UTHSCSA ImageTool is a free image processing and analysis program for Windows 9x, Windows ME, and Windows NT. ImageTool can acquire, display, edit, analyze, process, compress, save, and print grayscale and color images. ImageTool can read and write over 22 common file formats including BMP, PCX, TIF, GIF, and JPEG. Image analysis functions include dimensional (distance, angle, perimeter, area) and grayscale measurements (point, line, and area histogram with statistics). ImageTool supports standard image processing functions such as contrast manipulation, sharpening, smoothing, edge detection, median filtering, and spatial convolutions with user-defined convolution masks. It also had built-in scripting capabilities that allow the use to record repetitive tasks and playback saved scripts to automate image analysis.
ImageTool was designed with an open architecture that provides extensibility via a variety of plug-ins. Support for image acquisition using either Adobe Photoshop plug-ins or Twain scanner is built-in. Custom analysis and processing plug-ins can be developed using the software development kit (SDK) provided. This approach makes it possible to solve almost any data acquisition or analysis problem with ImageTool.
ImageTool now has a complete scripting language built into the application. This provides access to over 200 image processing and analysis functions in ImageTool. This allows not only automation of repetitive tasks but extension of the program without the need for a compiler and additional language expertise.
ImageTool provides for geometric transformations such as rotate, flip vertical, flip horizontal, and magnification of up to four levels. All analysis and processing functions are available at any magnification factor. The program is a multiple document interface (MDI) application supporting any number of windows (images) simultaneously.
Spatial calibration is available to indicate real world dimensional measurements such as millimeters, microns, feet, miles, etc. for linear and area. Density or grayscale calibration can be done relative to radiation or optical density (OD) standards.
ImageTool now provides for image annotation with text, arrows, rectangles, ellipses, and polygons.
ImageTool was written using Borland’s C++ version 5.0.2, and the source code for the executable is available free of charge. ImageTool was developed in the Dental Diagnostic Science Department at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. The program was developed by C. Donald Wilcox, S. Brent Dove, W. Doss McDavid, and David B. Greer.
ImageTool is in final release 3.0. We would appreciate any bug reports and suggestions to improve ImageTool as a tool for imaging research. Bugs will be fixed and improvements made as time permits. This release includes many suggestions from our users as well as a number of bug fixes. It includes an extensive scripting language that provides for automation of ImageTool. In addition, we have added the Adobe Photoshop processing plug-in interface. With the inclusion of this interface, ImageTool now provides a much wider selection of image processing routines using the Image Processing Tool Kit, developed by Chris Russ and John Russ. In addition, version 3.0 supports the CEMIAS Toolkit for morphometric analysis of bacterial cells.
This version of the software is intended to be the final release of version 3.0. We hope that we have addressed the problems you may have experienced with version 2.0 beta and 1.27.
- Intel 80486 processor of higher
- 8MB or higher RAM
- Display system capable of 256 color or more
- Microsoft Windows 9x or Microsoft Windows NT Operating System
ImageTool supports any monitor, flatbed scanner, film scanners, graphic tablets, or other input devices which are compatible by the Microsoft operating system. Any print device which is Microsoft Windows compatible is supported.
The authors would like to thank the following individuals for their support and contributions to this project:
Stephen R. Matteson, Pirkka Nummikoski, Robert P. Langlais, Tom Deahl, Olaf Langland, Stella DeVoise, Peg Campbell, Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, and John P. Howe.