A multi-purpose polariscope was developed by applying an electro-mechanical control system to a diffused transmission-type circular polariscope. A conventional polariscope is only good for manual control of optical elements. The new polariscope system was devised to be controlled through two stepping motors and two magnetic clutches. The new polariscope can be used not only for the point-wise measurement using Tardy compensation technique but also for the full-field fringe analysis using conventional and/or phase measuring techniques, if applicable. The distributions of digitally determined unwrapped isoclinics and isochromatics using the digitized images obtained from the developed polariscope were in close agreement to manual measurements.