Imaris Reference Manual
The software is delivered on a standard CD or downloaded from www.bitplane.com. The CD includes a
folder containing the necessary manuals, or the manuals can be downloaded.
Minimum hardware/software requirements are:
Windows NT 4.0, or a more recent version, Windows 2000 or XP
Graphics card with 3D accelerator
Network facilities for image import from the microscope
512 MB RAM (> 1 GB recommended)
Bitplane also recommends:
A database for storing images (e.g., Image Access)
To install the software, please proceed as follows:
Insert your Imaris CD-Rom in the computer.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
The installation is completed automatically.
To run the Imaris system, the appropriate licenses for the required modules, such as the Imaris base
(including Surpass), ImarisTime, ImarisColoc, ImarisMeasurementPro, or Topography. Without licenses, the
Imaris can only be run in a restricted mode. In case of any license problems, please refer to the support
information on our website www.bitplane.com for detailed instructions.
Imaris can be started by one of the following methods:
Double-click on the Imaris icon (we recommend copying the icon to the desktop).
Drag the icon of an image or a file to the Imaris program icon.
Imaris can be started directly from the Image Access database.
The software opens with the main screen.
Imaris (as of version 6.0.0) can read the following file formats, i.e. it can read the image and the parameters.
Andor: Multi-TIFF series (*.tif, *.tiff)
Applied Precision, Inc: DeltaVision (*.i3d, *.dv)
Biorad: MRC-600, MRC-1024 (*.pic)
BioVision: IPLab Mac (*.ipm)
Bitplane: Imaris 5.5 (*.ims)
Bitplane: Imaris 3.0 (*.ims)
Bitplane: Imaris 2.7 Classic/Old (*.ims)
Bitplane: Imaris Scene File (*.imx)
Carl Zeiss: LSM 510 (*.lsm)
Carl Zeiss: LSM 410, LSM 310 (*.tif, *.tiff)
Carl Zeiss: Axiovision (*.zvi)
Image Cytometry Standard: ICS - used by Nikon, Huygens, and others (*.ics, *.ids)
Leica: TCS-NT (*.tif, *.tiff)