Auto place points.
Measure ring widths automatically!

Last update 30 Oct 2013.
You can save lots of time when measuring tree rings by using a mechanism in CooRecorder for automatically placing points at tree ring borders! Here is how to use this feature!

Open an image of a properly grinded tree sample:
1. Select from the menu "File/Open image for new coordinates"
2. Select the image from the filename dialog box
3. Select "Sorted data (e.g. Dendro)" as usual for a tree ring sample.
4. Use the magnifier-glass button or the Actual pixels button to see your tree rings properly.

5. To lay out a chain of ring border points: Click on the button "AutoPlace"! Click OK in the pop up window.
6. Now you should click at two points on the image. The point chain will be layed out between these two points. After you have clicked the first point, the image will look as above. - The second point should be set more near to the heart of the stem.
7. When you have clicked the second point, the chain of points is layed out as shown above! All is done completely automatically after you have shown where you want your points!
To avoid measuring diagonally over ring borders it is best to lay out several segments of point chains and not make one long straight line of points across the whole sample! This way you can control that ring width measurements are done in right angles to the tree ring borders.

You can easily turn the AutoPlace command on or off with the A-key or by clicking on the AutoPlace button or by clicking on the ESC-key.

Automatic placement of points works fine for clear and sharp images!

When the image is unsharp or there are cracks or discolorations on the sample then CooRecorder will be fooled to place points where they should not be. - Or the program may miss an unsharp or very thin ring.

Above is an example of a missed ring from a sample of a log which has been standing in clay and mud for a 100 years under a pier.

Here is another example where the program sets non-existent ring borders.
You have several easily accessible commands to quickly clean up an area with superfluous or misplaced points.

Use your left hand to select a command from the keyboard with the S, R, D, K or H keys.
Use your right hand for positioning and clicking with the mouse.

How to cancel misplaced point-chains: If your last chain of points contained too many misplaced points you can easily cancel them all by clicking the menu command "More/Cancel latest auto placed points (C)". This command is also available through the C-key on your keyboard. You can press it several times to remove previous chains. - There are also two Erase-commands, see the menu command "More"!

Tip: Use the N-key to toggle the display of point numbers.

Tuning the pattern recognition mechanism to identify ring borders better.

Tuning can be done in two ways:

  1. Tuning for the earlywood and latewood shades.
    Click the menu command "More/Tune auto place mechanism to background of this image".
    Then click on two nearby points along a line where you want to automatically place your border points.
    The two points should enclose at least the length of the widest ring along the line.

  2. Filtering out grainy areas when going from latewood into earlywood of the same growth season.
    There is often a zone of thin dark stripes or irregularities in the wood in the transition area between earlywood and latewood of the same growth season. Such areas can be discarded by defining the width of a narrow zone along the borders within which anomalies in the wood are ignored:
    Click on "Settings/Other settings".
    Set an appropriate pixel-width to "When using Auto-place of points: Lowest width of earlywood (in pixels)"

    The value depends on the dpi resolution of your image and of the character of your wood. If your samples typically have very thin rings you need a low value like the default 20 pixels. If your samples have typically very wide rings you can set the value much higher.

Improvements of the AutoPlace mode

When you have set the start point, a thin line will connect that point with your cursor to make it easier to see where to set the end point. A perpendicular line is also drawn which should be parallel with the tree rings at the best position.


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