Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing

iv3dThe ImageVis3D team is proud to announce the release of ImageVis3D 3.0.0! ImageVis3D is a desktop volume rendering application which was designed to visualize large data. Support is available for multiple rendering modes, such as 1D and 2D transfer functions, isosurface rendering, as well as specialized modes such as MIP and slice views. On modern systems, ImageVis3D's GPU-accelerated rendering delivers incredible performance, while compatibility options exist to allow ImageVis3D to perform adequately on older systems.


ImageVis3D 3.0.0 is a major release, with a large set of new features. Changes since 2.1.1 include:

New Features

  • New Grid Leaper renderer.
  • New basic settings dialogs. Optional automated adjustment of ImageVis3D's settings.
  • It's now more apparent when multiple color channels overlap in the 1D transfer function.
  • Sped up initial conversion of datasets by 100%.
  • Added limited support for MRC files.

Bugs fixed in this release

  • Fixed division by zero error for very small brick sizes.
  • Will now ask to rebrick if the maximum brick size setting is below the builder size used to generate the dataset.
  • Tag render mode now correctly transfers state between cloned views.
  • Fixed various rendering artifacts related to coordinate axes.

Changes which are only of interest to developers

  • The old scripting engine has been removed. It will be replaced with Lua-based scripting engine in next release.
  • Most of the Tuvok API has been privatized. Access is now strictly through Lua.
  • Added OpenMP support.

Known issues with this release

  • There is a known issue converting color data in a single TIFF file.
  • The 'Stack' ("stk"), single-file TIFF volume, and Fraunhofer EZRT ("rek") file formats can only be read, not written.
  • The 'Brick Of Values' (BOV) reader does not support BOVs in which the data are split across multiple files.
  • RGB[A] are the only kinds of multicomponent data supported.
  • NVIDIA GPUs on Linux expose a driver issue which can hang the system for prolonged periods of time. To workaround this issue, we recommend sticking with the slice based volume renderer on Linux for this release.
  • Full-color data sets do not display a proper histogram in the transfer function editors.
  • In any mode but MIP, the 'Recorder' always uses the highest resolution data, regardless of any other settings.
  • In the "Disable LOD" mode of MIP Recordings, progress information is not given. Progress is being made; a visibly-correct rendering is not required to create an on-disk image which is visibly correct.
  • Using clear view in a cloned window with render mode cloned, but view transformations not cloned, results in instability.
  • Crash when removing a mesh from the middle of the components list in Dataset Explorer.
ImageVis3D 3.0.0 supports Intel Macs 10.7 and up (10.8.0 recommended), Windows, and Linux. Binaries are available at:
the 'developer builds' site:
the 'sci' PPA on Launchpad (Linux only):
or you can get the source directly from our subversion repository, using the 'svn' command:
svn co any other subversion client.

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- The ImageVis3D team.