Posted By: Hanchuan Peng - Dec 30, 2013
Tool/Resource: Vaa3D and Vaa3D-Neuron
 
The Vaa3D version v2.865 ( http://vaa3d.org ) has been released on Dec 28, 2013.

This software suite has powerful modules for 3D visualization and analysis of multi-dimensional images and surface objects. This new release includes several significant new features such as

** nice 3D movie makers;
* 3D synchronization of multiple 3D viewers;
* fast and automated 3D cell segmentation;
** automated neuron reconstruction (all-path-pruning methods);
* terabyte-sized image stack stitching (terastitcher);
** terabyte-sized image stack visualization and annotation (terafly);
* convenient plugin creator.
* many others.

Vaa3D (Peng et al, Nature Biotechnology, 2010) 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.

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.

Download the software at http://vaa3d.org .

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