Open source ICS file format new 1.6.3 release on GitHub

Dear all,

The Image Cytometry Standard (ICS, is an open source microscopy file format which has been around since 1990. Today, it remains to be one of the preferred formats for saving and reading microscopy image data because of its openness and the inclusion of many different microscopy parameters including those for widefield, confocal, spinning disk, multi-photon, STED, Light Sheet, and now array detector systems.

After many years in which ICS was maintained by Chris Luengo (his personal blog can be found here:, we (Scientific Volume Imaging - took over this task from him. Currently, the sources of the ICS library, libics, are released under the Gnu Lesser General Public License (GLPL). They can be found on GitHub: ICS is also supported by Bioformats:

With this post, we like to inform the microscopy community about the release of libics version 1.6.3.

Highlights of ICS 1.6.3:

  • Add support for storing the parameters of array detector microscopes.
  • Support for 64 bit integer images.
  • C++ interface.
  • Improved backward compatibility.
  • Various bug fixes.

We hope we have informed you completely on this topic and will continue to do so in the future.

With kind regards,
Daniel Sevilla