ALBULA VIEWER is a fast and easy-to-use program that displays PILATUS and EIGER images and allows optimal visualization of your data. You can also use it connect to an EIGER detector and collect data.

Key features

  • Intuitive and extremely fast user interface with image pre-loading
  • Synchronized image comparison
  • Live-view modes: movie mode, watch series, EIGER monitor
  • Data acquisition mode: collect data with an EIGER detector
  • Powerful tools for data analysis
  • Various color representations and 3D plotting of data

Intuitive user interface

The intuitive user interface lets you easily zoom and move the image, set the contrast by changing foreground and background and choose between various color representations like high dynamic range, greyscale, rainbow and heat gradients. ALBULA is able to compute real-time statistical information on selected regions and has an integrated peak-finder.


Synchronized image comparison

ALBULA can synchronize multiple images with respect to their image sections, contrast settings and selected regions, which facilitates image comparison significantly.


Live-view modes

The standalone viewer comes with three different live-view modes.

  • Movie Mode – loads successive images from a data series
  • Watch Series – monitors the present directory or HDF5 file structure and keeps displaying the latest image
  • EIGER Monitor – can be used to connect to an EIGER system and display the latest image from its monitor interface.

Data acquisition mode

ALBULA can connect to an EIGER detector and start simple data acquisition protocols. The user can select photon energy, number of images and frame time and start collecting data with one click.

For an automated operation of the detector at your beamline we strongly recommend the use of SIMPLON API, which allows for a much finer control.

Export of images

Displayed images can be saved in a variety of image formats, e.g. TIF, PNG, and JPG. In addition, individual images from an HDF5 container can be exported as CBF files.


In addition to varius color schemes, ALBULA also features 3D-plotting of image data.