Release of Bio-Formats 5.7.3



Dear all,

Today we are releasing Bio-Formats 5.7.3 which includes the following changes:

File format fixes and improvements:

  • TIFF
    • fixed a NullPointerException when reading a TIFF file from the root system directory
    • improved support for large images that are stored as a single uncompressed tile with multiple interleaved channels
  • MRC (Medical Research Council)
    • added support in original metadata for the fields ‘ISPG’ and ‘Is data cube’
  • TillPhotonics TillVision
    • directory listings for .pst files are now sorted
  • MetaMorph
    • directory listings are now sorted during file initialization
  • Amira Mesh
    • now supports Avizo in the file header in addition to the existing support for AmiraMesh
  • Becker & Hickl SPCImage
    • added a fix for IllegalArgumentException when reading files with compressed data
  • Zeiss CZI
    • fixed an IndexOutOfBoundsException when creating ROI objects

Bug fixes and improvements:

  • removed unused target utils-formats-api from ant build
  • automated Memoizer tests updated to use UUID for generating unique memo file directories
  • detect and fix Findbugs’ SBSC_USE_STRINGBUFFER_CONCATENATION using StringBuilder
  • configuration files for the automated test suite now use raw physical size rather than formatted size
  • added first version of Dockerfile for running the automated test suite standalone

Documentation improvements:

  • added a support page to the Bio-Formats project
  • updated reference URLs for the Aperio ImageScope and Micro-Manager
  • documented issues with conflicts in the JAI ImageIO component
  • clarified the default values of HCS keys for fake images in the documentation for Generating test images
  • corrected external links which failed automatic link checking

Full details can be found at

The software is now available from the Java-8 update site for Fiji users and is also available from


The OME Team


Sounds great! Any chance you guys would consider adding bi-level TIFF as a supported format in your next major release?