Montage Serial Reconstruction System
This page is intended to provide information about Montage, a
serial-reconstruction package that allows a user to reconstruct serial
data in 3 dimensions on a relatively inexpeisive PC.
On-beta ganglion cell by Ethan Cohen.
For more examples, check out our database of reconstructed cells.
- It's free (source code included)
- Runs under Linux, a free unix-like OS for the PC
- Requires little specialized hardware (only a bitpad)
- Comes with several programs for analyzing and displaying the data
- Manual comes with distribution.
- Multiple data types:
- trace (open or closed polygonal contour)
- base (reference point)
- flag (can be displayed as a circle, triangle, rectangle)
- Multiple data specifications: cell, branch, color
- User-definable section buffer size at run-time
- Multiple output formats:
- PostScript (color and grayscale)
- HP plotter
- True 3-d visualization schemes in development (see below)
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Montage is one of the first serial reconstruction packages, and it
remains one of the best. It was originally written for a Z80 system
with floating-point hardware, and has since been ported to Venix, and
most recently, Linux. The digitization program runs best in Linux's
SVGA mode, and the display program is normally run under
XWindows. The entire source compiles with GCC which ensures
3-d visualization schemes
For true 3-d visualization, there are currently two systems in
development. One is Tom Chou's contour picker and surface tiler, which
produces a surface composed of triangles for AVS's geometry viewer.
The source code for this method is available by request.
The other, Nuages, is in the initial stages of investigation. Nuages
is Bernhard Geiger's package
(ftp://betelgeuse.inria.fr/pub/Nuages/NUAGES-*.tar.Z). Generally, it
seems to produce nice output in any one of a number of formats: .off
object file format), .obj (wavefront format, easily converted to AVS
.geom), .vera (vera raytracer format, convertable to POV-Ray format),
as well as a few others. Nuages also has the added feature of
outputting surface normals for the triangles, making for smoother
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