Olympus launches the latest version of its workflow-orientated materials science imaging software, Stream 1.9. Introducing dedicated functions to streamline specific tasks including automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation, the software manages the complete imaging process. An operating system for a range of Olympus microscopes, including both upright systems (e.g. the BX51) and stereomicroscopes (e.g. the SZX10), the software includes new predefined measurement and analysis options. Including 'Coating Thickness' and 'Automatic Measurement', these features enable the easy execution of specific tasks, thereby improving workflow efficiency. As thickness is the most important variable affecting coating quality, the new dedicated Coating Thickness solution determines thickness quickly and easily using the rapid and reliable Calotest method (also known as the Ball Crater method). The fast Automatic Measurement solution for edge-detection-based measurements using pattern recognition is able to perform multiple measurements in a single live image, greatly improving efficiency. This includes a validation tool that provides a pass/fail flag for every measurement. All in all, the new software contains more than 50 measurement and analysis functions based on the most up-to-date standards. For quality assessment of steel and cast iron, the dedicated Cast Iron solution measures graphite nodularity by size, shape and distribution, with results automatically generated according to international standards.