Wolfram Mathematica 7 Features Next-Generation Image Processing and Analysis
November 18, 2008--Wolfram Research today announced that an
innovative, advanced image processing system has been added as a core
part of its new Mathematica 7 product.
The image processing environment of Mathematica 7 was
designed from the ground up to become the system of choice for imaging
research and applications in science, engineering, medicine, and
education. Industrial-strength, high-performance functions for image
composition, transformation, enhancement, and segmentation combine
with the existing Mathematica infrastructure of high-level
language, automated interface construction, interactive notebook
documents, and computational power to make a uniquely versatile image
"With its ease of use and seamless integration, Mathematica 7
reaches far beyond legacy scripting languages, old-school toolboxes,
and of course plain C/C++ libraries. What we have built is the most
modern and elegant image processing environment in existence," says
Peter Overmann, Director of Software Technology at Wolfram Research. "Working
with a team of industrial and academic experts, we set out to define
the next generation of digital image processing software. The
usability, interactivity, and performance offered by
Mathematica 7 are simply amazing."
Mathematica 7 features efficient implementations of classical
image processing methods, high-level abstraction from underlying data
types, extensible functions that leverage Mathematica's proven
data processing capabilities, and integration of vector and raster
graphics, as well as import and export converters for all common file
formats used in medical imaging, satellite imaging and remote sensing,
astronomy, and computer graphics.
"Built around a versatile Image object with automated
display, the new image processing package forms a powerful springboard
for development of new algorithms," says Richard Scott, Research
Director at OralCDx Laboratories. "The natural variability of image
data requires rapid test and visualization of results, integrated with
sophisticated and accessible libraries that only the unique breadth
of Mathematica can provide."
"This is certainly the only image processing system where you can
simply drag and drop image files into some program code, run complex
computations with one keystroke, and share your results in the form of
great-looking notebooks," says Overmann.
Mathematica 7 also offers, for the first time, a built-in
parallel computation framework that makes it easy to process large
numbers of images simultaneously on personal computers as well as on
Mathematica 7 is available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X,
Linux x86, Solaris UltraSPARC/x86, and compatible systems. More
product details are available on the Mathematica website.