How do you think the new GigE standards will influence the machine vision industry?
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By Hank Russell
Imaging software is playing a more integral part of the electronic-imaging process and as the technology matures, its upgrades help keep up with the times. Some applications include:
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Able Software’s (Lexington, MA) 3D-DOCTOR provides tools for doctors and medical researchers to create 3-D polygonal mesh models from CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), microscopy or other volumetric images. Users of the software can create 3-D models for rapid prototyping, visualization, simulation, 3-D volume calculation and measurement applications. It supports both color and grayscale images in a number of formats: DICOM, Interfile, TIFF, BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG and RAW data. It provides fully automated and semi-automatic image segmentation for extracting different features, and other 3-D image processing functions such as registration, fusion, automated slice alignment, 3-D reconstruction and reslicing. www.ablesw.com; www.3d-doctor.com.
ImageGear Professional Edition from AccuSoft Corp. (Northborough, MA) supports more than 1,500 imaging functions, full multi-threading and Internet integration. It includes full PDF editing, OCR, ICR, OMR, image analysis and correction, along with manipulation of computer-generated and scanned images, special effects, file format conversion, image enhancement and GUI functions. Version 14.5 includes support for RAW files used in more than 70 different cameras from 12 manufacturers as well as the Adobe DNG and TIFF/EP formats. www.accusoft.com.
Image Central v3.3 from Advanced Imaging Concepts Inc. (Princeton, NJ) is a user-definable image database software package that was designed to handle digital image management and archiving in the laboratory. Database searches are accomplished in either basic or advanced modes. An Audit Trail module is available. The Imaging Link provides for a connection to other applications. Single-user to enterprise systems are integrated with existing equipment. www.aic-image-central.com.