For Cryostream, Cobra, N-HeliX and PheniX users we recommend switching to our new web site Oxford Connect and associated software CryoConnector, which together provide all the functionality of Cryopad on your PC plus the additional abililty to control your device via the internet.
Please visit Oxford Connect to find out more.
The old version of Cryopad may still be downloaded below and will continue to be supported for the foreseeeable future. Cryopad and CryoConnector may be installed on the same machine and it is possible to switch between the two programs at any point.
Cryopad for Cryostream, Cobra, N-HeliX and PheniX
Cryopad is a PC program which allows remote monitoring and control of any 700 series Oxford Cryosystems device. This includes the 700 series Cryostream, Cryostream Plus, Cobra, Cobra Plus, N-HeliX and PheniX systems. Connection is made using the serial lead shipped with the device.
Save the downloaded file to disk and double-click it to install Cryopad. Once the installation is complete start the program from the Oxford Cryosystems Folder in the Start Menu or by double-clicking the desktop icon.
Cryopad runs on Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or later. If you experience problems upgrading an older installation or installing for the first time you may need to first install the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Package.
Cryopad for Linux
Oxford Cryosystems does not offer a Linux version of Cryopad, but interested users should visit Ditlev Brodersen’s site: www.bioxray.au.dk/~deb/cryostat/
The 700 series controller incorporates an RS232 interface allowing communication with a remote computer. The communication protocol used for this purpose is published here to allow users to integrate an Oxford Cryosystems device into custom control systems.
The new CryoConnector software has been designed from the outset to function as a component within a larger control system. Developers are strongly encouraged to use this software instead of communicating directly via the serial line. Details of how to achieve this are published here.