HemoSpat News

HemoSpat IconFORident Software is pleased to announce the release of HemoSpat v1.3 for Mac OS X 10.5 [Intel], Windows XP, and Windows Vista. We’ve added the ability to rotate your images 90°, a window for displaying some EXIF information – such as when the photo was taken, the resolution, and whether the flash fired or not – from your original image file, and improved the quick stain entry window.

There are several other changes and fixes as well. For a complete list of changes, please see the release notes.

We look forward to hearing any feedback from you!

HemoSpat IconFORident Software, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, coordinated a validation study of HemoSpat in 2006-2007. The study used the same data which was used for the paper Further Validation of the BackTrack Computer Program for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis – Precision and Accuracy by Carter et al. published in the IABPA News in September 2005. Using the same data allows us the examine of accuracy and reproducibility using HemoSpat with respect to an accepted standard.

HemoSpat Validation Technical Paper

With the impeding arrival of both Mac OS 10.6 and Windows 7, we have decided to begin phasing out support for Mac OS X 10.4 and Windows 2000. So, as of version 1.3 of HemoSpat – to be released Q4 this year – Mac OS X 10.4 and Windows 2000 will not be supported. [Note: HemoSpat v1.3 may actually still run on Windows 2000, we just won’t be supporting it. It definitely will not run on Mac OS X 10.4.]

The reason for this is for each release of HemoSpat we have to test across all versions of the OSes we are supporting. Currently that includes Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS 10.4 Intel, Mac OS 10.5 Intel, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. When we eventually add Mac OS 10.6 and Windows 7, the testing time for each release goes through the roof! Phasing out the older versions will allow us to focus our work on the main product.

The 2 February 2009 print edition of the Ottawa Business Journal has an article on FORident Software in it called “Blood on the lab floor”.

It is now available on their website here.

HemoSpat IconFORident Software is pleased to announce the release of HemoSpat v1.2 for Mac OS X 10.4/10.5 and Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The biggest changes are the addition of MacOS X 10.5 and Windows Vista support, the ability to use relative stain locations, and increased efficiency using quick stain entry.

There are a few other changes and fixes as well. For a complete list of changes, please see the release notes.

We look forward to hearing from you!