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3D ImageJ Suite

This “suite” provides plugins to enhance 3D capabilities of ImageJ.


Thomas Boudier email, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

With many contributions from J. Ollion, Laboratoire Jean Perrin, Paris, France.


This “suite” is composed of :

A 2D/3D spatial statistics plugin is also available.


From version 2.7, 3D ImageJ Suite is available in Fiji as an Fiji update site. The Java8 and ImageScience update sites must be activated in Fiji, see instructions here.

You can also install 3D ImageJ Suite manually and unzip it in your plugins folder. The various plugins will appear in the menu 3D of the plugins list. You have also to manually download and copy into your plugins directory the imagescience.jar library from here.


ImageJ 1.47 or later is required. Java3D is also required, check that 3D Viewer is working.

NEW From version 3.83 and later the new version 4.0.1 of 3D_Viewer is required (please remove the 3D_Viewer plugin provided by ImageJ and replace it by this version, just unzip the file in the plugins directory).

Java 1.8 or later is required. The imagescience library is required : download. Bundle :

Core library : mcib3d-core-3.96.jar

Plugins : mcib3d_plugins-3.96.jar

The ConvexHull3D plugin is required only for mesh measurements : quickhull jar

Sources are available on GitHub for core and plugins.


If you use the 3D suite for your publication please cite :

J. Ollion, J. Cochennec, F. Loll, C. Escudé, T. Boudier. (2013) TANGO: A Generic Tool for High-throughput 3D Image Analysis for Studying Nuclear Organization. Bioinformatics 2013 Jul 15;29(14):1840-1. doi


GPL distribution (see license). Sources available on Github (see Download)


The 3D suite would like to thanks the developers of the following plugins : Imagescience, LocalThickness, ConvexHull3D, 3D Object Counter, droplet and : P. Andrey, J.-F. Gilles.

Change Log

  • 25/09/2012 V2.0 : first version
  • 28/09/2012 V2.1 : corrected bug in display (Ellipsoid3D and RoiManager3D)
  • 12/10/2012 V2.2 : calibration bug fixed in spatial statistics
  • 22/10/2012 V2.3 : bug fixed for filters3D with 32-bits images
  • 29/10/2012 V2.3 : new macro functions for 3D Manager
  • 08/02/2013 V2.4 : new plugin MereoTopology 3D
  • 21/03/2013 V2.5 : new design for 3D Manager
  • 28/05/2013 V2.6 : bug fixes and improvements, new filters openGray and closeGray
  • 24/10/2013 V2.7 : new segmentation Iterative thresholding; check for required libraries at startup; 32-bits segmentation and labelling
  • 21/03/2014 V2.71: bug fix in Segment3D
  • 03/06/2014 V2.8 : new plugin shape analysis. Load/save objects with calibration.
  • 03/10/2014 V2.9 : new Results Tables for 3DManager
  • 21/11/2014 V3.0 : closest object in selection for 3D Manager. Macros functions to save results for 3D Manager
  • 27/04/2015 V3.1 : bug in colocalisation (rare objects configuration) + improved split + poles in ellipsoid fitting
  • 25/05/2015 V3.2 : improved watershed (especially for flat regions)
  • 05/06/2015 V3.3 : new function closeResults saveResults 3DManager + exclude on edges
  • 20/08/2015 V3.4 : redesigned Watershed, Record Iterative Thresholding, Quantification in 32-bits images with NaN values
  • 01/09/2015 V3.5 : compatibility with ImageScience 3.0
  • 07/12/2015 V3.6 : bug fixes, new edge and symmetry filters, sync between 3D Viewer select object and 3DManager
  • 02/03/2016 V3.7 : bug fixes, new plugin exclude objects on borders
  • 18/03/2016 V3.71: new plugin 3D Maxima Finder
  • 30/03/2016 V3.74: bug fixed in EDT
  • 04/07/2016 V3.82: compatibility with new version of 3D viewer, improvements and bug fixes
  • 22/08/2016 V3.83: New plugin Radial Distance Area Ratio (RDAR), Watershed improved
  • 10/04/2017 V3.9 : Display computing time and ETC for filters, new LooknFeel for Manager
  • 05/01/2018 V3.91: Bug fixes and improvements
  • 14/03/2018 V3.92: Bug fixes and improvements. New Roi3D overlay in 3DManager
  • 19/10/2018 V3.93: Bug fixes and improvements. New plugins MultiColoc, EVF radial analysis and density
  • 15/01/2019 V3.94: Bug fixes and improvements. 3D Manager interface improved.
  • 30/10/2019 V3.96: Bug fixes and improvements. New plugins distances and interactions.
plugin/stacks/3d_ij_suite/start.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/30 04:34 by tboudier

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