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The full power of AZtec as a personal copy giving you a comprehensive suite of features. For Anyone, Anywhere at Anytime.


  • Flexibility to open and process your data whenever and wherever you want

  • Data processing for EDS, WDS and EBSD

  • Try out advanced software features

  • Stay up to date with the latest version of AZtec

Flexibility for you. Productivity for your facility.

AZtecFlex is a 12-month personal subscription licence for installation on your desktop or laptop, designed to let you use AZtec anywhere and without needing to access shared facilities. 

AZtecFlex includes advanced data processing features, for example, particle analysis and EBSD data processing, allowing you to access them even if they aren’t enabled on the system used to acquire the data.  Your licence will also provide access to the latest AZtec release as soon as it is available.


Analyse data away from the lab

  • Process data when you want, where you want, and without time pressures, ensuring that you get the best results out of every dataset
  • Spend less time at the microscope. This will help to optimise microscope usage and allows other users to start acquiring new data sooner
  • Maximise collaborations by being able to open, analyse and process data that has been collected at a distant facility

Get the latest functionality for your needs


  • This package offers you the latest AZtec versions as soon as they are released for the duration of your subscription
  • Test out advanced functions on your data, including AZtecFeature and AZtecLayerProbe
  • Analyse and process your data away from the lab


  • This package offers you the compete solution for EBSD data analysis and processing with AZtec HKL, AZtecCrystal and AZtecCrystalAdvanced included
  • Also included are the full range of options available in the EDS & WDS option

Optimise your time

  • Plan experiments before you get to the microscope
  • Familiarise yourself with acquisition workflows
  • Use spectrum simulator to optimise conditions for sample analysis

Two version of AZtecFlex are available; the first package is designed for users of our EDS and WDS detectors, the second package is intended for user who also have an EBSD detector. We also offer a discounted version for students, which has the full functionality (EDS, WDS & EBSD analysis).


View and process previously acquired SEM and TEM EDS data:
• Point Analysis
• Line scans
• Maps
• TruMap
• Quant maps
Generate reports and export data
Create and export layered images and maps
Batch Processing, process multiple sites using the same settings
Batch export, export data from multiple sites in a single process
Large Area Maps (LAM):
• Open LAM files
• Perform alignments and image stitching of acquired LAM files
View and process data acquired by AZtecWave (WDS datasets)
AZtec Feature:
• Open full data sets acquired with feature
• Process individual images using feature
AZtecFeature Application specific addon packages:
• AZtecAM
• AZtecBattery
• AZtecClean
• AZtecGSR AZtecMineral
• AZtecPharma
• AZtecSteel
AZtec LayerProbe & spectrum simulator
• Open EBSD data AZtec
• Export data to AZtec Crystal
• Reprocess data with stored patterns*
• Flexible EBSD map creation
• Grain size measurement
• Texture analyses using pole figures
• Comprehensive boundary analysis
• SEM image – EBSD map correlation
AZtecCrystal advanced:
• Advanced texture analysis using ODFs
• Parent Grain Reconstruction
• Advanced phase classification tool
• Elastic properties calculation and display

*only libraries not dependant on third party licenced data bases are included.



Terms, Condtions & System Requirements

Licence Information

AZtecFlex is an individual time limited licence that is locked to a single PC, it is not provided for shared/facility computers. The licence is activated online and by default is locked to the computer used for activation. Where the target computer does not have an internet connection there is an alternative activation process available. The licence is non-transferable. In the event of a computer failure please contact technical support to move/recover the licence to a new computer.

AZtecFlex licences are specifically designed to process data acquired previously or to plan experiments. AZtecFlex will not work when connected to a microscope and cannot be used to acquire new data with our detectors.

A valid licence entitles the user to download the current version of AZtecFlex, which includes any new versions released during the subscription period. The updated versions will include improvements to existing functionality but will not include any new functions that were not in the original release.

If you instead require a perpetual licence for working away from the microscope, for a shared facility, or you are looking to purchase a software upgrade for your acquisition system then please contact our sales team (request a quote here).  The functionality of these perpetual licences will be linked to a microscope system.


Download full instructions here

System Requirements

AZtec is designed to run on relatively low specification computers, however, the PC requirements will vary depending on the AZtec processes being utilised. The minimum specification will perform all but the most demanding tasks. The recommended specification below will handle all applications available in the software.

Minimum specification:


  • CPU: 4 threads running at 2.2Ghz
  • RAM: 8Gb*
  • Diskspace: Install requires 8 Gb of free disk space
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Internet connection for activation (licence can be activated on a separate PC)

*16Gb is required for large projects or computationally intense processes such as AZtecCrystal, large area mapping or Feature, below this will cause these operations to run slowly or fail.




  • CPU: 8 Cores running at 3.0 Ghz
  • RAM: 32Gb
  • Diskspace: 8 Gb of free disk space with project data and AZtec installed on a high speed (NVME SSD) drive
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Internet connection for activation (licence can be activated on a separate PC)

AZtec projects have significant variability and requirements change dramatically with the application. While AZtec will run on the minimum spec and below, the usability will decrease accordingly. General advice on PC specification is:


  • CPU: AZtec is optimised for multi core processors and will use the cores available, increased core count will improve performance
  • RAM: AZtec will utilise all the avaiable RAM, if required for the project. For most projects 16Gb is sufficient, unless looking at exceptionally large datasets
  • Disk space: while most of the processing is performed with the data stored in RAM, the reading/writing of data to RAM is limited by the disk speed, fast storage will improve performance, more significant for larger datasets
  • Operating system: Current releases of AZtec are tested with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit PC’s. AZtec will only work on a 64-bit OS and is not tested on historic versions of Windows. AZtec is not designed to work on other operating systems

Students are the researchers and industry leaders of the future, and we believe they should have access to our software. To support this, we offer a discounted version of AZtecFlex for verified students. The student version includes the full functionality of the elemental and crystallographic package.

To recieve your student discount, follow the steps below:

  1. Send verification of student status to
  2. You will receive a promotional code via email (ID is manually checked and replies may not be immediate)
  3.  Add the AZtecFlex student licence to your cart by clicking “Add to cart”
  4. You will automatically be taken to your shopping cart
  5. Click on “Enter a Promotion Code” in your order summary
  6. Add the promotional code and click APPLY
  7.  Your product should now be showing the correct student price
  8. You can checkout as a guest if you do not know your institutions TAX number
  9. Shipping cost is removed further along in the checkout process


Students can be verified by providing proof of eligibility by email at the point of purchase (such as a letter of enrolment, student i.d. card, signed letter from an academic supervisor or other official documentation). This is intended for students in full or part-time education and should not be used for commercial use (students funded by industry are eligible).

In exchange for the discount, we ask that students:

  • Acknowledge the use of AZtecFlex when presenting/publishing results
  • Provide usage statistics to help us understand our customer needs
  • Usage statistics do not include end user details or personal information
  • Usage statistics do not include details of the data been processed
  • Usage statistics do not include end user details or personal information


AZtecFlex can be purchased from our e-stores by following the links below. If the e-store is not available in your region, please get in touch with us here.  For online purchasing, delivery time will vary depending on local rules and required export checks applicable to your region.

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United Kingdom

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TruMap deconvolutes overlapping peaks and removes background accounting for the elements present, to produce true elemental maps. This becomes even more important when mapping at low KeV, where the number of available peaks is limited.  

This map is acquired at 3 keV and resolves sub 20 nm features. The tungsten (W) Ma peak at 1.774 keV overlaps with a silicon (Si) ka peak at 1.740 keV. Maps with a standard energy window show a W distribution which is a combination of both W and Si signals. TruMap deconvolutes the peaks to give an accurate W map. The presence of the heavy element (W) increases the background signal, even without an overlap. This can create a shadow map, as seen in the copper signal. TruMap accounts for the change in background and adjusts the map display accordingly.



AZtecCrystal is a modern, comprehensive EBSD data analysis software package designed to blend ease of use for relative newcomers to EBSD with an array of advanced tools for expert users. The software has been designed to handle the exceptionally large EBSD datasets that are now commonplace with our latest, high-speed CMOS-based EBSD detectors.

AZtecCrystal will allow you to perform all of the routine analyses that are necessary when processing EBSD datasets, including the creation of maps, analyses of crystallographic texture, examination of grain boundary properties and a comprehensive range of grain measurement tools. In addition, advanced functionality includes the calculation of elastic properties from grain orientation data, advanced phase classification / discrimination and the rapid reconstruction of parent grain microstructures in systems that have undergone displacive phase transformations.

AZtecCrystal is the ideal software for any user wishing to rapidly and effectively process and interrogate their EBSD data.



AZtecFeature is a particle analysis platform that automates the detection, morphological measurement, compositional analysis and classification of particle/granular/inclusion samples.  By measuring both composition and morphological information on a particle by particle basis, AZtecFeature allows you to interpret your data in real time with powerful and easy to create classification schemes and data review plots.

All of the automatically acquired data in AZtecFeature is processed with AZtec’s Tru-Q® algorithms to ensure reliability and accuracy in the identification and quantification of elements in your samples – ensuring you get the right results each time.



AztecLayerProbe is a tool for the characterisation of layered thin film structures in the SEM.  Working with layer stacks up to 2μm thick, LayerProbe is able to calculate, from an EDS analysis, layer thickness and composition.  With proven accuracy across multiple critical applications including electronic devices, material coatings, energy devices and many more, LayerProbe is the ideal tool for both research and routine non-destructive analysis of layered samples – down to a nanometer scale.


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