. I was recently contacted by an old friend who shares the same retinal
    imaging system that I do, namely the Digivid 2000 by Helioasis Systems.
    Helioasis has gone under and there have been some issues with the
    earlier version of its software. The Helioasis system is a Windows NT
    based program that stores the retinal images in one huge collective
    file simply called the "image" file. When we hit our 90 thousandth
    retinal image, the software started to crash repeatedly. The most
    common symptom of this crash was that the photographer would create an
    image, view it or modify it, and then hit "save" only to find the
    program would shut down and drop back to the Windows opening screen.

    As it turns out, there is a limitation to the size that a file can be
    in Windows NT or 2000, and this ceiling doesn't matter at all for most
    software because a well written program organizes its data into folders
    and subfolders within the main program file.

    I am writing this because I "hit the wall" two years ago, right at the
    time that Helioasis was being padlocked by its creditors, and I got a
    "work around" solution. There is a conversion program that
    re-organizes the huge "image" file into individual folders that have
    each individual patient's names on them. Once the conversion program
    is run, the camera is back to full efficiency and can much more readily
    find the patient's past images when you call them up on the screen.

    If you have a Helioasis system, or have a friend or employer who uses
    one, I am keeping copies of the new software on CDs to help save the
    hundreds of thousands of retinal images that could be lost
    (collectively) as more and more camera users "hit the wall."

    Write to me () if you need help patching your
    system and I'll burn a CD for you. A $5.00 solution might save your
    $90,000.00 camera.
    doctor_my_eye, Jun 5, 2006
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  2. doctor_my_eye

    The Real Bev Guest


    I knew there was a reason I felt uneasy when I saw those
    ophthalmologists running their photo systems with windows. Even so, I
    thought "What could possibly go worng?"

    Anything that puts ALL the images into a single file is criminal.

    Cheers, Bev
    You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape.
    If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40.
    If it moves and shouldn't, use duct tape.
    The Real Bev, Jun 5, 2006
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