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Analyzes, processes and visualizes multi-dimensional microscopy images. BioImageXD puts open-source computer science tools for three-dimensional visualization and analysis into the hands of all researchers, through a user-friendly graphical interface tuned to the needs of biologists. BioImageXD has no restrictive licenses or undisclosed algorithms and enables publication of precise, reproducible and modifiable workflows. It allows simple construction of processing pipelines and should enable biologists to perform challenging analyses of complex processes.

CATMAID / Collaborative Annotation Toolkit for Massive Amounts of Image Data

Allows to navigate, share and collaboratively annotate massive image data sets of biological specimens. CATMAID combines three main components: a centralized data server, decentralized image servers and the client-side user interface. The interface is applicable to any 2D or 3D multimodal biological image datasets, as shown in examples of stitched confocal 3D volumes. Additionally, the interface can be used to navigate, annotate and bookmark locations in any large image canvas.

VPV / Volume Phenotype Viewer

Enables rapid identification of phenotypically abnormal structures. Data are easily loaded by drag and drop, with support for most commonly used file formats. On loading the registration results, embryos may be overlaid with the t-statistic heatmaps to reveal regions of dysmorphology. We have adopted a hot red/blue colour scheme to be consistent with previously reported results. The heatmap data can be filtered by t statistic value to emphasize regions of different statistical significances. Vector field data can also be loaded into VPV and filtered by magnitude to identify where the most significant deformations have taken place during registration.


An interactive 3D axon tracking and labeling tool to obtain quantitative information by reconstruction of the axonal structures in the entire innervation field. AxonTracker-3D has been developed to facilitate the connectome function analysis in large-scale quantitative neurobiology studies. It can display the three orthogonal views of the current location of the centerline along with a visualization of the tracking results. The workflow consists of three steps: (i) re-slice the axon tubes along its orientation; (ii) extract 2D and 3D features from the slices and spheres rounding the center points; (iii) select samples to train AdaBoost classifier. Questions such as whether the spatial distribution of the axons are random in nature or follow a certain pattern can be answered with this tool.

Simple Neurite Tracer

An application for semi-automated tracing of neurons to quickly annotate noisy datasets and construct complex neuronal topologies. Simple Neurite Tracer is designed to allow easy semi-automatic tracing of neurons or other tube-like structures (e.g. blood vessels) through 3D image stacks. The plugin has built-in tools for analysis and hardware accelerated 3D visualization of the results. Data can be imported and exported in SWC files for interaction with other software, or details of the traces can be exported as CSV files for analysis in spreadsheets or statistical software. The native file format is open and XML-based.


Designed for easy visualization and analysis of multidimensional image data. VisBio software is an end-user application built from the ground up to handle visualization and analysis of multidimensional image data, regardless of size or dimensionality. By creating low-resolution thumbnail images during data import, the program conserves memory while providing fluid image browsing and animation capabilities. Other tools include flexible color mapping, semitransparent volume rendering, 3D slicing at arbitrary orientations, 3D measurements, movie capturing, and powerful data export tools.

iRoCS Toolbox

An interactive Qt4 analysis tool for attaching the intrinsic root coordinate system to 3-D confocal recordings of the Arabidopsis root apical meristem. This allows quantitative comparative studies of root populations in a sound and intuitive context. iRoCS Toolbox consists of the data browser labelling and a set of command line tools for batch processing. Main features are: (i) 3-D Visualization of the volume in an orthographic view; (ii) manual annotation of anatomical reference structures (QC, nuclei); (iii) automatic detection and annotation of cells and/or nuclei with several meaningful properties, like position, radius, tissue, cell file, cell cycle state, volume; (iv) full control. Any step can be manually corrected and re-fed into the modeling; (v) retrieval and localization of key events like cell divisions.

Pannoramic Viewer

Enables users to view the sample. Pannoramic Viewer is a digital microscope application that permits to make annotations and measurements. These functions can be easily expanded through its various software modules. It provides several features: (i) Seamless zooming and moving of the virtual slide, (ii) bookmarking on the spot, defining the specific part of the sample by drawing, finding and reading of previously made bookmarks, or (iii) fluorescent slide handling, separate channel view & pseudo-colorization.

Amira 3D Software for Life Sciences

Allows users to visualize, manipulate, and understand data from imaging modalities such as computed tomography, microscopy or Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Amira 3D Software for Life Sciences provides features to import and process 2D and 3D images data, visualization techniques and tools for visual analysis. Users can also create and share presentations. The base product can be customized by adding functional extensions to fit special needs in different application areas.

VANO / Volume-object annotation system

Permits creation, edition, and annotation of a collection of globular objects. VANO is a cross-platform 3D annotator that can be used to build a 3D digital nuclei atlas for Caenorhabditis elegans and a 3D digital atlas of the nuclei of the ventral nerve cord of late stage Drosophila melanogaster embryos. This tool also serves for annotating images in contexts where the image objects have an irregular shape or for collecting prior information and statistics of image objects.