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ImageJ was originally developed in 1997 as a cross-platform version of [[NIH Image]]. ImageJ grew organically over time as Wayne Rasband continued to add features according to user requests. Now there are many hundreds, probably thousands, of plugins written by members of a diverse community.
The current version of ImageJ is often referred to as [[ImageJ2]], to differentiate it from ImageJ 1.x. The ImageJ2 distribution actually includes the latest version of ImageJ1 as well, along with a
[https://github.com/imagej /imagej-legacy legacy layer ] for backwards compatibility, which transparently converts between IJ1 and IJ2 data structures as needed.
* [http://imagej.net/index.html ImageJ 1.x documentation]
* [http://www.nature.com/nmeth/journal/v9/n7/full/nmeth.2089.html NIH Image to ImageJ: 25 years of image analysis]. ''Nature Methods'' '''9''', 671–675 (2012).