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Amira™ Software for Life Sciences (Thermo Fisher Scientific)

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Thermo Fisher Scientific is the world leader in serving science. Thermo Scientific™ Amira™ Software is a powerful 3D/4D+ platform that enables advanced 3D/4D+ bioimaging workflows in research areas ranging from structural and cellular biology, to tissue imaging, neuroscience, preclinical imaging, and bioengineering. Amira Software combines state-of-the-art 3D data visualization with advanced image processing and data analysis tools ranging from segmentation to automated object tracking. Amira Software features are accessible through an intuitive visual programming interface and extensible using Python scripting.


Amira Software’s data visualization and image processing features are provided by the Thermo Scientific™ Open Inventor™ Toolkit. Open Inventor Toolkit is an object-oriented 2D and 3D software development toolkit (SDK) for the development of professional applications using C++, .NET or Java, for cloud, desktop and mobile environments. Its easy-to-use API, extensible architecture, and large set of advanced built-in components provide developers with a high-level platform for integrating 2D/3D visualization and image processing capabilities into software applications in a simple and consistent way.

The technical benefits of Open Inventor 3D visualization for Amira include state of the art techniques, high performance, high image quality and full interactivity even for large data sets. The technical benefits of Open Inventor Toolkit image processing for Amira Software include a large set of algorithms and highly optimized performance. On the business side, the Amira Software development team chose Open Inventor Toolkit because its performance, reliability and dedicated support offers tremendous value compared to low level graphics APIs and open source solutions.

According to Christian Wietholt, Product Manager for Amira Software:

“Recently we completed a major project to integrate Amira Software into the image acquisition workflow with the Thermo Scientific VolumeScope™ SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) instrument. Amira Sofwtare volume rendering is already fast and interactive, even for very large 3D data sets, because Open Inventor Toolkit provides a hierarchical, multi-resolution data model. For the VolumeScope 2 project we needed to extend this data model to immediately render data as it is acquired and to keep the full resolution data only in its native format. The Open Inventor Toolkit team was very responsive as usual. With their help, and the flexibility that Open Inventor Toolkit provides to extend and customize components of the library, we were able to implement support for a new “hybrid” file format that combines tiled multi-resolution and full resolution data. With this development, newly acquired data can be written to a file, while the already acquired data is simultaneously rendered in the 3D Viewer. This allowed us to meet our project requirements and continue to take advantage of Open Inventor Toolkit’s high performance and high quality rendering.”


About Thermo Fisher Scientific:

Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity.

About Thermo Scientific™ Open Inventor™ Toolkit:

Open Inventor Toolkit is a leading platform for developers of all types of life science software, for cloud, desktop and mobile environments: 2D and 3D imaging, PACS, image processing and analysis, surgical planning, device modeling and 3D printing, simulation and training. The Open Inventor object-oriented API is designed to quickly integrate powerful new visualization and analysis capabilities into software applications in a simple and consistent way.