Macintosh Compatible USB MicroscopesShopping for a consumer or professional digital microscope for Mac OSX? A surprising number Apple computer users in specific medical, educational and industrial work environments are in the market for MacOS compatible USB digital microscope products.
Digital Microscopes For Mac ComptuersA broad range of Mac compatible microscopes are available. They range from low-cost student and consumer-grade products to complete professional quality digital lab microscope sets. Those with UVC - USB Video Class compatible camera sensors make them plug and play on OSX 10.5 and higher with the built-in webcam drivers in Apple's OSX operating system.
USB Microscope For Mac Recommendations
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Above is just a sampling of the types of Apple compatible USB digital microscope equipment available from both AmScope and OMax, two of the leading manufacturers in the industry. Amscope in particular is a leading brand featuring good Apple support for it's digital offerings in the diverse medical, dental, pharma, biology, educational and industrial environments it serves.
OSX Compatible USB Inspection Scope WebcamsA wide selection of Mac compatible scopes and cameras for engine and mechanical parts inspection are available. There are digital scope cameras for physical assessment, hobby, business and industrial needs available. The best USB scopes feature built-in LED lighting near the sensor. Many feature adjustable LED lighting controls for setting the optimal amount of light available to the camera to illuminate dark, hard to reach spaces like dental mouth exams, internal body orifices or complex mechanical parts.
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|Mac Inspection Scope
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OSX 10.5 Or Higher
|OSX Compatible Scope
Adjustable LED Lighting
USB Digital Microscope Software For Mac OSXSome manufacturers provide Apple specific software for their scopes. But often Digital USB microscope hardware DOES NOT come with any MacOS specific software to control zoom functions or capture still snapshots, time-sequence or full motion video clips with.
However, because these are USB Video Class - UVC compatible microscopes, they should provide BASIC functionality on any modern Macintosh running MacOS Mojave or Sierra, OSX ElCapitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion or Leopard when attached to a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port.
Basic operation can be as simple as launching Apple's PhotoBooth, QuickTime or other OSX video capture app. Then make sure the external scope is selected in the software's CAMERA SOURCE Preferences... menu. You may have other MacOS still photo and video grabbing software you prefer to use for still image, time-lapse or video clip capture.
Here's a link to Digital Viewer App - OSX 10.5+ compatible general purpose Mac microscope software from Plugable Technologies. It works with any UVC compatible webcam or scope and supports VGA up to 1080p and higher HD resolution depending on the camera's capabilities. It offers timed-shots, single-shots and movie capture modes.
There's Mac software for AmScope's various digital microscope product lines: AmScopeXLite, ProScope or ISCapture that you can download from the company's software page. There is also an 3rd-party app called ToupView is available for download here. It seems to be hardware manufacturer specific and likey polls the USB bus to ascertain if an AmScope brand USB camera device is attached to function.
Other Mac Digital USB Microscope Software AppsDigital Pan and Zoom control over your scope's camera image might be something you need. You can download a free trial of iGlasses webcam control software app from eCamm or the affordable Mactaris Webcam app and see if it helps you achieve the zoom and magnification control you need to get the most out of your digital microscope or inspection scope. You may also need it for webcam image adjustment to control camera brightness, contrast, color saturation and other image enhancements.
All told, there's decent support for digital microscopy on Apple platforms. Some may even be usable on an iPad tablet or iPhone when paired with a USB camera connection kit dongle in your handheld device's 30-pin or Lightning dock connector.