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Developer(s) Digital Surf
Initial release September 1996
Stable release
7.3 [1] / January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25)
Operating system Windows
Platform PC
Type Scientific Software
License Proprietary

MountainsMap is a surface imaging and metrology software published by the company Digital Surf. Its main application is micro-topography, the science of studying surface texture and form in 3D at the microscopic scale. The software is used mainly with stylus-based or optical profilometers, optical microscopes and scanning probe microscopes.

Since version 7.0, MountainsMap includes a version dedicated to scanning electron microscopes, with 3D reconstruction, and one to hyperspectral microscopes and cameras (Raman, FT-IR, EELS, EDX hyperspectral cube analysis).[2]

MountainsMap 7.0 Graphical user interface (microtopography of an artificial leather texture from a car dashboard)

MountainsMap is mainly offered as embedded or optional OEM analysis software by most profilometer and microscope manufacturers,[3][4] usually under their respective brands; it is sold for instance as:

MountainsMap is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Spanish.


  • MountainsMap's native file format is the SURF format (.SUR extension).
  • it is compatible with most instruments of the market capable of supplying images or topography.
  • MountainsMap complies to the ISO 25178 standard on 3D surface texture evaluation and offers the profile and areal filters defined in ISO 16610.
  • Generated metrology reports are generated in proprietary format but can be exported to PDF and RTF formats.

History of versions[edit]

  • Digital Surf launched their first (2D) surface analysis software package in 1990 for MS-DOS ("DigiProfil 1.0"), then their first 3D surface analysis package in 1991 for Macintosh II ("DigiSurface 1.0").
  • Version 1.0 of MountainsMap was launched in September 1996, introducing a change in the name after a move of the editor to Windows from MsDos and Macintosh platforms.
  • Version 5.0 introduced the management of multi-layers images. It was a move to Confocal microscopy (analysis of topography+color as a single object as opposed to separate objects in former versions), and to SPM image analysis (analysis of topography+current, topography+phase, topography+force as a single image).[9]
Mountains 6 - Makalu 2010 event logo
  • Version 6.0[10] completed the specialization of the platform per instrument type.[11] For Version 6.0 the company teamed with a group of alpinists to launch the new version at the summit of the Makalu mountain. A special logo was created for this marketing event. The expedition was successful and Alexia Zuberer, a French and Swiss mountaineer was then the first Swiss woman to reach the summit of the Makalu, Sandrine de Choudens, a French PhD in chemistry being the first French woman to succeed[12][13][14]
  • Version 7.0 was unveiled in September 2012 at the European Microscopy Congress in Manchester, UK. It expanded the list of instruments supported, in particular with new Scanning electron microscope 3D reconstruction software and hyperspectral data analysis (such as Raman and FT-IR hyperspectral cube analysis).[15]
  • Version 7.2 (February 2015) introduces near real-time 3D topography reconstruction for scanning electron microscopes
  • Version 7.3 (January 2016) adds fast colorization of scanning electron microscope images based on object-oriented image segmentation.[1][16][17]

Instruments supported[edit]

Version Instruments supported[18] Specific functions
MountainsMap Profile 2D Profilometers ISO 25178 surface texture parameters
Roughness, Waviness, Contour analysis
MountainsMap Scanning Topography 3D Profilometers based on single point sensors[7]
(stylus contact, chromatic non-contact)
ISO 25178 Surface topography parameters
3D surface topography rendering
Sensor range expansion by vertical patching
MountainsMap Imaging Topography White light interferometers[8]
Confocal Microscopes[6]
Fringe projection profilometers[19]
Management of missing/bad data points
Field expansion by stitching
3D true-color management (topography+color)
MountainsMap SEM Scanning electron microscopes 3D reconstruction from a stereo pair[20]
3D reconstruction using a 4-quadrant detector
semi-automatic colorization[21]
MountainsMap SPM Atomic force microscopes
Scanning tunneling microscopes
Multi-Channel SPM image management
Force curve analysis
MountainsMap HyperSpectral Cathodoluminescence microscopes[22] Hyperspectral analysis


  1. ^ a b What's new in MountainsMap ? on the editor's Web site
  2. ^ Software for SEM and Multi-Spectral (Raman) Instruments in Imaging & Microscopy
  3. ^ Digital Surf technology on Olympus Microscopes in Imaging and Microscopy
  4. ^ Surface analysis data to be sold with instruments in Engineering talk
  5. ^ New Leica Map Surface Imaging and Metrology Software for Microscopy in
  6. ^ a b Carl Zeiss to Provide Surface Imaging Software from Digital Surf with Selected Microscopes in
  7. ^ a b Mitutoyo Corporation signs OEM contract with Digital Surf
  8. ^ a b Bruker Nano Surfaces offers Vision64 Map with 3D optical microscope systems in News medical
  9. ^ New Mountains 5.1 From Digital Surf Available For Free Upgrade on
  10. ^ MountainsMap 6 Available in July 2010 from Digital Surf on
  11. ^ MountainsMap 6 - Instrument-oriented Solutions for Surface Texture Analysis on
  12. ^ (in French)Makalu summit climbing history
  13. ^ (in French)a french and swiss success at the summit of the Makalu mountain
  14. ^ Makalu2010 expedition film participates to the mountain film festival of Les Diablerets, Switzerland
  15. ^ Digital Surf Announce New Generation of Mountains 7 Software for Surface Metrology in
  16. ^ Next Monday, Digital Surf to Launch Revolutionary SEM Image Colorization in Azonmaterials
  17. ^ Showing your true colors, 3D and color in electron microscopy in Lab News magazine
  18. ^ Product Range Description on the editor's Web site
  19. ^ 3-D Measurement Software in
  20. ^ Digital Surf Releases Mountains 7 Software for Surface Imaging and Metrology in Azomaterials
  21. ^ Adding colour to SEM imaging in Electronic Specifier
  22. ^ Software brings 3D mapping to nanoscale objects in Electronic Specifier

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