[Insight-users] V3D 2.6 Released

Peng, Hanchuan, Ph.D. pengh at janelia.hhmi.org
Fri Jan 7 12:15:27 EST 2011

We are pleased to announce that a new version (v2.603) of the powerful cross-platform
V3D system, along with all its source code, have been released! Download at the official


Join the discussion forum at


**** New Features in this New Release ****

A major upgrade of the V3D main program and make the plugin interface even easier and more powerful.
Allow multi-thread data loading whenever possible. Add web file fetching and load function. Enable 16/32
bit direct 3D visualization and 3D WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) for such data. Fixed some bugs
and  enhanced the interaction performance. More comprehensive plugin interface.

Along with the upgrade of the main program, powerful new plugins are also included. Some featured plugins
that can be very useful include
   * Simple 3D Movie Maker,
   * 5D Stack Converter,
   * Linear-time Fast Distance Transform,
   * Multi-thread Image Loading,
   * V3D Example Plugin for Image and Objects Pushing and Anamation, etc.

You can also check out the latest source code, or download pre-compiled versions as instructed at the V3D website.

**** About V3D ****

V3D is a handy, fast, and versatile 3D/4D/5D Image Visualization &
Analysis System for Bioimages & Surface Objects. It also provides many
unique functions. It supports a very simple and powerful plugin interface
and thus can be extended & enhanced easily.

This software has recently been published in Nature Biotechnology (April
2010), received highlights in Nature Methods (May, 2010), Science News
(April/May 2010), NITRC (Aug, 2010), and HHMI Annual Report (Dec 2010).
Developer hackathons that involved about 10 different research labs were
also held recently (July-Aug, 2010).

V3D is a cross-platform (Mac, Linux, and Windows) tool for visualizing
large-scale (gigabytes, and 64-bit data) 3D, 4D and 5D image stacks and
various surface data. It is also a container of powerful modules for 3D
image analysis (cell segmentation, neuron tracing, brain registration,
annotation, quantitative measurement and statistics, etc) and data
management. This makes V3D suitable for various bioimage informatics
applications, and a nice platform to develop new 3D image analysis
algorithms for high-throughput processing. In short, V3D streamlines the
workflow of visualization-assisted analysis.

In our latest development, V3D can render 5D (spatial-temporal) data
directly in 3D volume-rendering mode; it supports convenient and
interactive local and global 3D views at different scales. it even has a
Matlab file IO toolbox. Probably most importantly, you can now write
your own plugins to take advantage of the V3D platform!

Please contact us if you want to learn more, provide feedbacks, or
become a part of this exciting developing team!


Hanchuan Peng, Ph.D.,
Janelia Farm Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
19700 Helix Drive,
Ashburn, VA, 20147, USA.
Tel: (+1) 571-209-4156
Fax: (+1) 571-209-4933
Email: pengh at janelia.hhmi.org

* Peng Lab: http://penglab.janelia.org

* V3D lets you explore & understand your
   large 3D/4D/5D images a lot easier!
- fast 3D+ image visualization and analysis,
   WYSIWYG, and easy plugin interface:
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