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Quick and easy to use software for XL-80 and XM-60 laser measurement.

CARTO release 2.1

Now with 'free-run mode' and other new features.

CARTO software suite guides the user through the workflow of the measurement process, from setting up a test to analysing the data.

The intuitive user interface and the flow of the software matches the easy set-up of the XM-60 multi-axis calibrator and XL-80 laser.

As part of our continuous improvement strategy, there will be regular releases of CARTO to add measurement types and features to support XM-60 and XL-80.  See CARTO release comparison tables for more details on XL-80 laser functions in CARTO.

Features and benefits

The CARTO suite is made up of two applications; Capture to collect laser interferometry data and Explore to provide powerful analysis to international standards and more.

CARTO features a database system which automatically stores and organises data for the user.  This simplifies operation and allows users to quickly and easily compare data across multiple machines over time.


  • Choose between 'target-based mode' or 'free-run mode' ('free-run mode' is only available with XM-60) to suit your application.
  • Automatic sign detection. The directions of measured errors are automatically determined relative to the machines axes, reducing human error.
  • Intuitive user interface allows new users to begin capturing data quickly with minimum fuss.
  • Step-by-step flow for efficient navigation.


  • Powerful search facility for results database.  Search by, operator, date, machine ID and any other field.
  • Overlay multiple results to see comparisons easily.
  • Create linear error compensation files to improve machine performance.
  • Produce customised test reports with only a few clicks.

Highlights for CARTO release 2.1

Capture - New 'free-run mode' for XM-60

  • Two straightness errors and three angular errors are all plotted against linear position.
  • Capture data immediately, without having to define the positions or even the number of targets.  Perfect for on-the-fly investigations.
  • Triggering can be manual (with a key press), automatic (based on stability of position) or continuous (captured during motion at a user-defined interval).
  • Visual adjustments gauges give a live display of each error channel for feedback whilst making adjustments to the machine.


  • Toggle for displaying results against position or time in graphs.
  • Improvements to the process of comparing test records for more efficient use.
  • Produce combined PDF results with all six error channels displayed in the format of the required international standards (available for XM-60 only).

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Software download

  • Software download: CARTO 2.1 software suite

    Release 2.1 - Issued May 2017: Combined installer for Capture and Explore in the CARTO software suite: - New ‘free-run mode’ for XM-60 with no target setup required - New method for comparing multiple test records in Explore - Graphs can now be displayed against position or time in Explore - Multiple error channel analysis in a single PDF report

  • Software release note: CARTO version 2.1 Software release note: CARTO version 2.1

    Important information concerning installation and use of CARTO version 2.1. It is recommended to read this before downloading or installing software. Supersedes CARTO version 2.0.

PC requirements

Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 or above, 1 GB available hard disk space, screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or above, PDF viewer. This installer will also install, if not already installed: .NET 4.6.1.