A Component is an implementation of certain image processing / analysis algorithms.

Each component alone does not solve a Bioimage Analysis problem.

These problems can be addressed by combining such components into workflows.



DeconvolutionLab2 includes a friendly user interface to run the following deconvolution algortihms: Regularized Inverse Filter, Tikhonov Inverse Filter, Naive Inverse Filter, Richardson-Lucy, Richardson-Lucy Total Variation, Landweber (Linear Least Squares), Non-negative Least Squares, Bounded-Variable Least Squares, Van Cittert, Tikhonov-Miller, Iterative Constraint Tikhonov-Miller, FISTA, ISTA.

The backbone of our software architecture is a library that contains the number-crunching elements of the deconvolution task. It includes the tool for a complete validation pipeline. Inquisitive minds inclined to peruse the code will find it fosters the understanding of deconvolution.

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GaussFit OnSpot



GaussFit_OnSpot is an ImageJ plugin for fitting Gaussian profiles onto selected positions in diffraction-limited images (e.g. single molecules, protein clusters, vesicles, or stars).

The plugin performs a function fit in regions of interest (ROI) around spots marked by point selections in grayscale images. Single or multiple spots can be either selected manually with the Multi-point tool or automatically with the Find Maxima function.

There is a PDF with more information, and also an example image.

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"PTA2 is an ImageJ1.x plugins that enable automatic particle tracking"

This plugin is developed specifically for single-molecule imaging, so it's good at tracking spots with noisy background. 

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h-Dome transformation, useful for spot detection.

Jython code example:

from de.unihalle.informatik.MiToBo.core.datatypes.images import MTBImage
from de.unihalle.informatik.MiToBo.morphology import HDomeTransform3D
from ij import IJ

imp = IJ.getImage()
mtb = MTBImage.createMTBImage( imp.duplicate() )
hdome = HDomeTransform3D(mtb, 10.0)
mtbdone = hdome.getResultImage()
imp2 = mtbdone.getImagePlus()



FluoRender is an interactive rendering tool for confocal microscopy data visualization. It combines the rendering of multi-channel volume data and polygon mesh data, where the properties of each dataset can be adjusted independently and quickly. The tool is designed especially for neurobiologists, allowing them to better visualize confocal data from fluorescently-stained brains, but it is also useful for other biological samples.




Labkit is an open-source tool to segment truly large image data using sparse training data. It has an intuitive and responsive user interface based on Big Data Viewer, allowing users to conveniently browse and annotate even terabyte sized image volumes.

Update site: Labkit

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SciView is an ImageJ/FIJI plugin for 3D visualization of images and meshes. It uses the Scenery and ClearVolume infrastructure. SciView integrates ImageJ2 functionality, including ImageJ Ops and ImageJ Mesh, to provide the ability to interact with image and mesh data in 3D and interface with the popular Fiji software ecosystem.

An update site is available: http://sites.imagej.net/SciView/

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InspectJ is a free ImageJ/FIJI tool to inspect digital image integrity.

InspectJ_v2 is a newer version for advanced users. It applies additional features like histogram equalization and gamma correction for improved image inspections.

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Paintera is a general visualization tool for 3D volumetric data and proof-reading in segmentation/reconstruction with a primary focus on neuron reconstruction from electron micrographs in connectomics. It features/supports:

  •  Views of orthogonal 2D cross-sections of the data at arbitrary angles and zoom levels
  •  Mipmaps for efficient display of arbitrarily large data at arbitrary scale levels
  •  Label data
    •  Painting
    •  Manual agglomeration
    •  3D visualization as polygon meshes
      •  Meshes for each mipmap level
      •  Mesh generation on-the-fly via marching cubes to incorporate painted labels and agglomerations in 3D visualization. Marching Cubes is parallelized over small blocks. Only relevant blocks are considered (huge speed-up for sparse label data).

Paintera is implemented in Java and makes extensive use of the UI framework JavaFX

Paintera screenshot



shinyHTM is an open source, web-based tool for data exploration, image visualization and normalization of High Throughput Microscopy data. Within shinyHTM the user is guided through a linear workflow which follows the following best practices:

  • Inspect the numerical data through plotting
  • Measurements are linked to raw images
  • Perform quality control to exclude images with aberrations or where image analysis failed
  • Perform a reproducible data analysis
  • Normalize data and report statistical significance

Image visualization relies on Fiji/ImageJ, along with its wealth of analytical tools.

shinyHTM can be used to analyze image features obtained with CellProfiler, ImageJ or any other bioimage analysis software. The output of analysis is a publication-ready scoring of the data.

shinyHTM is based on the R shiny package.