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Volume image object AnNOtation System

VANO is a Volume image object AnNOtation System for 3D multicolor image stacks, developed by Hanchuan Peng, Fuhui Long, and Gene Myers. VANO provides a well-coordinated way to annotate hundreds or thousands of 3D image objects. It combines 3D views of images and spread sheet neatly, and is just easy to manage 3D segmented image objects. It also lets you incorporate your segmentation priors, and lets you edit your segmentation results! This system has been used in building the first digital nuclei atlases of C. elegans at the post-embryonic stage (joint work with Stuart Kim lab, Stanford Univ), the single-neuron level fruit fly neuronal atlas of late embryos (with Chris Doe lab, Univ of Oregon, HHMI), and the compartment-level of digital map(s) of adult fruit fly brains (several labs at Janelia Farm, HHMI). VANO is cross-platform software. Currently the downloadable versions are for Windows (XP and Vista) and Mac (Intel-chip based, Leopard or Tiger OS). If you need VANO for different systems (such as 64bit or 32bit, Redhat Linux, Ubuntu, etc), you can either compile the software, or send an email to pengh (at) janelia.hhmi.org. VANO is Open-Source. You can download both the source code files and pre-complied versions at the Software Downloads page.

URL: http://vano.cellexplorer.org/

Resource ID: nif-0000-32984     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


embryo, fruit fly, 3d, annotation, atlas, brain, neuron, neuronal, object, segmentation, software, image, nucleus, cell

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d visualization software, image processing software, source code



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PMID: 23578051




VANO - Volume image object AnNOtation System, Volume-object annotation system (VANO)

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