What? How? Where?
What? VolViewer is used for viewing volume images from, for example, confocal microscopy or optical projection tomography (OPT). VolViewer provides tools for making measurements in three dimensions. It also makes 'cool' movies such as fly-throughs.
- Real-time volume rendering using an optimized 3D texture slicing algorithm.
- Provides a 3D viewer service to other systems, e.g. Matlab, 'C', Python, etc.
- Interactive transfer functions to independently adjust opacity and intensity for up to three data channels.
- Real-time per channel thresholding, brightness and contrast operators.
- On-the-fly gradient computation for local illumination.
- Iso-surface computation with surface smoothing.
- Section viewing in any orientation / position.
- Real-time volume clipping.
- 3D measurements, filters & segmentation.
- Cool movies interpolation between zooms, pans, brightness/contrast.
- Stereo rendering using either quad buffer or anaglyph mode. (Requires nvidea quadro board or equivalent and 3D display.)
How? It is open source and written in C++ using OpenGL and Qt.
Where? Binaries are available for the PC, Mac and Linux, see below. Requirements: An OpenGL 2.1 / GLSL 1.20 compatible GPU with a recomended 512MB of memory.
- Tutorial on dealing with proprietory file formats (BioformatsConverter)
- Tutorial on loading and saving data
- Tutorial on user interface
- Tutorial on exploring data
- Tutorial on high quality projections and movies
- Tutorial on filters, quantification, segmentation and scripting
- Matlab interface and Scripting in more detail
|Antirinhium Meristem||Arabidopsis Seedling||Arabidopsis Leaf (GL2:GUS expression in red)||Arabidopsis Leaf (Ath8:::GUS expression in red)|
* all data courtesy of Karen Lee 
Although we try to keep up to date builds these sometimes lag behind the SVN trunk. So if you want the latest version / features, it is best to build the application from the trunk of the SVN. The build system is based on qmake for easy cross platform compilation.
|Windows (32bit)||Windows (64bit)||Linux||MacOS X (i386/x86_64/10.5+)|
Building from source
VolViewer has appeared in the following:
Front cover: Handbook of Plant Science | Front cover: The Plant Cell | Royal Microscopical Society: Infocus Magazine | Bundled with the Bioptonic 3001 scanner: Bioptonics Viewer | The Guardian newspaper: 3D Fruit fly | Qt Ambassador program | Triffid Nurseries website
- Dr Jerome Avondo Supported by the BBSRC through UEA Computing School and JIC.