Bio-Formats is a standalone Java library for reading and writing life sciences image file formats. It is capable of parsing both pixels and metadata for a large number of formats, as well as writing to several formats.
Bio-Formats' primary purpose is to convert proprietary microscopy data into an open standard called the OME data model, particularly into the OME-TIFF file format. See the statement of purpose for a thorough explanation and rationale.
Bio-Formats supports more than a hundred file formats.
Many software packages use Bio-Formats to read and write microscopy formats.
You can use Bio-Formats to easily support these formats in your software.
For more information, see the Bio-Formats web site.
Pull request testing
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- verify that the branch merges cleanly into
- verify that the branch compiles with the
clean jars toolsAnt targets
- verify that the branch compiles using Maven
- verify that the branch does not use syntax or API specific to Java 1.8+
- run the unit tests (
ant test) and correct any failures
- test at least one file in each affected format, using the
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