ANY-maze can be used to automate almost any behavioural test, but it’s most often used in ‘standard’ tests such as those listed here. Just click a test to review a summary of the specific benefits of using ANY-maze and to view videos of ANY-maze in action.
Choosing a computer for ANY‑maze is relatively simple – indeed in most cases almost any new computer will be suitable. However, if you plan to track in multiple apparatus simultaneously or to use a computer you already own, you should check out the details given here.
ANY-maze works with web cams, industrial USB cameras and analogue cameras. This guide explains the pros and cons of each and details the important characteristics to look for. It also describes lenses and how to calculate the correct lens angle for your apparatus; things to consider when connecting multiple cameras to your computer; and how to track in low light or even total darkness.
The ANY-maze dongle allows you to share an ANY-maze licence between multiple computers. You can only track animals in the computer that has the dongle connected, but it can still be a great way to simplify running tests in different rooms. This guide explains how to use a dongle and the benefits (and limitations) that it provides.
From version 7 onward ANY-maze will only be available as a 64-bit program; it will no longer work with Windows XP or Vista and various hardware devices will no longer be supported. This guide details these changes and suggests actions to take if they affect you.
You’re probably very used to connecting USB devices to your computer – just find a spare port and plug it in! And if there’s no spare port, connect a USB hub to the computer and then plug the devices into that.
For the vast majority of devices it really is that simple, but cameras are an exception. In this guide I’ll explain why and describe how you can overcome the limitations.