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Imaging Tools and Resources

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The following links are resources that may be useful for creating and editing scientific images and communications. Although many great resources are listed here, it's presence on this site does not imply official endorsement or support by Research Imaging Solutions, HMS Information Technology Department or Harvard University Information Systems.

Mac Only

GraphicConverter: This shareware is a powerful, inexpensive alternative to Photoshop

NIH Image: National Institutes of Health freeware for image processing and analysis

Cross Platform

GIMP: A free, open source photo retouching, image composition and image authoring application that works on Macs, PCs, and UNIX operating systems. GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.

ImageJ: National Institutes of Health's flexible freeware for image processing and analysis in Java. Runs on Linux! Macs! Windows!

OpenOffice: A free, open source office productivity application. It includes key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program. Functions on Windows (98 - Vista), GNU/Linux ("Linux"), Sun Solaris, Mac OS X (under X11), and FreeBSD

Scribus: an open-source program that brings professional page layout capabilities to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout.

Adobe Reader: Freeware for reading PDF documents (not editing or creating)

RealPlayer: Download and share videos - pay to play

VLC: Play, edit & format conversion for videos

Shockwave: Adobe's freeware to view interactive animation

Flash Player: Adobe's freeware to view flash animation

Folding@Home: Folding@Home is a distributed computing project which studies protein folding, misfolding, aggregation, and related diseases. Stanford University uses novel computational methods and large scale distributed computing, to simulate timescales thousands to millions of times longer than previously achieved. This has allowed them to simulate folding for the first time, and to now direct their approach to examine folding related disease.

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Software Help

Adobe Products

Microsoft Products on PCs

Microsoft Products on Macs

ACD Canvas (formerly Deneba Canvas)

Hardware Help

In addition to Location Specific Guides for local imaging hardware option, you can visit these web sites:

UMAX Flatbed Scanners

Hewlett-Packard Flatbed Scanners

Epson Flatbed Scanners and Photo Quality Inkjet Printers

Microtek Flatbed Scanners

Other Local Resources

Graphics and Imaging News

By signing up to get the Research Imaging Solutions Newsletter you will get an eLetter that contains seminar and class schedules, cool software tips and important updates. It's infrequent and minimally intrusive, so it won't clutter up your mailbox.

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Wait! If this isn't enough, there's more help with digital imaging

Digital Photography Tutorials by Sean McHugh: Scientist / Photographer Sean McHugh provides easy-to-understand information on acquiring and processing digital images. Check out his wonderful portfolio.

Scan Tips: Scanning- everything you need to know.

Planet PDF: PDFs and Acrobat aren't very user friendly. Planet PDF will get you through the rough spots

Mike's SketchPad: Mike's SketchPad gives tutorials and tricks for Photoshop, Canvas, Corel, Quark, Illustrator, FreeHand, Animation... and more!


Help Buying Equipment

Pointers and reviews on purchasing imaging equipment

cnet: Our first stop when looking for equipment: reviews, tutorials and price searches.

Digital Photography Review: Reviews the latest camera equipment for digital photography. Has an excellent 'wizard' for determining exactly what camera is best for your needs

Digital Camera Resource: The DCRP is designed to be an unofficial resource for current and future owners of digital cameras. It is aimed more towards the consumer end, rather than the high end user.

Wilhelm Imaging Research: Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. conducts research on the stability and preservation of traditional and digital color photographs and motion pictures. The company publishes brand name-specific permanence data for desktop and large-format inkjet printers and other digital printing devices. Wilhelm Imaging Research also provides consulting services to museums, archives, and commercial collections on sub-zero cold storage for the very long term preservation of still photographs and motion pictures.

Steve's DigiCams: Reviews and specification sheets on cameras, printers and digital imaging accessories

Harvard University's University Information Systems: Hardware and software discounts.

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