Posted By: Hanchuan Peng - Sep 23, 2010
Tool/Resource: Vaa3D and Vaa3D-Neuron
We are pleased to announce that a new version (v2.526) of Vaa3D has been released! Download at the official website

Vaa3D is a handy, fast, and versatile 3D/4D/5D Image Visualization & Analysis System for Bioimages & Surface Objects. It also provides many unique functions ... It is also Open Source, 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) and NITRC (Aug, 2010).

Vaa3D is a cross-platform (Mac, Linux, and Windows) tool for visualizing large-scale (gigabytes, and 64-bit data) 3D 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 Vaa3D suitable for various bioimage informatics applications, and a nice platform to develop new 3D image analysis algorithms for high-throughput processing. In short, Vaa3D streamlines the workflow of visualization-assisted analysis.

In our latest development, Vaa3D 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 Vaa3D platform!

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