de Chaumont Fabrice / orcid.org/0000-0001-7613-7204
Dallongeville Stephane
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Reproducing an experiment doesn’t stop at the bench when images are concerned. Icy is an open source bioimaging software package that aims to provide a framework for authors to share, and others to reproduce, research once the sample hits the microscope. Icy was released in April 2011 and is being developed at the Quantitative Image Analysis Unit at the Pasteur Institute in France by Jean-Christophe Olivo-Marin and his team. The goal is to provide standardized software architecture, with a visual programming framework and online repository of plugins and protocols, brought together with sophisticated content-management and communication systems for such extended reproducible research. Icy provides intuitive user interfaces for graphical protocol development for image acquisition, analysis and storage that are easy to use for biologists and developers alike. Developers should find that Icy’s ‘EzPlug’ API library, versioning, and auditing tools make creating a custom plugin from most any source easy. Users will find the automatic error reporting, central repository and on-line community hub great for storing and sharing plugins and protocols. Icy is even developing a cloud-computing framework to address the scalability issues of high-content screening. As of this writing there are 207 plug-ins 50 scripts and 14 protocols available for download, including those for microscope control, particle tracking, three dimensional segmentation, and even spot detection using wavelets. Published in Nature Methods (Nat Methods 9(7):690-6 (2012)). Icy can be downloaded at http://icy.bioimageanalysis.org/ Strength: Open-source. Centralized repository of 205 plugins, 50 scripts and 14 protocols Rate and comment plugins 5D Search and install features directly from Icy Graphical programming with protocols Write scripts in javascript or python Automatic bug reports Native ImageJ integration 100% compatible Native Micro-Manager integration Share your plugins and protocols online Can run headless Intuitive user interface Online management of plugins Connect Icy to Matlab Interactive widgets Build your graphical interface with EzPlug Use the power of your graphic card with OpenCL Loaded with 20 up-to date libs Weaknesses No tutorial for plugins writing..yet See here: http://icy.bioimageanalysis.org/index.php?display=devDoc http://icy.bioimageanalysis.org/index.php?display=detailTag&tagId=29 and here: http://icy.bioimageanalysis.org/index.php?display=startDevWithIcy and also here: http://icy.bioimageanalysis.org/index.php?display=startDevWithIcy Image size limited to 2GigaByte per single 2D channel (means that an image of 40.000x40.000 can be handle by Icy. Still big !) Still you can have a stack of 100000x40Kx40kxUnlimited number of channel if you have RAM. Will be improved

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