Imaris is Bitplane’s core scientific software module that delivers all the necessary functionality for data visualization, analysis, segmentation and interpretation of 3D and 4D microscopy datasets. Combining speed, precision and ease-of-use, Imaris provides a complete set of features for working with three- and four-dimensional multi-channel images of any size, from a few megabytes to multiple gigabytes in size.
Imaris allows visualization of original and derived data objects in a real time interactive manner so you can quickly make visual assessments of your experiments in 3D and 4D to discover relationships that are otherwise hidden. Its rendering quality, speed, precision and interactivity are unrivalled. With a large variety of segmentation options, Imaris provides you with the most effective tools to segment even the toughest datasets to identify, separate, and visualize individual objects and then utilize the Imaris MeasurementPro module to pull out the statistics.
Imaris includes features to communicate and share results convincingly: The "Snapshot" command is a convenient way to export any image view in a standard format that can be used for presentations and publications. The highly advanced “Key Frame Animator” allows intuitive creation of even the most complex movie from 3D and 4D scenes and allows those movies to be saved as a QuickTime or AVI file. The option to generate a QuickTime VR movie is also provided. No other software gives you so much control at so many levels.
The Imaris interface has been carefully designed for the life sciences. Imaris takes away the burden of selecting and managing multiple poorly integrated imaging tools and increases time spent on research. Imaris exploits the latest hardware technologies to put new capabilities at your fingertips.
Since its launch in 1993 Imaris has been installed at hundreds of leading sites throughout Europe, America, and Asia. Imaris has been chosen as the primary tool for image visualization and analysis by individual investigators, core facility managers as well as operators of our Advanced Imaging Centers.
Imaris contains multiple high-class volume rendering algorithms to produce exceptional 3D and 4D images.
The “Surface Object” is a computer-generated representation of a specified region of interest in the data set. This surface object is visualized as an artificial solid object, and allows you to verify the accuracy of segmentation against the original data in an interactive manner. The surface object acts as a container from which statistics can be calculated with the Imaris MeasurementPro module. “Surface Objects” can also be tracked with the ImarisTrack module. Surface objects can be generated in the following ways:
The “Spot Object” is available to model point-like structures in the data. Like the “Surface Object” above, a Creation Wizard guides the user through the step-by-step procedure to automatically detect point-like structures, an editor to manually correct detection errors if necessary, and a viewer to visualize the point-like structures as spheres. The advantage of the “Spots Object” is that local maxima can be identified and images with 10’s or 100’s of thousands of objects can be individually identified quickly.
Imaris provides smart handling of huge data sets (50GB or more), that exceed the available main memory, e.g. on computers with only a small amount of RAM or when using a 32 bit operating system. This allows for the processing of images in Imaris where other programs completely fail.
Imaris allows for the simple and straightforward creation of movies from simple rotations to complex animations with objects being turned on and off or cut away and fly through’s being performed.
The speed and performance of Imaris is enhanced through the use of advanced computer graphics and multiple processors / cores. Using a top-of-the-line computer graphics card allows visualization tasks to be completed at a much faster rate, which can be especially convenient for larger datasets. Utilizing multiple processors or multi-core processors can significantly speed calculation times.
One of the key strengths of Imaris is its usability. Automation and hidden image processing intelligence allows users to focus on experiments rather than on the technicalities of the software. However, if more control over the software is needed, Imaris provides the necessary tools to edit datasets manually but effortlessly. The combination of all these tools, which take a matter of seconds to use, will result in a dataset that can provide amazing pictures.
For 4D data, a simple to use time-slider extends all 3D functionality to 3D + time (4D). Imaris memory management and caching mechanisms allow processing large datasets and achieving extraordinary visualization performance. Often images can be rotated in real-time in 3D as they play over time.
Imaris always displays the correct aspect ratio of all pixels or voxels (a pixel with depth) in an image regardless of the view. Images are automatically calibrated if calibration information is present in the native file format. Alternatively, the user can calibrate the image by simply entering the size of each voxel in the program.
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