Congratulations! You've successfully installed a beta release of MicroView for 32- and 64-bit Intel Mac OS X. Thank-you for your interest in this software, and for taking the time to try it out. We value your opinion of this software, and would like to capture community interest in our continuing to develop MicroView, so don't hesitate to contact us with bug reports, questions, complaints or to discuss our future plans with MicroView. In particular, we encourage you to share your thoughts and comments on our Google+ page.
First and foremost, this release represents a beta snapshot of the original opensource version of MicroView. It doesn't contain the same feature list as the commercially supported versions. It represents, rather, a continuation of the basic viewer available on the original MicroView sourceforge site. This software is provided "as-is", and while our plan is to progressively improve the quality and capability of the image viewer to the point where we can release it in both free and non-free version streams, this release is just the first step. Please do not contact GE or TriFoil Imaging Inc. expecting to get support for this version of the software. It will install itself along side any existing MicroView versions you already have installed.
Time Limited Demo
While MicroView is pre-release, we'd like to keep a fairly tight grip on the demo binaries, to avoid the possibility of potentially buggy software being used by an extended MicroView audience, that isn't interested in helping report and fix bugs. To that end, this release has a limited shelf-life of 2 months. You can expect an updated close to the end of the 2 month window to replace it. That being said, the more eyes to test the software the better. Please feel free to redistribute the installer.
User Visible Changes
Most notable feature: a native 64-bit Intel Macintosh platform release - no more need for PPC emulation and it runs natively on OS X Lion
Improved DICOM support:
Relies on the excellent Grassroots DICOM package for reading dicom images - this includes RLE, progressive JPEG and JPEG2000 encoded images. This package also has a DICOM-compliant network layer which should allow for some tighter DICOM integration soon
New and improved image reader/writer support:
Support for UNC meta image format (read/write)
Support for WEBP image formats (read)
Support for BioRad image format (read)
Scanco ISQ image format (read)
MicroView now has preliminary support for loading multiple images simultaneously
Under the Hood
VTK/ITK package updates:
MicroView has been ported to run on Python 2.7, VTK 5.10 and ITK 4.3.1. VTK 5+ includes a number of new capabilities, including GPU-assisted volume rendering, which we plan on leverage in subsequent release of MicroView
Massive source-code overhaul:
Numerous internal changes to make MicroView easier to install and easier to maintain
Restructured to support python eggs - future plans include leveraging eggs to improve modularity and plugin support