file importer


HDF5 is a data format for storing extremely large and complex data collections. This Fiji/ImageJ HDF5 plugin saves and loads 2D - 5D datasets with flexible options.

In Fiji, the plugin is downloadable via update site "HDF5".


A utility macro for the specified use of BioFormats plugin. Takes a folder of proprietary images formats (Zeiss zvi, lsm, czi or Nikon nd2) and extracts them to .tif images

The extracted images are located in a folder defined in the menu. Other options: reset spatial scales, reads ROIs, split channels, add stage position in the name.

<!-- [previous text] This macro allows to batch convert .zvi multichannel time-lapse movies into .tif stacks. There are several options for processing and filtering. In particular, you can register the jitter due to small stage movements during acquisition. For this option to work you need to install Kang Li's Image Stabilizer plugin. -->

note: The old name of the macro was "ZVI Extractor" and the data format was limited to ZVI, but the upgraded version includes more formats.

Requires Bio-Formats plugin


This macro is similar to the LIF_Extractor, but it will output Z-projection of each Z-stack. You can choose the type of projection in addition to the other options. Requires Bio-Formats plugin

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This macro extracts .lei and .lif multichannel Z-stacks into multiple .tif stacks, splitting the channels into different stacks. Several options are possible such as background substraction, various filters, or optional reset of spatial scale. Requires Bio-Formats plugin


OMERO is a free, open source image management software. It is client-server based system which supports 5D images, including big images and high-content screening data. Data are stored on a server using relational database. They are accessed using 3 main clients, a desktop client, a web client and a command line tool. There are bindings from OMERO to other image analysis packages, like FLIMfit, OMERO.searcher. The data in OMERO are organized in groups. A user can be a member of one or more groups. This groups can be collaborative or private, there are 4 levels of permissions to access/edit/annotate/delete the data of other users.

The package is supported not only by community forums, but also by a dedicated team which helps users to solve their problems and deals with the bugs submitted via error submission system.


Open source, scalable software, Supports diverse sets of imaging applications and domains (EM,LM, HCS, DigPath) Cross-platform, Java-based application, API support for Java, Python, C++, Django, On-line Forums, Automatic QA and upload of software errors Multi-dimensional images, Web access, Free Demo-server accounts


Enterprise-scale software, so complex install, requires expertise, Actively developing API, Python scripts and functions still developing