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General Interest Running the uScope from a Mac
General Interest

Information in this article applies to:

  • uScope Navigator V4.3 and Later

Article ID: NGN1144 — Created: 5 Feb 2018 — Reviewed: 26 Jul 2020

Question

Can I run the uScope from my Mac?

Answer

The uScope Navigator software is a PC application that is not designed to be run from a Mac. Nonetheless, we have successfully connected the uScope to a Mac and have successfully browsed and scanned slides in all camera modes. Following are the system specifications for the environments we used:

Macbook Pro

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017), 3.1GHz Intel Core i7, 2TB SSD, 16GB RAM
  • MacOS (OS X) High Sierra 10.13.3
  • Parallels Desktop 13 and higher
  • Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1 or higher
  • Windows 10
  • Thunderbolt-to-USB adapter
  • uScopeHXII-20 whole slide scanner
  • uScope Navigator v4.3 or higher

Mac Pro

  • Mac Pro (Late 2013), 3.7GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon E5, 1TB SSD, 64GB RAM
  • MacOS (OS X) High Sierra 10.13.3
  • Parallels Desktop 13 and higher
  • Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1 or higher
  • Windows 10
  • uScopeHXII-10 whole slide scanner
  • uScope Navigator 4.3 or higher

Special Settings

  1. You MAY need to adjust (slow down) the camera speed settings to use your uScope from within the Parallels VM (virtual machine). Refer to the following knowledge base article for more information about adjusting camera speed:
  2. Make sure that you configure the Parallels VM to use at least two (2) CPU cores. uScope Navigator is a multi-threaded application which requires two or more processor cores.
  3. Allocate at least 4GBytes of RAM to the Parallels VM.
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