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ImagesPLUS - ImagePlus Camera Control Software for Windows

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ImagesPlus 3 x32 and x64 image processing provides a comprehensize set of raw conversion, calibration, alignment, stacking, and enhancemnet functions for processing DSLR, one-shot color, and CCD image sets. The camera control version of ImagesPlus is described by ImagesPlus Camera Control capabilities.


Automated Image Set Processing



  • Automatically preprocess a set of light, flat, bias, and dark frames. Color image sets from a DSLR, Bayer color filter array image sets from a DSLR or one-chot color CCD, and monochrome CCD image sets can be processed.

  • Automatically raw convert, create master calibration frames, calibrate, and convert from Bayer color filter array format to color. Alignment and stacking are then completed with a couple of mouse clicks.

  • Select a set of light, flat, bias, and dark frames. DSLR, one-shot color CCD, and monochrome CCD, TIFF, FITS, JPEG, or BMP image formats are supported.

  • Based on the type of image files selected the following operation are totally automatic.Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Olympus, Pentax, Adobe DNG and other raw format raw conversion of all light, flat, bias, and dark frames.

    • Creation of master flat, bias, and dark frames. Flat frames are automatically converted to gray scale if processing a set of color or Bayer color filter array images from a DSLR or one-shot color CCD.

    • Light frame calibration. o Conversion to color if Bayer color filter array format is used.

    • The above operations are tracked using a process summary.

    • Alignment and stacking is then performed with a couple of mouse clicks.



  • Optional, crop, grade, resize, or apply a sequence of enhancement filters to the processed light frame set with a couple of clicks of the mouse.

  •  Unlimited Undo & Redo With Command Parameter Tracking

  • Unlimited undo & redo with process history tracking of changes to an image - one or all open images. 


AVI File Processing



  • Display and save selected image frames from the AVI file. Automatically grade, calibrate, align, and stack the AVI file.


Image File Set Operations



  • Complete preprocessing of a set of light, flat, bias and dark frames. Work with full color, raw Bayer color filter array, or monochrome CCD image sets. The following image set operations are performed in fast and efficient background processing threads.

    • Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Olympus, Pentax, Adobe DNG and other raw file conversion to 16 bit uncompressed TIFF or 16 bit lossless compressed FITS image format.

    • Calibrate a set of image files.

    • Apply a set of enhancement filters from the current open image or ImagesPLus project file to a set of image files.

    • Convert a set of image files from JPEG, BMP, FITS, SBIG, or 8/16 bit TIFF to JPEG, BMP, or 8/16 bit TIFF.

    • Convert a set of raw Bayer color filter array images from a Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Olympus, Pentax, SBIG, Starlight, and other one-shot color cameras to a set of color images. o Resize a set of image files.

    • Crop a set of image files about a fixed point or using auto find planet.

    • Quality grade a set of images file. Both manual and auto quality grading are available.

    • Automatically align a set of planetary image file to sub-pixel accuracy.

    • Translate, scale, and rotation alignment of a set of images.

    • Combine a set of image files using adaptive addition, addition, extended adition, graded average, average, median, minimum, maximum, excluded min/max average, sigma-clipped average, weighted median, sigma-clipped median, auto quality grade weighted average, normalized average, and normalized median. 




Multiresolution wavelet processing



  • Multiresolution smoothing and sharpening. Smooth or sharpen different detail levels independently. This operator can be applied to both color or monochrome images. 


Geometric Transforms



  • Flip images vertically or horizontally. Rotate images left or right by 90 degrees.

  • Center a single image or group of images.

  • Translate images

    • Select move from and move to points using the mouse or enter the x-y values.

    • Use fast translate buttons.

    • Translate images by fractional pixel amounts.



  • Scale images o Enter a scaling factor or new pixel dimensions.

    • Preserve the image aspect ratio or skew the image.

    • Scale an image by fractional amounts.



  • Rotate images

    • Select a center of rotation, rotate from and rotate to points using the mouse or enter the x-y values.

    • Rotate images by fractional degrees or radians.



  • Align color and monochrome images to fractional pixel accuracy

    • Select a point from each image, then translate a group of images to the common point.

    • Select a center of rotation and one point from each image, then rotate all images to the common point.

    • Select one point and translate a group of images to the common point using cross-correlation. Choose either fractional pixel or very fast within a pixel accuracy.

    • Select a center of rotation and a rotate to point, then rotate a group of images to the common point using cross-correlation.

    • Manually translate and rotate an image to match a reference image.

    • Variable display modes for checking the alignment of a group of images or accenting alignment error between images. This feature can be used to evaluate alignment error in a group of planetary disks.



  • Automatically align a group of planetary images. This operation can be applied to monochrome or color images.

  • Bin an image using addition, average, or median operations by 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, or 5x5 pixels. 


Point Functions



  • Star size and Halo reduction tool

    • Adjust red, green, and blue star size separately.



  • Image histograms

    • Monochrome or color images - Select red, green, blue, or monochrome channel histograms



  • Histogram statistics - Displays the histogram's average, standard deviation, median, and total number of pixels. For each histogram level the intensity range, percent, and number of pixels is displayed.

  • Cross-hair statistics

    • Monochrome or Color images - Select red, green, blue, or monochrome statistics.

    • Global image statistics - Image size, zoom %, minimum, maximum, average, median, standard deviation, entropy, symmetry

    • Local image statistics - Same as global statistics but calculated using a variable neighborhood centered on the mouse pointer



  • Star Shape statistics

    • Monochrome or Color images - Display red, green, blue, and luminance statistics.

    • Global image statistics - Calculate average star brightness, background level, FWHM, HFD, major axis, minor axis, eccentricity, stars detected, and stars used in average statistics o Local image statistics - Same as global statistics but calculated using a variable neighborhood centered on the mouse pointer



  • Line profiles

    • Horizontal, vertical, or line segments

    • Monochrome or color images - Select red, green, blue, or monochrome line profiles.

    • Profile statistics - Displays the position and value of the profile's maximum and minimum, profile average, and current position and intensity under the mouse pointer



  • Histogram modification

    • Modification types - Uniform, exponential, Rayleigh, hyperbolic, logarithmic

    • Adaptive or non adaptive modification - Adaptive modification can be cancelled since it is computationally intensive. This keeps the main interface responsive.



  • Background compensation

    • Gaussian - Select the position of the Gaussian background using the mouse, then adjust the background's brightness and width. Subtract the background from the image or display the background.

    • Planar - Calculate a planar approximation to the image through the image's maximum and minimum luminance. The maximum and minimum points are selected using the mouse. Subtract the weighted background from the image or display the background.



  • Pixel math

    • Add, subtract, multiply , or divide each pixel of an image by a constant. Specify a threshold max and min to apply the operation to a range of pixel values.



  • Image math

    • Single image operations - Log, natural log, square root, inverse

    • Two image operations - Add, subtract, multiply, divide, weighted or shifted subtraction, linear combinations, minimum, maximum



  • Add noise

    • Impulse noise - Variable frequency and amplitude

    • Additive noise - Choose uniform or normal with variable standard deviation

    • Multiplicative noise - Choose uniform or normal with variable standard deviation



  • Negative of an image


Local Neighborhood Functions



  • Smoothing and noise reduction o Non-adaptive filters - Box, binomial, and Gaussian filters with filter strength and grain reduction parameters.

    • Adaptive filters - Selected neighborhood, quantile, and variable local statistics



  • Edge detection

    • Standard edge extractors - One pixel, Sobel, Kirsch, Laplace, morphological

    • Variable edge extractors - Deriche, contra-harmonic



  • Sharpening and texture enhancement

    • Unsharp mask - Choose box, median, Gauss, binomial, or custom unsharp filters

    • Adaptive Unsharp mask - Choose selected neighborhood or quantile adaptive low-pass filters o Locally adaptive scaling - Emphasizes low contrast edges

    • Extreme value sharpening - Emphasizes low contrast image detail

    • Adaptive contrast - Variable increase or decrease of contrast

    • Statistical difference - Variable edge/background, gain, mean, and standard deviation factors. Offers a wide range of enhancement control for both smoothing and sharpening.



  • Region growing and approximation

    • Iterative concavity filling of bright and dark regions o Region growing

    • Mode enhancement



  • Rank order filters

    • Non-adaptive - Median, max/min - median, contrast stretching, unsharp mask, rank selection



  • Adaptive - Anisotropy controlled extreme value sharpening and smoothing, variable rank selection using minimum or maximum, absolute difference, K-nearest neighbor

  • Variations - Iterative erosion and dilation with alternating neighborhoods, non-adaptive 3x3 L-filter

  • Line enhancement and suppression

    • Suppress horizontal and vertical lines

    • Enhance light and dark lines



  • Custom filters

    • Create low-pass, high-pass, gradient, outlier, and other filters in sizes from 3x3 to 9x9. Custom filters can be saved to disk. 




Calibrate Images



  • Auto dark frame matching using color or raw Bayer color filter array image data format.

  • Create system level flat, bias, and dark frames and save them to disk.

  • Quickly calibrate one or all open images using system frames.

  • Calibrate a folder of image files.

  • Create monochrome or color flat, bias, and dark frames.

  • Adaptive dark frame algorithm allows dark calibration of a set of images without the usual black holes or other artifacts created by using normal dark frame subtraction.


Color Processing



  • Process raw Bayer color filter array image data.

    • Convert raw Bayer color filter array image data into a color image.

    • Split a Bayer color filter array image into red, green, and blue components.

    • Apply filters to the Bayer red, green, or blue components.

    • Combine red, green, and blue Bayer color filter array components into a Bayer color filter array image.

    • All Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Olympus, Pentax, Adobe DNG and other raw formats along with SBIG, Starlight, SAC-10C, Orion StarShoot, and Meade Color DSI formats are supported.



  • Automatically sort and combine RGB(L), CMY(L) components into tri-color images

    • For each component group choose the combination method from add, average, median, or maximum.



  • Combine RGB(L), CMY(L), and HSL components into tri-color images

    • Image alignment is an option and is very simple. Any alignment or processing operation can be performed on the components before and after the initial combination. Simply click the Apply button on the Combine Images dialog box to repaint the combination image from its updated components.



  • Split tri-color images into RGB(L), CMY(L), and HSL components

    • The components can be pasted to a layered image. Quick setup for alignment or processing of color channels separately.



  • Mix color channels

    • Interpret a single channel image as red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, hue, saturation, or gray.



  • Mix the channels of a color image. Replace one color channel with a linear combination of the color channels or with a copy, maximum, minimum, average, or addition of the channels. Quickly replace a noisy green channel with an average of the red and blue channels.

  • Adjust color saturation and brightness

    • Adjust the saturation of red, green, or blue separately using the mouse. Shift a color to gray or to completely saturated.

    • Adjust the brightness of an image using the mouse. Scale each color channel by the same factor.



  • Adjust each color hue separately

    • Adjust red, green, or blue hues separately using the mouse. Shift red to green or blue, green to red or blue, and blue to red or green.



  • Adjust RGB color balance by adding or subtracting from the red, green, and blue levels.

    • Adjust RGB color channels separately using the mouse. Apply to dark, midtone, or light regions of an image.



  • Adjust RGB color balance by scaling the red, green, and blue levels.

    • Adjust RGB color channels separately using the mouse. Apply to dark, midtone, or light regions of an image.



  • Adjust Brightness & Contrast

    • Adjust RGB color channels separately using the mouse.



  • Background, contrast, and stretching

    • Variable background and white values which can also be selected with the mouse or use auto

    • Variable power and point of inflection

    • Stretch type can be linear, logarithmic, exponential, or s-shaped

    • Can be used with monochrome or color images. For color images you can process the RGB channels together or separately.



  • Brightness Levels o Use a histogram and S-shaped transfer curve to set the black, midtone, and white levels of a color or monochrome image.

    • Can be used with monochrome or color images. For color images you can process the RGB channels together or separately.



  • Brightness Curves

    • Use the mouse to draw a transfer curve. Select points on the transfer curve from an image using the mouse. Allows very specific brightness stretching of an image.

    • Can be used with monochrome or color images. For color images you can process the RGB channels together or separately.



  • Full digital development implementation

    • Variable background and break point which can also be selected with the mouse

    • Can be used with monochrome or color images. For color images you can process the RGB chanels together or separately.

    • Edge-color emphasis low-pass filters - None, soft, medium, hard, hard plus, and custom

    • Color emphasis - Divide any channel by any channel or by luminance.



  • Luminance & Gamma control

    • Adjust luminance by adjusting the RGB color channels separately.




Restoration



  • Select or define custom point spread functions

    • Select the point spread function from an image.

    • Define the point spread function by entering values or by editing one read from the disk.

    • Save custom point spread functions to disk in sizes of 3x3 to 9x9.



  • Van Cittert

    • For images with high signal to noise ratios. This restoration method can bring out very fine detail.

    • Can be applied to color or monochrome images.

    • Point spread functions - Choose box, Gauss, binomial, or custom function.

    • Iterative restoration process - Can be canceled and does not lock the main interface



  • Richardson-Lucy

    • For images with moderate signal to noise ratio. A softer restoration method than Van Cittert, with better resistance to noise

    • Can be applied to color or monochrome images.

    • Point spread functions - Choose box, Gauss, binomial, or custom function.

    • Iterative restoration process - Can be canceled and does not lock the main interface



  • Adaptive Richardson-Lucy with noise amplification control

    • Variable noise threshold greatly reduces or eliminates the speckled appearance caused by over fitting the observed data to noise.

    • Can be applied to color or monochrome images.

    • Point spread functions - Choose box, Gauss, binomial, or custom function.

    • Iterative restoration process - Can be canceled and does not lock the main interface * One-step gradient

    • Similar to the Van Cittert method but produces a smoother restored image.

    • Can be applied to color or monochrome images.

    • Point spread functions - Choose box, Gauss, binomial, or custom function.

    • Iterative restoration process - Can be canceled and does not lock the main interface Modeling



  • Time sequence of images

    • Blink or animate a sequence of images




Image Editing



  • Unlimited undo & redo with process history tracking of changes to an image - one or all open images. Compose mosaics and align images using layers.

    • Combine and align color and monochrome images using adaptive addition, addition, subtraction, average, median, minimum, maximum, and transparency mode.

    • Clip or automatically scale the sum of a group of images to prevent pixel overflow. This feature is used to prevent an overexposed galaxy or cluster center when adding several images to increase the total exposure time.



  • Copy, cut, paste, or delete a portion of an image.

  • Change the canvas size of an image.

    • Add, delete, or overwrite pixels from any side of the image.



  • Edit image pixels by color.

  • Edit image pixels by intensity value. 


Image Display



  • Track image processing history. Display image properties.

  • Zoom - ultra fast - one or all open images.

  • Quickly duplicate images at different scales.

  • Choose any of several modes in the flexible image buffer architecture to display your image changes: accumulate, preview, compare, or new. 


System Level Operation



  • Use lossless compressed 16 bit color or monochrome FITS format to save 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of disk space as compared to the same image in 16 bit uncompressed TIFF format. Enhancement filters applied to an image are tracked by the unlimited undo and redo capability of the Process History window. Filter parameters can be modified, copied, applied to different open images, and saved in a project file. A project file can be loaded at a later time to restore the enhancement sequence. Commands from the current active open image or project file can be applied to a set of image files in a background process.

  • New RGB, R, G, and B toolbar buttons make it simple to apply a filter to all color channels or just a single channel.

  • Supports large format cameras - 1530x1020, 2000x2000, 3072x2048, 4064x2704, and larger 16-bit color TIFF, JPEG, BMP, and FITS images. Practical limits are set only by the amount of available RAM, processor, hard drive, and bus speed. All operations and functions are designed from the ground up to work with either color or monochrome FITS images. Color images do not need to be split before applying an operation.

  • Enable or disable auto stretch before a newly opened window is displayed.

  • Auto scale an image to match your screen resolution or set a default scale.

  • Quickly open, align, and combine a group of images.

  • Choose any of several modes in the flexible image buffer architecture to display your image changes: accumulate, preview, compare, or new.

  • Use several image processing dialog boxes simultaneously without always going to the menu.

  • Most image processing dialog boxes have a To All Images check box so that the operation can be applied to a single image or all displayed images.

  • Cancel iterative and long processes, keeping the main interface responsive.

  • Use all appropriate operations on single channel & color images.

  • Batch mode conversion of SBIG image format to FITS format.

  • Read and write 24-bit Windows BMP images.

  • Read and write 8, 16, and 32 bit integer or 32 bit float RAW images with one or 3 color channels. Interleaved or non-interleaved channels are also an option.

  • Read and write 8, 16, and 32 bit integer or 32 bit float and 64 bit double FITS image formats.

  • Add, change, and delete FITS header keys.

  • Read and write 8 and 16 bit monochrome and 3 channel RGB uncompressed TIFF image formats.

  • Read and write 8 bit monochrome and 3 channel RGB JPEG image formats with a variable user selected compression quality.

  • Convert Canon, Nikon and other SLR raw files to JPEG, color FITS, or 8/16 bit linear TIFF.

  • Convert Starlight SXV-H9c, SXV-M25, M8C, SAC-10C, and SBIG ST-2000CXM raw files to 16-bit color tif. 


System Requirements for processing a group of 50 or more 4064 x 2704 16-bit color TIFF, FITS, or larger images.



  • Any 32 or 64 bit Windows operating system. Windows 2000, XP Professional, Vista x32, or Vista x64 preferred. Highly multi-threaed to take full advantage of dual core, quad core, and multiple processor computers.

  • Screen resolution of at least 1024x768 is recommended

  • Minimum of 256-512 MB of RAM

  • Minimum Pentium 3 or 4 processor

  • Mouse is required

  • True color (24 bit) or better

Additional Information

Name ImagesPLUS - ImagePlus Camera Control Software for Windows
Manufacturer ImagesPLUS
Model ip_software_30