3D TeraVisualization with Imaris | Bitplane

3D/4D Big Data Visualization and Analysis

Imaris is uniquely designed for the visualization and analysis of your most complex large images with the performance you need for an efficient workflow. Test your images in Imaris and Imaris Stitcher today!

  • Free IMS FileConverter for Windows and MacOS
  • Short load times of 3D IMS time series at full resolution of the display
  • Compute and render multi-resolution 3D Surface models on huge images
  • Compute and render many millions of Spots cell counting and tracking
  • Accurate and precise stitching of image tiles in XYZ in 2D, 3D, and 4D

Imaris File Converter

Imaris File Converter's redesigned GUI and batch conversion feature help you efficiently convert multiple large datasets to save you time. The resulting IMS files can then be opened very quickly within Imaris making the Imaris File Converter the first step of a streamlined Imaris workflow.

  • Conversion is multithreaded (the number of cores selected by the user).
  • Additional files can be added during conversion.
  • Both Read progress and Write progress displayed.
  • Memory allocation increased to handle big data.
  • Each conversion runs as a separate process.

Technology for Fast Terabyte Visualization

* Colors represent different resolution blocks.

Fast visualization of terabyte sized images is all about quickly loading to the graphics hardware those data that are necessary for visualizing the current point of view and loading as little superfluous data as possible. The IMS File Format and the visualization pipeline achieve this with the following features:

  • The IMS file format stores a multi-resolution image pyramid in 3D block-wise layout using HDF5.
  • The renderer loads optimal image resolution levels to match screen resolution.
  • Data Caching on the GPU and in RAM improves performance significantly.
  • Data are stored in a lossless compressed format to save storage space.
  • Multi-threading of rendering and data decompression and upload facilitate interactivity.

NEW Imaris 9 searches the file reader plugin directory for DLLs that have the FileReader API. If the file format contains multiple resolution levels Imaris will quickly render those files in native mode.


Surface Rendering

The new Surface rendering technology in Imaris 9 adopts Imaris' proven Volume rendering technology based on a multi-resolution octree. Now it's possible to visualize Surfaces of hundreds of Gigabytes in size. With this technology Imaris 9 can interactively render massive Surfaces consisting of billions of triangles.

The technology that enables Imaris 9 fast rendering of large surfaces is based on the following features:

  • Multi-resolution surfaces in 3D block-wise layout
  • Renderer loads optimal surface resolution levels to match screen resolution
  • Data Caching in VRAM and RAM
  • Multi-threading of rendering, decompression and loading

Fast Surface Computation

Imaris 9 computes Surfaces in a block wise and multithreaded fashion to efficiently analyze large images (hundreds of Gigabytes). Thanks to this ground breaking new technology the computation will be possible for big images and will be significantly faster than in previous Imaris versions.

Our test images for Surfaces calculation time presented below are multiples of Wasp_embryo.ims created by using "Add slices" in Imaris. System specs: Win 7.1, 192GB RAM (Imaris internal memory limit of 64GB), CPU Intel Xeon E5-2687 (x2), Graphics Nvidia Quadro k5000, Data read from HDD, Cache set to SSD.

Fast Spots Technology

Imaris 9.2 Fast Spots Technology is possible due to the performance improvement of multiple components which make Spots calculation and rendering much faster and able to handle data much larger than before while using conventional hardware:

  • Smart GPU usage enables fast Spots and Track Rendering

  • Spots Computation runs blockwise and multithreaded, uses system resources efficiently and avoids paging of data to files

  • All Tracking algorithms are faster as the linear assignment solver has been improved for both speed and to accommodate large time-lapses.

  • Interacting with spots and track Statistics is now instantaneous.

FilamentTracer Tools for Large Images

With the launch of our patented Torch™ tool, both Autopath and Autodepth tracing methods in Filament Tracer have been significantly improved to efficiently trace neurons in large 3D images and dense networks.

Tracing with Torch™
Tracing with Autopath
Tracing with Autodepth

Tracing with Torch™


This patented solution brings a novel volume visualization approach to tracing, making is faster and more efficient than ever before.

  • Highlights structures in close proximity to the tracing cursor.
  • Darkens background for improved visibility
  • Facilitates tracing in dense neural networks.
  • Available in Autopath and Autodepth tracing methods

Imaris Stitcher

Accurate and precise stitching of multiple tiles in XYZ is now possible with our big data capable Imaris Stitcher. Simply load 2D, 3D or 4D tiles for stitching and the software will detect their stage coordinates. Imaris Stitcher automatically corrects for rotation of the camera relative to the microscopy stage and aligns neighbouring tiles based on best signal overlap in a selected channel. In addition, users can manually correct grid layout if necessary and translate selected tiles.


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