Flow cytometers associated computers, controls instrument set-up and sample acquisition through specialised softwares. As data is acquired, a file of data, often referred as flow cytometry standard (fcs) data file is created. The computer program can then be used to analyse data subsequent to its acquisition or to export the data.
BD FACSDivaTM software controls the efficient setup and acquisition of flow cytometry data from the BD LSRFortessa and the BD FACSAria Fusion sorter. Acquisition in the BD Accuri C6 is controlled by the Accuri C6 software, while sorting in the FACSMelody is performed by the very interactive BDFACSChorus platform.