RatImage, by now an old-timer for experimentalists, is a library of routines for the MS-DOS operating system. It offers a graphical interface, buttons, menus, etc. It provides full and complete control of your experimental interface. The time to develop experiments is, similar to www experiments, in the order of magnitude of days and weeks. It is not very resource-hungry -- a 286 with 2 MB main memory and a floppy disk should be sufficient. Thus, if you have cheap computers, RatImage may be your only choice. However, you are restricted to MS-DOS and, while it is perhaps theoretically possible to link laboratories in different locations together, to my knowledge nobody dared to do it so far with RatImage.

Oliver Kirchkamp 2013-04-15