A programming environment for the development of modular 3D biomedical image processing applications

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this publication: http://hdl.handle.net/1926/210
ImageLib is a free object-oriented development environment destined to biomedical image processing. The software package contains a programming library (C++ language) and an MDI user interface (kernel). The major interest is to allow the creation of fully modular applications. Both user processing functions and image read/write facilities are separately compiled as DLLs, and the resulting plugin objects are dynamically imported into the kernel. The library provides all the required wrapping material to incorporate all find of image processing functions into user-written components. A rapid prototyping application is provided to communicate with the kernel communication interface. No graphics programming skills is required to manage advanced user interactions, image display (e.g. OpenGL), and generic image processing functions based on C++ templates. The component-oriented software architecture makes it possible to share image processing and handling resources for light Windows processing applications.
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minus Doesn\'t quite fit the open science model by David Holmes on 09-05-2006 for revision #2
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Summary:
The authors describe ImageLib which is both a development platform and GUI application. The application includes basic image manipluation tools and the plug-in interface allows for including custom processing algorithms. The text describes both the application and the plug-in interface. The paper concludes by stating "Neither the library code nor processing plug-in are publicly available on the website for now, but it remains possible to obtain some of them by contacting the authors."

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N/A. This is a straightforward description of the application and plug-in interface at a high level.

Evidence:
N/A. I suppose that the evidence is the application that is included with the submission.

Open Science:
This really doesn't fit the open science model. The methods described are proprietary to the Borland compiler and the code is not available. However, the interface between the application and plug-ins is open, therefore, allowing users of the package to build custom, open plug-ins. Indeed, this model is exactly the same used by Kitware for VolView. The plug-in architecture is open, so that some aspects of the work could be published openly much like ITK plugs into VolView. Nonetheless, one might be concerned about how the application could manipulate the data before and after the application calls the plug-in. This aspect of the work could not be evaluated openly.

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Use of Open Source Software:
There is no discussion of (or implication of) the use of open source software. In addition, it appears that the application is proprietary to the Borland compiler. This is not a big issue given that the code is not readily available, but it does imply that the code would be very proprietary if it were available.

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plus Extendable, non-open source image-processing environment requiring Borland C++ Builder by Ivo Wolf on 08-22-2006 for revision #1
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plus Reviewing by Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Florido on 07-21-2006 for revision #1
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