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3D/4D Big Data Visualization and Analysis

In Imaris you can view and interact with large datasets within seconds. Simply download the FileConverter, convert your existing dataset to IMS and test the speed of Imaris' rendering with a free trial of Imaris 9.

  • Free IMS FileConverter for Windows and MacOS
  • Imaris IMS format is very efficient with big 3D/4D datasets
  • Minimal load time of 3D IMS time series in full resolution of the display
  • Extremely fast key frame animations and snapshots at high resolution
  • Compute and render multi-resolution 3D Surface models on huge images
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Imaris File Converter

ImarisFileConverter's redesigned GUI and batch conversion efficiently convert multiple large datasets to save you time. The resulting ims files can then be opened very quickly within Imaris.

  • Conversion is multithreaded (the number of cores selected by the user).
  • Files dropped to conversion queue and are processed with a single click.
  • 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.
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Open time of IMS files in Imaris

Technology for Fast Terabyte Visualization

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.

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™

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

Tracing with Autopath

Fresh functionality has been added to the Autopath tracing method to be optimized for large 3D images, greatly improving speed and efficiency.

  • Tracing can start immediately after selecting a starting point.
  • Tracing can be paused and restarted easily from the same point.
  • Filament diameters automatically calculated during tracing.
  • Depth visibility enables selection of dynamic region of interest for tracing.
  • Autopath enables the continuous drawing along filaments outside of the initial view

Tracing with Autodepth

Autodepth now makes drawing filaments much easier, and introduces improved support for large 3D images.

  • Autosnap allows automatic 'snapping' to nearest filament even when mouse pointer is not centred.
  • Drawing 'backwards' will erase parts of the traced filament in case of incorrect path choices.
  • Autopan will enable the continuous drawing along filaments outside of the initial view.
  • Filament diameters automatically calculated during tracing.
  • Filament automatically centered.