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Table 2 Selected examples for image processing software

From: Methods to study organogenesis in decapod crustacean larvae II: analysing cells and tissues

  Freely available Operating system Comments
General image processing
Adobe Photoshop (Adobe Inc.)   Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux  
CorelDRAW (Corel Corporation)   Microsoft Windows; macOS  
FIJI/ImageJ Yes Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux Open source, extremely variable in options, various plugins available [153]
GIMP Yes Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux Open source [157]
Stacking (Z-Stacks)
Zerene Stacker (Zerene Systems LLC)   Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux  
Image Analyzer (MeeSoft, Michael Vinter) Yes Microsoft Windows MultiFocus plugin [158]
Combine ZM/ZP (Alan Hadley) Yes Microsoft Windows  
Stitching (X-/Y-AXIS)
Adobe Photoshop (Adobe INC.) (photomerge)   Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux Photomerge plugin “Interactive Layout” only available up to CS5
Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) Yes Microsoft Windows  
3D imaging/3D reconstruction (μCT, CLSM, sectional image stacks)
Amira (Zuse Institute Berlin; Thermo Fisher Scientific)   Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux  
Imaris (Bitplane)   Microsoft Windows; macOS;  
VGSTUDIO Max (Volume Graphics)   Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux  
Drishti (Ajay Limaye) Yes Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux Open source [159]
SPIERS (Palaeoware; Mark Sutton, Russell Garwood, Alan R.T. Spencer) Yes Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux Open source [160]
Microscopy Image Browser (MIB; Electron Microscopy Unit, University of Helsinki) Yes Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux [161]
Blender (Blender Foundation) Yes Microsoft Windows; macOS; Linux Open source; Postprocessing 3D Models, Surface visualisation [162]
Osirix (Pixmeo SARL) Yes, in lite version macOS