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Imaris 8.0.0 Release Notes

Welcome to the Imaris 8.0.0 release notes. Version Date: November 17, 2014.
Please have a look to the Overview of Imaris Release notes for information about prior released features and fixed bugs.

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On 18 November 2014, Luciano Lucas PhD, Product Manager and Head of Sales for Bitplane, presented the launch webinar showcasing the latest features of Imaris 8. You can watch the full recording of this presentation, including a highly informative Q&A session, by visiting the Imaris Learning Center.

LEARN MORE about Imaris 8 features and applications at

Important Note: Imaris 8 supports only 64 bit operating systems (Windows, Mac). Support for 32-bit is discontinued. Also support for Windows XP and Mac OS X 10.6 is discontinued (Imaris might run on these systems but we cannot guarantee its stability of performance).

  • The 3 main Imaris views:
  • Arena for managing and grouping images, controlling Batch runs, and compiling results for Vantage.
    Surpass for inspecting images in XYZ and time (slice, section, gallery, volume), and validating segmentation results.
    Vantage for analyzing results, and comparing objects and statistics derived from multiple sets of images.
  • Main Arena Items:
  • Group images for Batch, contains all associated results.
    Creation Parameters contain the batch protocol for calculating Spots, Surfaces, Cells, and Filements. Can be executed on a group of images.
    Batch can be started by a right-click on Creation Parameters.
    Surpass Object Collection contains calculated objects (e.g. Spots) and statistics from the images in the group.
    The Vantage Plot contains the settings to display one or more collections of objects as plot in Vantage.
  • Batch and Vantage are Imaris add-on modules and require a license.

  • Filaments are batchable
  • Dark Theme for labs where bright light from a monitor disturbs the experiments. Native OS theme can be activated from menu "Edit / Preferences / Display / Colors / User Interface Theme".
  • Opt-in floating license: When enabled Imaris will prompt user at startup, which additional floating licenses (modules) in addition to the base licenses the user likes to use. In order to enable the dialog, start the Imaris Administrator (menu "Edit / preferences / Licenses / Imaris Administrator"), and check the option "Show floating license selection dialog upon start of Imaris". If a user always wants to check out only the base licenses, he can suppress the dialog from the license preferences.
  • Supporting Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Support for 32-bit is discontinued. Also support for Windows XP and Max OS X 10.6 is disconinued (Imaris maybe runs on these systems at your own risk).
  • Windows only: Thumbnailextractor is discontinued (extension for Windows Explorer)
  • New Imaris Program Icon:

BisQue   The Imaris Area View is powered by BisQue - Bio-Image Semantic Query User Environment.

Fixed 21 Bugs (since Imaris 7.7.2)
7076 _General 7.6.3 On OSX most menu items don't show additional information in the status bar anymore
7638 _General 7.6.5 Saving creation parameters with autothresholding used for filtering spots and seed points is broken
7676 _General 7.6.5 Broken links in readme.txt
7339 Batch Agent 7.7.1 BatchCoordinator does not produce an output if Split touching objects is active
7725 Batch Agent 7.7.1 IMS files generated with Batch are almost 10 times as big as Imaris files
7893 Documentation 7.7.1 Show Help in the Filament wizard Dendrite Diameter step leads to the wrong chapter
8079 Documentation 7.6.5 Show Help in step 2/4 in the Surface Wizard does not work
8040 FileIO 7.6.5 Andor TIFF color tables not read correctly.
7815 Imaris File Converter 7.7.0 Compression disabled by default in File Converter 7.7.0 / 7.7.1
7692 Statistics 7.6.4 Turning off the statistic Number of Spots per timepoint breaks export for plotting
8201 Statistics 7.5.2 XML data "export data for plotting" not working
7955 Surpass 7.7.0 Snapshot "crashes" Imaris when "Offscreen rendering" if turned "off" on Radeon/FirePro
8062 Surpass 7.6.5 Save does not activate after initial store then change the name of a Surpass component
7284 Surpass Cells 7.6.4 Vesicles classify filter do not hide spots during 'rebuild' run
7782 Surpass Cells 7.7.0 Duplicate Selection from Cells --> Crash!
8351 Surpass Cells 7.7.2 First Cells not re-loaded, when a second Cells object was deleted before saving the file
6779 Surpass Filaments 7.6.0 Filament "duplicate selection" and statistics not working properly (because of not unique vertex IDs)
7730 Surpass Spots 7.7.1 "Show Help" link broken on Spots' Edit tab
8313 Surpass Surfaces 7.7.2 Context specific link from Surface Source Channel step to Reference Manual is broken
7804 Time / Tracking 7.7.1 Changing color crash Imaris
7981 Vantage 7.7.2 Imported Scene is added as time point - not possible to make comparison in Vantage

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Last Modification: CL, 17-Nov-2014

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