New sciview preview release

Hi everyone,

@kephale and I have prepared a new sciview preview release, 0.2.0-beta-1, which is now available on the update site (

Game Of Life demo

Highlights of the new release are:

  • preliminary integration of @tpietzsch’s awesome BigVolumeViewer, so you can render BigDataViewer datasets right in sciview (you need to open the BDV XML from within sciview, File > Open). Big thanks to @tpietzsch for his help!
  • VR rendering on OpenVR headsets – have a look at your data with your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, etc. This requires SteamVR installed and has been verified to work on Windows and Linux with HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality Headsets. To (de)activate, click View > Render to OpenVR headset in the sciview window.
  • UI revamp: I think the UI got much nicer now, and furthermore, we switched back from JavaFX to Swing as a UI toolkit, at least for the moment, for way better performance.

Rendering with Vulkan under X11 requires a patch to the ImageJ launcher which is not yet in the regular Fiji distribution, but we have included it in the update site – let us know if there’s anything fishy you think might relate to that.

Known issues:

  • multichannel volumetric datasets do not work yet, apart from as BDV datasets. As we progress with the BDV integration, still will be fixed.
  • when adding volumes, position and scale parameters can be off, making the volume to cover the whole screen or not appear at all. Workaround: Reset scale to e.g. 1.0/1.0/1.0, and Position to 0.0/0.0/0.0 and the volume will be right in front of you (see this bug report, thanks @haesleinhuepf!
  • when activating rendering to a VR headset, the display might stack black. Workaround: Turn VR rendering off and on again. (bug report)
  • scrollbars might not appear in the property editor. Workaround: Resize either the main window or the divider between the node tree view and and property editor. (bug report)

Enjoy the new preview, and please let us know if there’s anything wrong or if you have a feature request.



PS: Further :+1::+1::+1: go out to Aryaman Gupta for various improvements on the UI, and of course @ctrueden without whom we’d be totally lost :smile: