The exposure process can be set up and controlled in Write Mode.


An example setup of an “exposure” task [1].

The general work flow to set up and start a task, is:

smile2 offers a flexible and intuitive way to set up a task list. The task list contains task entries that hold information (geometry, settings, stage position). Consult the Understanding the Stage View chapter to learn more about the task list.

See also

See the Adding elements chapter to learn how to add task list elements.

For new documents, smile2 sets up a simple task. It contains a single entry that exposes the geometry of the current document on the current stage position. For this simple case, only two values need to be adjusted:

  1. The Target Dose
  2. The Beam Current.

Both settings can be found in the Basic tab of the Common Exposure Settings in the attribute editor.

To start the exposure, hit the (rather eye-catching) Start button.


The start button can be found at the bottom of the Attribute Editor in write mode.


After the task has been started, the start button turns in to a red Stop button. You can press this button to stop the task any time.

smile2 also offers the possibility to pause a running task [2]. To do this, one of the two buttons below the Start button can be used:


Interrupts the current task immediately, and goes into pause mode.


The interrupted element cannot be started at the interrupted position again. When resuming, you have the choice to repeat the interrupted task entry, or to skip it.

Finishes the current task entry, and goes into pause mode.

The corresponding button turns into a Resume button after the pause mode is reached. Use this button, to resume the task.


Before starting exposure, it is recommended to check the integrity of the structure by hitting the re-check button (located in the Common Write settings sheet, above the Start button).


Essential elements of the write settings, should always be adjusted/set/checked, before hitting the start button. The write settings are found in the Common Write settings sheet in the Attribute Editor.

A documentation on the settings, the stage view, and concepts can be found in the following chapters:


[1]The task list can do more than just exposing. It can execute scripts or can contain scan task entries.
[2]This feature has been introduced in version 2.0.2.