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* Do not crash when saving unconfigured detector or tracker.
 
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== 07-07-2014 - v2.4.0 ==
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* TrackScheme now has an outline panel, useful to navigate in large models.
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* TrackScheme has a better layout for tracks that have merge and split events.
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* The 'Refresh' button on detector config panels is not present anymore. It's confusing and useless now that the quality value does not match pixel intensity at all.
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* TrackMate has new logos and icons, made by Agnieszka Kawska @ IlluScientia. http://www.illuscientia.com/
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* Fixed several problems with the 'Copy Overlay' action.
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* Fixed a severe TrackScheme bug, happening when creating links with invisible tracks.
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* Fixed a detector crash when running a preview detection with 0 spots found.

Revision as of 05:52, 7 July 2014

This page contains the version history for the TrackMate plugin. Bug fixes are not mentioned here, and do not get their own release number.


10/05/2012 - v.1.0

Initial release


22/05/2012 - v1.1

  • TrachScheme can change of display style.
  • De-activated folding branches in TrackScheme, as it was non-functional.
  • Fix bugs when loading invisible tracks.


13/06/2012 - v1.2

  • Far better memory management and speed improvement in LAP trackers when dealing with gap-closing only.
  • Renamed the "Fast LAP tracker" and "Simple Fast LAP tracker" to "LAP tracker" and "Simple LAP tracker". Also removed the old "LAP tracker" and "Simple LAP tracker". They give the same results, but are just way slower.
  • Replaced the ISBI challenge exporter by a simple track exporter.
  • New action: capture the spot images along a track.


25/02/2013 - v2.0.0

Major update:

  • TrackMate now uses ImgLib2 internally, and is therefore ready to be moved to ImageJ2.
  • TrackMate now computes edge features (on top of spot and track features). These features enable the immediate measure of velocity, displacement, etc...
  • Tracks can be colored in the Hyperstack displayer, in the 3D viewer and in TrackScheme using indifferently track or edge features.
  • All spot, edge and track features are computed automatically and kept in sync even versus manual modifications.
  • All spot, edge and track features are saved in the XML file.
  • All spot, edge and track features can be exported as ImageJ results tables. Then they can be exported to text files, readable by let's say Excel. (Please note that the authors of the plugin do not deem Excel as a proper solution for scientific analysis and recommend more professional solutions.)
  • All spot, edge and track features can be plotted as specialized graphs, thanks to a dedicated GUI panel.
  • Tracks can be named in TrackScheme. These names are used to sort alphanumerically the tracks as they are laid out. To change the name of a track, just double-click its current name in the TrackScheme view.
  • We use semantic versioning for release numbers from now on. The rules about backward incompatible changes - described below - required a major version change. However, we reserve the right to make a major number change only when there is backward incompatible changes to the user only. API changes might not trigger a major version change.
  • The XML file format changed and is therefore not compatible anymore between major versions. However, XML files generated with the previous version (v1.2) can be imported in v2.0.0. and are converted on the fly.
  • In linear-assignment-problem trackers (LAP tracker and simple LAP tracker), the time interval to bridge gaps is specified in frame interval instead of time interval.
  • In LAP trackers, detection of split and merge events are constrained to two consecutive frames.
  • The spot morphology analyzer is disabled.
  • Removed the spot intensity kurtosis, skewness and variance features.
  • Much better memory management in LAP tracker: Tracking on large number of spots will consume much less memory if tracks are not branching.
  • Speed up considerably the loading of large xml files.
  • Better GUI refreshing when performing heavy calculations.
  • All major operations are now multi-threaded, notably computing spot, edge and track features.
  • Track layout in TrackScheme is now deterministic: when branching, branches are sorted left to right using the name of the first spot in the branches.
  • Spots added manually are added in TrackScheme live in a dedicated column, to facilitate manual tracking.
  • In TrackScheme, added menu items to select tracks downward or upward in time from current selection.
  • In TrackScheme, the selection table can be exported as an ImageJ results table.
  • Better track layout in TrackScheme for tree-like structures.
  • Improved the performance of several track analyzers.
  • Full keyboard navigation.
  • The filter panels that appear in the GUI can have their threshold entered by keyboard: Set the focus to the histogram panel (press tab until the threshold value is displayed in dark red instead of orange, or click the panel), and type a number - possibly decimal, wait 1 s. You can also use the arrow keys to change it by 10% (left/right) or set it to a max or min value (up/down).
  • Fix a nasty and dangerous bug in LoG detector: We were not converting the filter sigma to pixel coordinates, yielding different filter strengths depending on the spatial calibration entered, even if the user-specified radius was the same. This generated a weirdness in spot coordinates that Alison Twelvetrees noted.
  • Fix the bug that caused the GUI to often hang after the initial filtering step.
  • Fix a bug when rendering tracks in the 3D viewer: the filtered-out tracks were displayed anyway. Noticed by David Mason.
  • Fix a bug causing TrackScheme and XML files to sometimes receive empty tracks.
  • Numerous minor bugfixes.


15/03/2013 - v2.0.1

  • Fix a bug noticed by Jan Brocher that prevented track splitting and merging events to be correctly detected in some cases.


22/03/2013 - v2.0.2

  • Fix a bug that prevented selecting edges when the 3D displayer is used.
  • Fix a bug that prevented some spots to be displayed in the side table of TrackScheme.
  • Fix a bug that prevented v2.0.0 xml files to be read.
  • Fix a bug that crashed the 3D viewer when there is no spot in frame.
  • Slight optimization of the 3D viewer startup.


5/6/2013 - v2.0.4

  • Fix a GUI bug, noticed by Tobias Pietzsch.


5/8/2013 - v2.1.0

  • Major rewrite of the core track model to achieve a far better performance when manually editing a very large datasets. You can now interactively edit large datasets without the GUI becoming too sluggish.
  • You can now preview the detection parameters on the current frame before applying it to the whole data.
  • The detection step is now interruptible in the GUI. A click on the cancel button will gracefully interrupt the detection process, and yields the spots found so far. They can be used later on normally.
  • The HyperStack viewer and editor has now a configuration panel that has a log window and some tools for manual annotation.
  • Semi-automatic tracking: Select one (or more) spot, TrackMate will find its most likely successors.
  • Re-design of TrackScheme. TrackScheme is now about 40 times faster to launch, even on large dataset. By default it uses the 'simple' style, and the update of the small thumbnails can be switched on/off.
  • The 'Load' button was removed from the GUI. TrackMate files can be loaded from the Plugins > Tracking > Load a TrackMate file menu item.
  • T/here is a new Plugins > Tracking > Manual tracking with TrackMate menu item, that launched another GUI stripped down for manual editing.
  • The XML file format has changed, to include more data, and for better separability and reuse in other softwares. However, backward compatible loaders are present to ensure the loading and on-the-fly conversion with files generated by TrackMate versions above 1.2.
  • Better coloring scheme. There is a unique coloring scheme shared in all views.
  • The GUI is now resizable.
  • A 'Locale' problem prevented the entering of numerical features correctly on system relying on other decimal separators that the dot. TrackMate now enforces the dot to be used as a decimal separator on all Locales. However there are still reports that this fails on Windows machine with exotic (i.e. non dot as decimal separator) locales.
  • Numerous other bugfixes.

30/10/2013 - v2.1.1

  • Fixes a bug generated by a conflict with a new component of imglib2. The fix involves work on imglib2 and TrackMate sides, and beneficiated from the attention and sweat of Curtis Rueden and Johannes Schindelin.

19/03/2014 - v2.2.0

  • Major improvement for tracking performance: The LAP trackers are now based on the Jonker-Volgenant solver, which performs better than the Munkres-Kuhn we were using until then. Our initial tests report that this new version runs 2x to 4x faster.
  • A major problem was found in the LoG detector: Because of a severe rounding error, the LoG detector was not behaving as a true LoG detector, which strongly hindered its accuracy and potence. The problem is now fixed and the accuracy of the detector has vastly improved. You should now observe much better results when using this detector: less spurious spots, better spot size sensitivity, better sensitivity to faint spots. On its side, the DoG detector now handles spots that lie on the border of the images better. Of course, the results will be different when comparing to v2.1.1.
  • We also took the chance to rewrite all the detectors from scratch, using the latest development in ImgLib2. This prompted major performance improvement for the detection process.
  • Complete rewrite of the way we handle modules in TrackMate. TrackMate now uses SciJava and exploit its automatic discovery mechanism for modules. Practically, it is now very easy to extend TrackMate, and you do not depend on us anymore at all for anything. We could completely disappear and you would still be able to extend TrackMate so that it suits your need, without requiring any of our help. Several tutorials describe how to do this. This is made possible thanks to the enormous efforts of the SciJava team. Thanks to them!
  • In TrackScheme, the tracks can be navigated through using the keyboard:
    • UP: previous spot in time.
    • DOWN: next spot in time.
    • LEFT: next sibling within the same track
    • RIGHT: previous sibling within the same track
    • PAGE-DOWN: jump to next track, same frame
    • PAGE-UP: jump to previous track, same frame
  • Major performance improvement when launching TrackScheme on a large models.
  • Major performance improvement when selecting/deselecting in TrackScheme
  • The 3D viewer is now in sync with manual modification. Any edit made to the model is immediately echoed on the 3D viewer. This comes at a price: the 3D viewer cannot be used for very large model in an efficient manner.
  • The user can now define a depth of drawing display setting, that limits the number of Z-slices on which we draw the model. This is useful on very thick samples where the drawing of all the data across all Zs can become confusing.
  • Minor improvement for the track display on the main view, for large models.
  • Ship a MATLAB function to import in MATLAB the tracks exported by TrackMate. Check this.
  • Warn the user if they feed TrackMate with a stack that has no time-points by plenty of Z-slices. This is one of the main reason we get irrelevant bug reports: By default, ImageJ considers that a multi-image file is always made of 1 time-points and many Z-slices. Whereas users mean to feed TrackMate with a movie made of several 2D planes filmed over time. We now warn the user that the dimensionality stored in the image might not be the one they expect.
  • Fine tune multithreading. Before this version, TrackMate was doing multithreading during detection in the following way: We run the detection process on as many frames as we have threads, and each frame is processed using 1 thread. This is suboptimal if we have a large number of threads, but a few number of frames (e.g. 1 frame, 24 threads). This release fixes this: If we have 10 threads and 15 frames to process, we process 10 frames at once, and allocate 1 thread per frame. But if we have 10 threads and 2 frames, we process the 2 frames at once, and allocate 5 threads per frame if we can. For this to work of course, the detector must be multithreaded, which is the case with the ones we ship now.
  • TrackMate can now load partial TrackMate files, and still display all the information it could retrieve, instead of generating an error and quitting. This is useful if you have file that contains the model section, but not the settings section.
  • Improved user messaging when loading a file.
  • Spots can be colored by the features of the track they belong to.
  • Slightly better memory management for spot, edge and track coloring for large models.
  • The GUI does not freeze when computing histograms.
  • Fix a major bug with the DoG detector preventing to use it with a ROI.
  • Fixed a minor warning triggered when using the 3D viewer as the main view for TrackMate.
  • When navigating backward in the GUI, the model is cleared when it is sensible. This is made to avoid having "ghost" results floating over unprocessed images.
  • Fix several issues with zooming and decorations in TrackScheme. Fix a bug that caused the sliders to disappear for the simple style and with some zoom levels. Zooming should be now more efficient, and offers more zoom levels.

02-06-2014 - v2.3.0

  • It is possible to manually color spots and edges. The colors attributed are saved and retrieved from XML. To use it, select a few cells in TrackScheme and right-click to make the contextual menu appear:
  • There is now an action to export to Icy track manager. It generates a XML file that can be opened in the Icy track manager.
  • Icy XML track files can be opened in TrackMate. Just point the TrackMate loader plugin to such a file, and its type will be detected and it will be opened in TrackMate. We would like to express our thanks to Fabrice de Chaumont for his help in developing these two features.
  • A new action allows merging two TrackMate files into one.
  • The color scale used to display colored tracks, links and spots can now be manually adjusted. In the display panel of the GUI, double click on the label "color by" and a settings window will open allowing the user to select between manual or automatic scaling. This is great to generate views that are comparable between datasets. This feature is commissioned and offered by Fumio Hayashi, Kobe University.
  • The table in the InfoPane of TrackScheme displays the full spot name.
  • Auto-linking mode allows the creation of links backward in time.
  • Two new track feature analyzers allow filtering tracks by their spots quality or by their longest gap.
  • Fix a potential (and potentially long standing) bug with numerical input on machine using locales different from the US locale.
  • Put back the forgotten Manual Tracker.
  • Save and retrieve the tracker used in the XML file.
  • Fix crash triggered when the specified ROI had points out of the source image bounds.
  • Fix crash when saving with a source image not loaded from disk.
  • Do not crash when saving unconfigured detector or tracker.
  • Many other bugfixes.


07-07-2014 - v2.4.0

  • TrackScheme now has an outline panel, useful to navigate in large models.
  • TrackScheme has a better layout for tracks that have merge and split events.
  • The 'Refresh' button on detector config panels is not present anymore. It's confusing and useless now that the quality value does not match pixel intensity at all.
  • TrackMate has new logos and icons, made by Agnieszka Kawska @ IlluScientia. http://www.illuscientia.com/
  • Fixed several problems with the 'Copy Overlay' action.
  • Fixed a severe TrackScheme bug, happening when creating links with invisible tracks.
  • Fixed a detector crash when running a preview detection with 0 spots found.