Software and hardware improvements for Raman scanning-probe microscopes. A new software wizard guides the user through the complete investigation, from initial settings and acquisition through data and image post-processing. Presets and highlighted analytical paths speed up the generation of images. TrueComponent Analysis is a post-processing function for confocal Raman imaging measurements that automatically establishes the number of components in a sample, locates them in the image and differentiates their individual spectra. The EasyLink is a new handheld multifunction controller based on a games console controller that provides a tactile and intuitive interface for directing motorised stages, white light illumination, laser power, autofocus, cantilever positioning and objective selection with the new automated turret.