ImagesPlus 5.75(a) x32 and x64 Images Processing Features

ImagesPlus 5.75 x32 and x64 image processing for XP and Vista. ImagesPlus 5.75a for Win 7 x32, x64, and later is a complete set 32 bit floating point raw conversion, calibration, alignment, stacking, and enhancement functions for processing DSLR, one-shot color, and CCD image sets. All stretch, smoothing, sharpening, deconvolution, and color adjustment functions can be used with 32 bit floating point blend mode, opacity, layers, masks, and mask creation tools. Detailed image processing tutorials are available online.

The camera control version of ImagesPlus is described by ImagesPlus Camera Control capabilities.

 

Image Processing Functions

  • ImagesPlus 5.75(a) is compilied and optimized for 32 and 64 bit multiple processor computers.
    • All available processors are used in parallel when performing image processing operations from stacking through enhancement.
    • ImagesPlus x32 and x64 are both highly multi-threaded and use multi-core in parallel to take full advantage of dual core, quad core, or multiple processor computers.
  • ImagesPlus 5.75a x64 on Win 7 x64, Win 8 x64, Win 8.1 x64 or later has some functions GPU accelerated. See ImagesPlus GPU Acceleration System Requirements, Use, and Current Function List for details.

  • 32 Bit Floating Point Blend Modes, Opacity, Mask, Layers, & Mask Tools Enabled for all Stretch, Smooth, Sharpen, Deconvolution, & Color Adjustment Tools

  • Images Set Operations - Performed in Fast & Efficient Background Processing Threads

    • Automated Image Set Processing
      • Auto dark frame matching for DSLR image sets.
      • Automatically preprocess a set of light, flat, flat dark, bias, and dark frames from DSLR, one-shot color, and mono CCD cameras.
      • 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, flat dark, 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.
        • 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.
    • All Canon CR2, CRW, and Nikon NEF DSLR raw formats along with Pentax, Olympus, Kodak, and Adobe DNG raw formats are supported.
    • 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.
    • Bayer Basic Raw conversion for DSLR raw formats.Convert DSLR raw files to Bayer format without white balance and scaling. Useful when doing read noise & gain calculations and precise dark, flat, and bias calibration.
    • Calibrate a set of image files.
    • Automatic adaptive high and low pixel removal during calibration.
    • 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.
    • Resize a set of image files.
    • Crop a set of image files about a fixed point or using auto find planet.
    • Normalize Files Equalize brightness, contrast, or range for improved grading, alignment, and stacking.
    • Blink Files Visually compare, evaluate, and exclude problem images from a set. Integrated into auto image set processing.
    • Quality grade a set of images file. Both manual and auto quality grading are available. Star shape and size or edge sharpness grading.
    • Auto Grade Files Star shape (eccentricity) & size (focus) or edge sharpness quality grading.
    • Align a Set Of Files
      • Auto star alignment with automatic meridian and mirror flip.
      • Multi-point alignment and combination for stacking a mix of color and monochrome images from different scopes, DSLR, OSC, and mono CCD cameras. A mosaic option is also available.
      • Automatically align a set of planetary image file to sub-pixel accuracy.
      • Translate, scale, and rotation alignment of a set of images with mosaic mode. Auto star align with meridian flip.
    • 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. li>High Dynamic Range (HDR) Combination
    • Read noise and Gain calcualtor. Use two flat and two bias frames from a DSLR, OSC CCD, and CCD to compute read noise and gain.


  • Stretch Functions

  • Smoothing & Noise Reduction Functions

    • All smoothing functions can be used with 32 bit floating point blend modes, opacity, and masks with either the unlimited undo and redo Process History layers or Combine Images & Mosaic Layers.
    • Smoothing tools with feather and luminance range options.
    • Multiresolution wavelet smoothing. Smooth different detail levels independently.
    • Non-adaptive filters - Box, binomial, and Gaussian filters with filter strength and grain reduction parameters.
    • Edge preserving adaptive smoothing filters - Selected neighborhood, quantile, and variable local statistics.
    • Iterative background smoothing and star size reduction.
    • Iterative erosion and dilation with alternating neighborhoods.
    • Local mouse controlled smoothing, sharpening, clone, column, and defect removal tool.
    • Color & Monochrome Clone Tool - Removing Dust Spots & Bad Pixels
    • Bad Pixel & Column Fix - Single Image or Batch Mode
    • High and low pixel removal tool.


  • Sharpening & Texture Enhancement Functions

    • All sharpening functions can be used with 32 bit floating point blend modes, opacity, and masks with either the unlimited undo and redo Process History layers or Combine Images & Mosaic Layers.
    • Multiresolution wavelet sharpening. Sharpen different detail levels independently.
    • Unsharp mask - Choose box, median, Gauss, binomial, or custom unsharp filters
    • Adaptive Unsharp mask - Choose selected neighborhood or quantile adaptive low-pass filters
    • 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.
    • Local mouse controlled smoothing, sharpening, clone, column, and defect removal tool.
    • Edge detection
      • Standard edge extractors - One pixel, Sobel, Kirsch, Laplace, morphological
      • Variable edge extractors - Deriche, contra-harmonic
    • 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.


  • Deconvolution & Restoration Functions

    • All deconvolution functions can be used with 32 bit floating point blend modes, opacity, and masks with either the unlimited undo and redo Process History layers or Combine Images & Mosaic Layers.
    • Sharpening & deconvolution tools with reduce artifacts, luminance range, and feather options.
    • 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


  • Flatten Background & Color Adjustment Functions

  • Split & Combine Color Image Tools

    • Combine LRGB, narrow band, LCMY, and HSL components into tri-color images.
    • Split tri-color images into LRGB, LCMY, and HSL components
    • Split and Combine Bayer format images into red, green, and blue components.
    • 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.


    • Mix LRGB & Hue Tool - Mix color and monochrome LRGB and narrow band images with weight factors. Assign image data to any hue.
    • Combine Images & Mosaic layer tool for multiple luminance layering, build an image form different exposure layers, and blending H-alpha with color. 32 bit blend mode, opacity, and mask enabled.


  • Special Functions

    • Star size and Halo reduction tool with optional star mask. Adjust red, green, and blue star size separately.
    • Iterative star size reduction tool with optional star mask.
    • Bloom Tool Removes bloom, high, and low pixels from an open image or using auto image set processing.
    • Edit image pixels by color.
    • Edit image pixels by intensity value.

    • 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


  • Geometric Operations

    • Change the size of an image. Add, delete, or overwrite pixels from any side of the image.
    • 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
      • 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.
    • Automatic alignment of a set of planetary images. This operation can be applied to monochrome or color images.
    • Automatic star alignment of a set of deep sky. 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.


  • Images Statistc Functions

    • Using the 8-16 Bit Histogram with Scroll, Zoom, and Filter Interval
      • 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
      • 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
    • Blink a set of images.


  • MOV, SER, SID, & AVI Video Processing

    • Display and save selected image frames from AVI, SER, and SID files.
    • Automatic grade, calibrate, align, and stack AVI, SER, and SID files.
    • SID video files are uncompressed 24 bit per pixel 928 x 616 color frames saved at 24-28 frames per second using ImagesPlus 4.50 or later camera control with a Canon live view DSLR.
    • Convert MOV video files to SID files for processing.


  • Image & Video File Formats

    • BMP and JPEG image format.
    • Uncompressed 8 and 16 int and 32 bit floating point Tiff format.
    • Color and mono 8, 16 and 32 bit int, float, and double-precision FITS format.
    • Use native SBIG .st2K, .st4K, .SBIG, st7, ... files without conversion to FITS.
    • Photoshop 32 bit HDR/TIFF format

    • Canon MOV, SID, SER, video files.
    • AVI 2.0 format - Up to at least 127GB color or monochrome AVI files from Image Source, Point Grey, or DSLR MOV files converted to uncompressed RGB 24.


  • System Requirements

      Windows 7, 8, 8.1 x32 and x64
      • ImagesPlus 5.75a x32 and x64 is for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 x32 or x64.
      • ImagesPlus 5.75a x64 is preferred since it has GPU acceleration of some functions, runs faster overall, and can handle more data than ImagesPlus 5.75a x32.
      • DirectX 11 compatible video card is required with ImagesPlus 5.75a x64 to enable GPU acceleration. See ImagesPlus GPU Acceleration System Requirements, Use, and Current Function List for details.
      • i5 or i7 CPU to take advantage of multi-threaded and parallel multi-core code.
      • For speed 4GB - 12GB RAM and solid state system drive is recommended.
      • Screen resolution of at least 1280x800 with 1920 x 1080 preferred.
      • Mouse is required
      • True color (24 bit) or better


      Windows XP and Vista x32 and x64
      • ImagesPlus 5.75 x32 and x64 is for Windows XP and Vista x32 and x64.
      • Multiple processor to take advantage of multi-threaded and parallel multi-core code.
      • Minimum screen resolution of at least 1280x800 with larger preferred.
      • Minimum Pentium 3 or 4 processor with 512MB RAM or more.
      • Mouse is required
      • True color (24 bit) or better
       

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