Serf Software Suite

MS-Windows software that makes data analysis and publishing easy.

Serf Software Suite
The Serf Software Suite is for the analysis and publication of biological data for MS-Windows 2000 and up. Support for W95 and w98 has been discontinued since v 4.40 and v 4.64 respectively. SSS is freeware and comprises:
Cells&Maps for easy micrograph analysis.
Clusters for easy heatmap analysis.
Sounds for easy sound convolution.
Electrophy for easy electrophysiological data analysis.
ATCG is a button for easy gene foraging.

The programs of the Serf Software Suite are each build around the same graphical core, the drawing sheet that will hold the illustration to be published. Although a particular program of the suite may not be able to generate all types of graphical elements, it can read and display all of them. Hence, any of the programs can play the role of head editor. Each of the programs has a build-in spreadsheet allowing to feed data into the program and to inspect and edit the graphs on the drawing sheet. Some of the programs require specific input, such as 'Sounds' that reads wav files and 'Electrophy' that reads PClamp and Fetch files.

Electrophy is a program for the analysis of electrophysiological data in in AxonInstruments formats (.dat, .abf). With a few mouse clicks you've created an IV curve or dot plot.

Sounds used to be integrated with Electrophy because it allowed to make electrophysiological recordings audible and because it shared the biophysical aspect with Electrophy. Sounds is not a audio editor but it is more like a (electric) black box analyser and sound modifier.

Although Cells&Maps is meant for those who analyse photomicrographs of living or dead cells to analyse their sizes, speeds of migration, dye uptake or fluorescence, the program is also practical for the manipulation of bitmaps in general. Hence its name: not only Cells but also Maps.

With Clusters you can visualise and narrow down the quantity of gene expression data. To do so it carries out clustering routines and/or Principal Component Analysis (PCA).

With the JRTalk extension Serf software may be controlled by a program you have written in Visual Basic , Mediacy's IP+ script or C .
Serf software is amply documented and help is provided in several ways: by key word search, by context and by menu item. The doc files include a comprehensive step by step tutorial.