A set of prospective ImageJ plugins is maintained by the group for 3D-Microscopy, Analysis and Modelling of the Laboratory for Concrete and Construction Chemistry at Empa. The plugins include automated imaging tools for filtering, data reconstruction, quantitative data evaluation and data import, as well tools for interactive segmentation, visualization and management of image data.
Since the research focus of our group is on 3D imaging, all of our plugins are able to deal with either 2D or 3D image data. 3D image data in ImageJ is represented by image stacks. 3D processing may include slice-wise 2D processing of all images in the stack or, more important, true 3D processing.
Each one of the new plugins includes a help button where general remarks about the functionality and a description of the parameters are provided. This feature does not correspond with the ImageJ philosophy assuming the help documentation to be available on the internet. However, we consider the help button as a handy feature.
The user might be surprised to realize that some of the tools apparently are already existing in other plugins of ImageJ or Fiji. Those tools are for instance FFT, Image Calculator, Distance Transform and others. The reason for this apparent re-duplication is that the original tools incorporate major restrictions which are eliminated in the newplugins. Each one of the available tools and its advantage is shortly being presented below.