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Professional standard software for creating original vector-based graphics. Includes powerful drawing tools and brushes.

The ai file format is a common vector format for exchange and its feature set allows creation of complex vector artwork. Illustrator imports over two dozen formats (including PDF and SVG). Of particular use to data visualization is importation of SVG, or scalar vector graphics, which is an W3C recommendation, and is often exported from other programs.

Photoshop is a comprehensive photo editing tool produced by Adobe Systems. Users can manipulate photos, graphics, and other raster images using a variety of tools and predefined filters. Photoshop also allows users to record specific photo editing steps, which allows for automated batch processing. Photoshop is available as a stand-alone product, but is also part of Adobe's "Creative Suite" family of products.

ENVI is software for processing and analyzing geospatial imagery. ENVI handles hyperspectral, LiDAR, and other remotely sensed data sets easily with both wizard based approaches and allowing users to program operations. The main benefit of using ENVI is for the analysis and visualization of spectral and hyperpsectral data. Currently, ENVI is developing comprehensive GIS tools to integrate within the ESRI software family.

Gallery is a web-based image management system characterized as a "photo album organizer." Typical uses are to display collections of photographs on a web page. Index pages allow users to view small "thumbnail" versions of images, with the ability to zoom in to see images. Image upload capabilities and searching are also supported.

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GIMP is an open source and free alternative to Photoshop. It is intended for use with Raster graphics, and can be used for creating new images, retouching photographic images and converting files to different file types. Gimp supports most image file types as well as other graphical image manipulation program file types. It is also possible to create custom scripts to automate a variety of tasks.

Google Earth is a flexible mapping and display tool that is installed on a local computer, and accesses on-line data sources provided by Google. These data sources include aerial imagery at a variety of scales and additional data hosted by Google. The user needs to have internet access to view the data provided by Google. Once Google Earth is installed it allows the user to "zoom in" and view satellite and photographic images on any place in the world.

ImageJ is an open-source, Java-based image processing and display tool. It can read and write images in GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG, PGM, FITS, ASCII and TIFF formats. Editing capabilities include image enhancement (e.g., smoothing, sharpening, edge detection, median filtering and thresholding), image manipulation (e.g., crop, scale, resize, rotate and flip) and even analyses (e.g., area measurement, mean brightness, standard deviation, min and max brightness and measurement of lengths and angles).

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ImageMagick is a collection of command-line tools for manipulating image data. It is capable of working with over 100 different image formats and has interfaces that allow it to be used from within programs as well. Capabilities include the ability to resize, flip, mirror, rotate, distort, shear and transform images. You can also adjust image colors, apply various special effects, or draw text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves. It also can be used to mosaic or stack images.

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Interactive Data Language (IDL) is a high-level language for data manipulation, visualization and analysis. IDL has strong signal and image processing capabilities and extensive math and statistical functions. There is extensive web support with hundreds of freely available applications from a large userbase. IDL includes mapping tools and direct access to standard databases. The IDL development environment requires minimal programming skills.

MetaMorph is an industry standard image analysis suite and capture platform.

The MetaMorph software suite supports a wide array of microscopes, cameras, and precision stages used in bioresearch. The software provides acquisition, processing, and analysis features that allow researchers to build custom imaging systems for solving experimental problems in cellular imaging.

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PowerPoint is commercial presentation software that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. PowerPoint presentations consist of a number of individual pages or "slides". Slides may contain text, graphics, sound, animation, movies, and other objects. The presentation can be printed (with or without speaker notes), displayed or projected live by computer, or exported as an animated movie. Slides can also form the basis of webcasts.

The Outwit suite of Firefox extensions that allows you to harvest materials on the web. The suite currently includes Outwit Hub, Outwit Images, and Outwit Docs.

Photofiltre is a simple, free image editing application that offers the standard adjustment functions (Brightness, contrast, dyed, saturation, gamma correction), layers, and also artistic filters (watercolor, pastels, Indian ink, pointillism, puzzle effect). Photofiltre can also use Photoshop plug-ins.

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