Glencoe Software releases file translation tool and data management platform updates

Bio-Formats, an image file translation tool, and OMERO, an image data management platform, both from Glencoe Software, Inc. (Seattle, WA), are available with important updates. Bio-Formats 4.2.1 now supports over 100 image file formats, including the PerkinElmer Densitometer format and proprietary versions of TIFF. In OMERO Beta4.2.1, Glencoe has improved deletion speed of very large datasets, and released a series of improvements to the OMERO.web application.



Glencoe Software and the Open Microscopy Environment Release New Versions of the Pioneering Software, Bio-Formats and OMERO for Scientists

SEATTLE, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Glencoe Software, Inc., a leading provider of image data management tools for life science and biopharmaceutical research, and a member of the Open Microscopy Environment Consortium, is pleased to announce the next release of its flagship software packages, Bio-Formats, the world-leading image file translation tool, and OMERO, its image data management platform. These new versions include many important updates. Bio-Formats 4.2.1 now supports over 100 image file formats - newly supported formats include the PerkinElmer Densitometer format and a number of proprietary versions of TIFF. In OMERO Beta4.2.1, the speed of deleting very large datasets has been substantially improved and a series of improvements to the OMERO.web application have been released. The combined enhancements focus on productivity and performance within diverse workflow environments that require flexible interaction with other software platforms, collaborative interaction and careful cataloging control and management of scientific image-assets. 

Jason Swedlow, President of Glencoe Software, Inc., and co-founder of OME, said, "OME and Glencoe Software are excited about this latest release. Bio-Formats and OMERO are used globally by the scientific community, and we were determined to rapidly release these new facilities to enhance the experience of our user base where it counts. OME's infrastructure has many possible applications, and we are proud of our ongoing contributions that enable access and sharing of critical original image data in research."

The new releases represent the last major release of the 2010 calendar year. Swedlow said, "Our work will now focus on support of very large images, and the further enhancement of our OMERO.fs filesystem access technology. We are very excited about this work and look forward to hearing feedback from our user community." The OMERO.fs filesystem access technology streamlines image data handling from microscope acquisition to final storage and archiving - reducing image data volumes and redundancy in centralized database management decisions.

Glencoe Software, Inc. ( is a part of the Open Microscopy Environment Consortium ( and provides commercial access and customization of OME resources. For more information, contact Glencoe Software, Inc. is registered in the State of Washington, USA.


Posted by Lee Mather

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