Comments from MFI Users

MFI is used regularly in flow facilities in Australia, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and in the USA (Bethesda MD, Madison WI, San Diego CA). Here are comments from some MFI users:

"... it gives medians quickly, and it's possible to view all the file parameters at once. ... We use the program regularly, a couple of days a week. If we weren't using it we'd use PCLYSYS or WINLIST or LYSYS or WinMDI."

"... smoothing and peak detection are very good -- features not included in the Coulter software. The printing options are a big advance on the Elite software, which is pretty inflexible and wastes a lot of space."

"Fast & easy to use application for analysis; good profile smoothing & statistics generation; simple print-out without unnecessary information; colour printing capability."

"... investigators here like the overlay plots it produces much better than those I can generate from the EPICS ELITE software I use for most of my data processing. I find that I'm more comfortable with [MFI's] linear median numbers than I am with [log values] as a result of looking at too many histograms from EPICS V and C cytometers."

"The capability of creating real dot plots and the possibility of converting listmode data to ASCII are important features, which are not in the Coulter Elite software."

"[MFI] was pivotal for our work. PC-LYSYS from Becton-Dickinson ... costs in Japanese yen more than our annual budget. To obtain Kd values from the titration curves we needed mean fluorescence values on linear scale rather than the average on log scale given by the FACScan program. I tried to acquire data in linear scale using the Consort30 program [but this gave unacceptably] poor resolution...."

"I do my flow cytometry in another building and find it convenient for analysing data back in my other lab."

"What I like about MFI so far: Batch Processing and KMESF conversion factors. I also like being able to export FCS to ASCII for the many users I serve."

"When large series of FACS results need to be analysed, capacity to run series of analysis of FACS data fast."

"It is easy to get a significant amount of data in a short time. I like the output choices, the programming of the run to be able to assign different gates for individual files, easy selection of the files to be processed."

"90% of usage is just to drag out medians and means very quickly. It's fast. It gives the data in a table that we can quickly print using 4Print in landscape mode which fits neatly in a work book."

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