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The following article describes a method of ImageJ 1.x/ImageJ2 integration we explored in 2010, revolving around an ij.process.ImageProcessor extension called ImgLibProcessor which would enable additional transparent usage of ImgLib2 from within ImageJ 1.x, thus greatly expanding the available pixel types and storage strategies. However, after discussion with Wayne Rasband, we settled on a different method of backwards compatibility known as ImageJ Legacy. The text below is preserved only for historical reasons.


As much as possible ImgLibProcessor utilizes operations to implement its functionality. Operation is not a class here but just a concept. If you imagine a processor class the operations are really the methods that act upon the processor’s data and live as separate classes rather than within the processor class methods. This was done to reduce the complexity of ImgLibProcessor. Originally there was a motivation of having operations that could be chained together. (Not sure how well this motivation was realized)

An operation ties together the concept of iteration and action on data over a user specified region. As an example of a typical operation I’ll discuss imagej.process.operation.SingleCursorRoiOperation. This abstract class is responsible for managing the iteration over a single imglib Image. Here is its main iteration loop:

/** runs the operation. does the iteration and calls subclass methods as appropriate */
public void execute()
    if ( != null)
    final LocalizableByDimCursor<T> imageCursor =
    final RegionOfInterestCursor<T> imageRoiCursor =
        new RegionOfInterestCursor<T>( imageCursor, this.origin, this.span );
    //iterate over all the pixels, of the selected image plane
    for (T sample : imageRoiCursor)
        // note that the include() method call below passes null as position. This
        // operation is not positionally aware for efficiency. Use a positional
        // operation in the imagej.process.operation package if needed.
        if ((this.selector == null) ||
            (this.selector.include(null, sample.getRealDouble())))
        if ( != null)
    if ( != null)

The key ideas include:

  • The iteration is encapsulated in this class. Subclasses of this class implement beforeIteration(), insideIteration(), and afterIteration(). (I’ll discuss inheritance later)
  • The iteration can be constrained by a function that uses the current value and position of the sample pointed to by the iterator to determine whether to call insideIteration().
  • The iteration can be observed by other classes

As an example we’ll look at imagej.process.operation.MinMaxOperation. Here is its entire implementation:

public class MinMaxOperation<T extends RealType<T>> extends SingleCursorRoiOperation<T>
    private double min, max, negInfinity, posInfinity;
    public MinMaxOperation(Image<T> image, int[] origin, int[] span)
    public double getMax() { return this.max; }
    public double getMin() { return this.min; }
    protected void beforeIteration(RealType<T> type)
        this.min = type.getMaxValue();
        this.max = type.getMinValue();
        // CTR: HACK: Workaround for compiler issue with instanceof and generics.
        //if (type instanceof FloatType)
        if (FloatType.class.isAssignableFrom(type.getClass()))
            this.posInfinity = Float.POSITIVE_INFINITY;
            this.negInfinity = Float.NEGATIVE_INFINITY;
            this.posInfinity = Double.POSITIVE_INFINITY;
            this.negInfinity = Double.NEGATIVE_INFINITY;
    protected void insideIteration(RealType<T> sample)
        double value = sample.getRealDouble();
        if (value >= this.posInfinity) return;
        if (value <= this.negInfinity) return;
        if ( value > this.max )
            this.max = value;
        if ( value < this.min )
            this.min = value;
    protected void afterIteration()

You can see that a MinMaxOperation is pretty simple. It finds the current min and max values of the iterated values. Defining operations in this way is simple and they end up being well encapsulated. However, striving for composition over inheritance I’ve tried to minimize the number of operation classes.

Using composition to enhance the capabilities of the various operations becomes possible with the definition of SelectionFunctions. Recall from the execute() method of SingleCursorRoiOperation that you can constrain which samples will have further processing done on them using a selector. The selector in the loop is a SelectionFunction. Its signature is defined in imagej.selection.SelectionFunction:

public interface SelectionFunction
    boolean include(int[] position, double sample);

You can define any function you like that discriminates samples based upon their value and position within their parent Image. SelectionFunctions are then attached to an operation via operation.setSelector(selectionFunction).

Note that SelectionFunction is not in the imagej.process package. I view the ability to discriminate samples based upon their value and position as a broad need in ImageJ. I can see how this would be useful in the support of Rois. There is currently code for composing composite selection functions in the imagej.selection package. So arbitrarily complex selections can be made.

Once we define selection functions we can utilize them with operations in powerful ways. For example define this selection function:

class Selector implements SelectionFunction
    public boolean include(int[] position, double sample)
        if (sample value in range I desire)
            if (position within a rotated ellipse centered at x,y with params z)
                return true;
        return false;

Create a MinMaxOperation and attach this selection function. When you run operation.execute() you can get the min and max values found within your selection criteria.

There are operations that change the underlying data as well. Imagej.process.operation.UnaryTransformOperation is one example. It will change an underlying Image’s data by replacing the data with the computation of a function using the current Image as input. The function is defined as a UnaryFunction and is passed in to the UnaryTransformOperation. Imagej.process.function.unary.UnaryFunction looks like this:

public interface UnaryFunction {
    double compute(double input);

An example of a UnaryFunction would be a sqr() function whose compute() method would return the square of its input. To square the values of an image you would create a UnaryTransformOperation passing it a sqr() UnaryFunction and then run operation.execute(). It is important to note that a UnaryFunction can be arbitrarily complex with its own sets of parameters provided it relies on one input value from an Image.

There are operations defined that do not change data. Imagej.process.operation.QueryOperation is such an operation. A QueryOperation applies an InfoCollector function to the user specified data. Imagej.process.query.InfoCollector looks like this:

/** the InfoCollector interface is used to define queries that can be passed to an
 *  imagej.process.operation.QueryOperation.*/
public interface InfoCollector
    /** this method called before the actual query takes place allowing the InfoCollector to initialize itself */
    void init();
    /** this method is called at each position of the original dataset allowing data to be collected */
    void collectInfo(int[] position, double value);
    /** this method is called when the query is done allowing cleanup and tabulation of results */
    void done();

When one uses a QueryOperation one can then collect information in whatever way desired.

Note that all operations (transforms, queries, etc.) can be modified to only work on a user defined region and then further constrained by value and position selection functions. Any function a user can define can be applied.

Operations are not limited to one dataset. There are operation classes defined that work with various combinations of synchronized datasets (1, 2, and N).

These concepts are utilized throughout the implementation of ImgLibProcessor:

A simple unary transform operation -

public void abs()
    AbsUnaryFunction function = new AbsUnaryFunction();
    nonPositionalTransform(function);  // a private method that does quickest SingRoiOp

A more complex example that uses a selection function -

/** fills the current ROI area of the current plane of data with the fill color wherever the input mask is nonzero */
public void fill(ImageProcessor mask)
    if (mask==null) {
    int[] origin = originOfRoi();
    int[] span = spanOfRoiPlane();
    byte[] byteMask = (byte[]) mask.getPixels();
    FillUnaryFunction fillFunction = new FillUnaryFunction(this.fillColor);
    UnaryTransformPositionalOperation<T> transform =
        new UnaryTransformPositionalOperation<T>(this.imageData, origin, span,
    SelectionFunction selector = new MaskOnSelectionFunction(origin, span, byteMask);

A two Image operation that uses a SelectionFunction -

/** sets the current ROI area data to that stored in the snapshot wherever the mask is nonzero */
public void reset(ImageProcessor mask)
    if (mask==null || this.snapshot==null)
    Rectangle roi = getRoi();
    if ((mask.getWidth() != roi.width) || (mask.getHeight() != roi.height))
        throw new IllegalArgumentException(maskSizeError(mask));
    Image<T> snapData = this.snapshot.getStorage();
    int[] snapOrigin = Index.create(roi.x, roi.y,
                        new int[snapData.getNumDimensions()-2]);
    int[] snapSpan = Span.singlePlane(roi.width, roi.height,
    int[] imageOrigin = originOfRoi();
    int[] imageSpan = spanOfRoiPlane();
    CopyInput2BinaryFunction copyFunction = new CopyInput2BinaryFunction();
    BinaryTransformPositionalOperation<T> resetOp =
        new BinaryTransformPositionalOperation<T>(this.imageData, imageOrigin,
                imageSpan, snapData, snapOrigin, snapSpan, copyFunction);
    MaskOffSelectionFunction maskOff =
        new MaskOffSelectionFunction(imageOrigin, imageSpan, (byte[])mask.getPixels());
    resetOp.setSelectionFunctions(maskOff, null);
    if (!this.isUnsignedByte)
        this.min = this.snapshotMin;
        this.max = this.snapshotMax;

ImgLibProcessor also exposes a functional API for further use. Specifically the various assign() and transform() methods allows one to change an ImgLibProcessor’s Image data passing functions as needed.

This can all be tied together in a plugin demo. The following code works on a float image whose values range between 0 and 1. When the plugin is run the data of the current window image is transformed. Someone who knows more of what a user would really like to do on an image can extend this as desired.

import ij.IJ;
import ij.ImagePlus;
import ij.WindowManager;
import ij.plugin.PlugIn;
import imagej.function.UnaryFunction;
import imagej.ij1bridge.process.ImgLibProcessor;
import imagej.selection.SelectionFunction;
import java.util.Random;
public class FunctionalPlugin implements PlugIn {
    private class MyFunction implements UnaryFunction
        Random rng = new Random();
        public double compute(double value)
            return rng.nextDouble();
    private class MySelector implements SelectionFunction
        public boolean include(int[] position, double sample)
            if (sample < 0.2) return false;
            if (sample > 0.8) return false;
            if (position[0] % 3 != 0) return false;
            if (position[1] % 2 != 0) return false;
            return true;
    public void run(String arg) {
        ImagePlus imp = WindowManager.getCurrentImage();
        ImgLibProcessor<?> proc = (ImgLibProcessor<?>)imp.getProcessor();
        MyFunction function = new MyFunction();
        MySelector selector = new MySelector();
        proc.transform(function, selector);

Miscellaneous notes

  • if desired we can likely eliminate inheritance from the operations (in SingleCursorRoiOperation for example) by passing it a class that implements an interface that does before(), inside(), and after(). This is similar to Observer and InfoCollector and we may be able to do some simplification here
  • there are a number of different operations based upon how you are iterating and how many datasets you are simultaneously working with. There is also the built in limitation that iterators are synchronized. I have written proof of concept code to generalize iteration, allowing composition of iterators into either synchronized or nested iterators, eliminating the split between Unary/Binary/NAry functions, etc. Unfinished/untested but close to working.
  • We may want to break out SelectionFunction into ValueFunction and PositionFunction. Need to think about more

Required changes to IJ1 to accommodate ImgLibProcessor

This document describes changes required to ImageJ 1.x source code that will faciitate correct behavior when passed ImgLib-backed data. It is divided into 5 sections.

Section 1 outlines changes we’ve already made to our local copy of IJ 1.44l9 source code. These changes can be integrated into baseline ImageJ as needed.
Section 2 outlines further changes needed to fully support the new Image type ImagePlus.OTHER.
Section 3 outlines further changes needed to compatibly support a new processor type.
Section 4 outlines further changes needed related to case logic switching on ImagePlus::getBitDepth().
Section 5 contains miscellaneous notes

CHANGES ALREADY MADE to allow ImgLib data to be correctly updated by IJ1

Reflects source code changes as of 12-17-10

Package ij:

  • ImagePlus Added another image type : ImagePlus.OTHER Updated getBitDepth() to calc bits per pixel for OTHER type images
    Updated getBytesPerPixel() to calc number of bytes per pixel for OTHER type images
    Added double getActualBytesPerPixel() to support non-byte-aligned pixel types
    Updated setType() to allow OTHER type
    Updated getFileInfo() to populate self when dealing with OTHER type images
    Updated copy(boolean cut) to use getActualBytesPerPixel() in data byte use calculations
    Updated getPixel() to encode pixel data for OTHER type images

Package ij.gui:

  • ImageCanvas
    Updated setDrawingColor() to have a subcase for OTHER type images

  • ImageWindow
    Updated createSubtitle() to calc bit depth and image size from ImagePlus rather than by type

  • Wand
    Change code to not use primitive array access for obtaining pixel values. To do so needed to make
    minor changes to constructor, minor change to autoOutline(), and rewrote getPixel().


  • FileInfo
    Added file type GRAY64_SIGNED
    Modified getBytesPerPixel() to support GRAY64_SIGNED and GRAY12_UNSIGNED
    Modified getType() to return values for GRAY64_SIGNED and GRAY12_UNSIGNED

  • ImportDialog
    Added “12-bit Unsigned” to static class variable “types”.
    Updated getFileInfo() to identify GRAY12_UNSIGNED type files

Package ij.measure:

  • Calibration
    Added a method called isSameAs(Calibration other). We rely on this for numerous tests.

Package ij.plugin:

  • FolderOpener
    Made minor change to the run() method to support OTHER type images
    Modified setStackInfo() to use new bytesPerPixel calculation methods

  • ListVirtualStack
    Updated showDialog() to use new bytesPerPixel calculation methods

Package ij.plugin.filter:

  • ImageMath
    Many small edits to use setf()/getf() rather than direct float[] access. Also rather than instanceof
    FloatProcessor use ip.isFloatingType().
    Modify applyMacro case logic to test instanceof SomeProcessor rather than using getBitDepth()

  • ParticleAnalyzer
    Added a type called OTHER. Made many small edits to support.
    Moved away from direct primitive array access for pixel values and rather use getf()/etc. as needed.
    There some places tagged with “WAYNE PLEASE CHECK” for further review
    Changed setThresholdLevels() to identify images of OTHER type and also set fillColor correctly
    Changed getStatistics() to delegate to ip.getStatistics() rather than checking image type

  • PluginFilterRunner
    Updated checkImagePlus() to have a switch case for images of type OTHER

Package ij.plugin.frame:

  • ContrastAdjuster Minor edit of setupNewImage() case logic to support OTHER type images
    Minor edit of reset() case logic to support OTHER type images
    Update the calculation of decimal places to display for OTHER type images in setMinAndMax() Update the calculation of decimal places to display for OTHER type images in setWindowLevel()

Package ij.process:

  • ImageProcessor
    Changed visibility of showProgress to public. We have a ProgressTracker class in IJ2 that updates an ip’s progress indicator.
    Changed visibility of getBilinearInterpolatedPixel() to public
    Changed visibility of resetPixels() to protected
    Changed visibility of create8BitImage() to protected
    Added abstract methods for all processors to support:
       int getBitDepth();  
       double getBytesPerPixel();  
       ImageStatistics getStatistics(int mOptions, Calibration cal);  
       boolean isFloatingType();  
       boolean isUnsignedType();  
       double getMinimumAllowedValue();  
       double getMaximumAllowedValue();  
       String getTypeName();  
       double getd(int x, int y);  
       double getd(int index);

Added a couple set/get methods so our new ImageProcessor type can manipulate instance variables as needed
protected boolean getSnapshotCopyMode() public int getFgColor() public void setFgColor() public Color getDrawingColor()

Added a method that is only called on processors of OTHER type by ImagePlus::getPixel() public void encodePixelInfo(int[] destination, int x, int y)

  • ByteProcessor
    implementation of the new abstract methods of the ImageProcessor interface

  • ColorProcessor
    implementation of the new abstract methods of the ImageProcessor interface

  • FloatProcessor implementation of the new abstract methods of the ImageProcessor interface

  • ShortProcessor
    implementation of the new abstract methods of the ImageProcessor interface

  • ImageStatistics Made a few methods with package access into protected methods
    calculateStdDev(), setup(), fitEllipse(), calculateMedian() Changed getStatistics() to delegate to passed in ImageProcessor’s getStatistics() method rather than
    switching on processor type and hatching a type appropriate ImageStatistics

  • TypeConverter
    Added support for OTHER image types with new package level access methods:

      ByteProcessor convertOtherToByte()  
      ShortProcessor convertOtherToShort()  
      FloatProcessor convertOtherToFloat().  


  • ij.gui.Roi - showStatus() number of decimal places of display would be incorrect for some Imglib types without a simple fix.
  • - setCalibration() minor change needed to make sure min and max set correctly for the processor.
  •, and getDescriptionString() need minor case logic changes. Should check that the various saveAsXXX() plugins work for ImgLibProcessor backed types.
  • ij.macro.Functions - setPixel() and getpixel() - need minor changes to case logic to support OTHER type
  • ij.measure.Calibration - setImage() needs minor case logic change to support OTHER type
  • ij.plugin.filter.Calibrator - run(), calibrate(), and doCurveFitting() - minor changes to case logic needed to support OTHER type
  • ij.plugin.filter.Filters - setup() has minor case logic change needed to support OTHER type
  • ij.plugin.filter.Info - getInfo() needs a subcase for ImagePlus::OTHER. Small localized change.
  • ij.plugin.filter.RankFilters - showDialog() needs minor case logic change for setting number of decimal places if image is a float type
  • ij.plugin.frame.ContrastAdjusterupdatelabels(), plotHistogram(), maybe apply() need small case logic adjustments
  • ij.plugin.filter.ThresholdAdjuster - setup() - minor change to determine not an 8 bit image
  • ij.plugin.Concatenator needs more thorough type checking to support OTHER type images. As it stands now it is possible to try and concat two images of type OTHER who have totally different pixel formats. Also cannot concat a ImagePlus::GRAY16 and a ImagePlus::OTHER with backing data that is 16 bit.
  • ij.plugin.GelAnalyzer - plotLanes() has one line that needs to be changed to support OTHER types
  • ij.plugin.RGBStackConverterrun() needs some nontrivial changes to support OTHER types
  • ij.plugin.Slicerrun() needs a float check rather than GRAY32. Simple fix.
  • ij.plugin.StackCombiner has issues similar to Concatenator.
  • ij.plugin.StackInserter has issues similar to Concatenator
  • ij.plugin.ThresholderapplyThreshold() needs minor change to support OTHER types
  • ij.plugin.XYCoordinatesrun() tests GRAY32 rather than isFloat(). Simple to fix.
  • ij.process.ImageConverter needs a good amount of work to support OTHER types
  • ij.process.StackConverter needs a good amount of work to support OTHER types
  • ij.IJ: - doWand() needs minor change (from GRAY32 test to isFloatingType() test)
  • ij.Menus – menu entries needed for OTHER types. And addWindowMenuItem() should use new byte use calculation routines.


  • – minor change needed (use !ip.isFloatingType()) to support OTHER types
  • ij.macro.FunctionsgetStatistics() assumes you only have 8 & 16 bit images/histograms. Needs some reworking to support OTHER types.
  • ij.plugin.filter.BackgroundSubtracter – needs some substantial work to be extended to support processors of OTHER type
  • ij.plugin.Convolver – various methods make assumptions about which kinds of processors can exist. Also seems to rely on FloatProcessor. Needs some nontrivial work to support OTHER types
  • ij.plugin.filter.ImageMath – in run() method there is an unsafe check for signed data. Simple fix. There are also a couple unsafe checks for floating point data. Again a simple fix.
  • ij.plugin.filter.MaximumFinder – simple fix needed for determing whether data is floating type
  • ij.plugin.filter.ParticleAnalyzer – makes unsafe assumptions. I have mostly updated it already. Wayne may need to make bigger changes. Will talk to Wayne about this one.
  • ij.plugin.filter.PluginFilterRunner – tests versus FloatProcessor. May not need any changes. May just work but may be inefficient for ImgLibProcessors of float type. Study more.
  • ij.plugin.frame.ContrastAdjuster – makes some type assumptions. I think I’ve fixed it in already \_ij1-patches.
  • ij.plugin.frame.ThresholdAdjusterupdateLabels() does a test on ShortProcessor. May need to be fixed. DoSet() needs to replace instanceof FloatProcessor with ip.isFloatingType(). setHistogram() needs to replace instanceof FloatProcessor with ip.isFloatingType().
  • ij.plugin.ContrastEnhancer – makes a few type assumptions. May need some larger rework.
  • ij.plugin.FITS_Writer – setup of header relies on either Short or Float. May need to ask what is needed for OTHER types. WriteData() only does float and short. Will not support OTHER type images backed by floats and shorts.
  • ij.plugin.OrthogonalViews – makes many assumptions on processor type. Needs nontrivial updates to support OTHER types.
  • ij.plugin.ZProjector – makes assumptions that only the current processors will ever exist. Needs nontrivial updating to work.
  • ij.process.FloodFiller – simple change needed to constructor to use ip.isFloatingType()
  • ij.process.ImageStatistics – I think I already made all changes needed and in \_ij1-patches
  • ij.process.TypeConverter – I think I already made all changes needed and in \_ij1-patches
  • ij.ImagePlus - I think I already made all changes needed and in \_ij1-patches


  • should test imp.getType() rather than imp.getBitDepth(). Simple.
  • – rather than test bitDepth() it should test getType() not Byte or Color. Simple.
  • ij.macro.FunctionssetColor() needs minor case logic change for 16-bit signed data to avoid throwing an exception unneccesarily. GetHistogram(), setLut() and setMinAndMax() should test getType() and not getBitDepth(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.filter.FFTCustomFilterdoInverseTransform() makes some assumptions about bit depth implying certain types of processors. Needs a closer look.
  • ij.plugin.filter.FFTFilterfilter() makes some assumptions about bit depth implying certain types of processors. Needs a closer look.
  • ij.plugin.filter.ImageMath – “div” case of run() assumes 32-bit implies Floating type data. Simple fix. ApplyMacro() and showDialog() should test versus imp.getType() rather than getBitDepth(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.filter.InfogetInfo() should test ip.isFloatingType() rather than imp.getBitDepth(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.filter.ParticleAnalyzersetup() tests bit depth when it should test imp.getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.filter.RankFilters - run() tests bit depth when it should test imp.getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.filter.RGBStackSplitter - setup() tests bit depth when it should test imp.getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.filter.Rotator – uses bitDepth when it should use getType() in a few places. Simple fixes.
  • ij.plugin.frame.ChannelsitemStateChanged() assumes 24-bit implies Color. Simple fix.
  • ij.plugin.frame.ColorThresholdersample(), checkImage(), windowActivated(), RGBTpLab(), and RGBToYUV() test bit depth when they should test imp.getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.frame.ContrastAdjustersetMinAndMax() and setWindowLevel() assume 32-bit is Float. Simple fixes to use isFloatingType().
  • ij.plugin.frame.ThresholdAdjuster – constructor should test getType(). DoSet() and apply() assume 32-bit is float. Use isFloatingType() instead. Simple.
  • ij.plugin.AVI_Readerrun() has some very minor special case logic for 16-bit. Not sure why. Will need to investigate further.
  • ij.plugin.BatchConverterrun() uses getBitDepth() when it should use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.BatchProcessorprocessVirtualStack() and processFolder() use getBitDepth() when they should use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.BMP_Writer - writeImage() uses getBitDepth() when it should use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.CompositeConverter - run() uses getBitDepth() when it should use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.ContrastEnhancer – some issues. investigate further
  • ij.plugin.FFT - doInverseTransform() uses getBitDepth() when it should use getType(). Still a bit more broken as it uses fht.bitDepth which is copied from elsewhere. We want to remove reliance on bit depth determining what kind of processor we have.
  • ij.plugin.FITS_Writer – run() uses bitDepth when it could use getType(). This method documented problems with instanceof. Method requires closer inspection.
  • ij.plugin.FolderOpener – run() relies on bitDepth numerous times. Need to investigate further.
  • ij.plugin.Histogramrun() relies on bitdepth when it should use getType(). Simple to fix.
  • ij.plugin.HyperStackConverterconvertStackToHS() relies on bitdepth when it should use getType(). Simple to fix.
  • ij.plugin.HyperStackReducer – will not work for images of type OTHER as it relies on IJ.createImage() which only knows the few predefined image types. Might need way to override the IJ that is in place so we can hook in our own createImage(). Also relies on ImagePlus::createHyperStack() which also has limited bit depth support. Otherwise bitDepth use is fine for this class.
  • ij.plugin.ImageCalculatorcalculate() relies on bit depth rather than getProcessor().isFloatingType(). Simple to fix.
  • ij.plugin.ImagesToStack – a lot of reliance on bit depth. As is won’t work with OTHER type images. Look at this more closely.
  • ij.plugin.ListVirtualStack – a lot of reliance on bit depth. Assumes only a few processor types exist. Needs to create processors. We might need Wayne to create a processor factory that we can override. Look at this more closely.
  • ij.plugin.LUT_Editorrun() uses bit depth when it can be pretty simply avoided.
  • ij.plugin.PNM_Writerrun() uses bit depth when it can be pretty simply avoided.
  • ij.plugin.ResizerzScale() uses bit depth unnecessarily. Simple. ResizeZ() and zScaleHyperStack() both use bit depth to call IJ.createImage(). So again we’ll need to override somehow.
  • ij.plugin.RGBStackMergemergeStacks() and mergeHyperStacks() need some bit depth access. But also assumes 24-bit is RGB. Simple to remove this assumption.
  • ij.plugin.ScalershowDialog() uses bit depth when it could use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.SlicerresliceHyperStack() calls createHyperStack() with bit depth. Need an override. CreateOutputStack() calls NewImage.createImage() with bit depth. Again an override needed. GetOutputStackSize() uses bitDepth to calculate data use sizes. Can use new byte calc methods.
  • ij.plugin.Straightenerstraighten(), straightenLine(), and rotateLine() all assume 24 bit == RGB. Simple to fix.
  • ij.plugin.SurfacePlotter – drawAndLabelAxis() uses bitDepth where it could use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.Thresholder – convertSTackToBinary() uses bitDepth where it could use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.WandToolsOptions - run() uses bitDepth where it could use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.XYCoordinates - run() uses bitDepth where it could use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.plugin.ZProjector - doHyperStackProjection() uses bitDepth where it could use getType(). Simple.
  • ij.process.StackStatistics – constructor and doCalculations() rely on bit depth. The 24 bit stuff can use getType instead. But the 8 & 16 cases may be fine. Investigate further.
  • ij.CompositeImage – constructor assumes 24-bit == RGB. Simple fix.
  • ij.ImagePlusrevert() and show() use bit depth but 8 bit cases. So may be safe but best to replace. Simple fix.
  • ij.VirtualStackgetProcessor switches on bit depth. Can only support 8, 16, 24, and 32. This is probably okay from the looks of it.


Additional methods desired in ImageProcessor and subclasses:

  • double support: setting via setd() by (x,y) or by index
  • long support: getting/setting via getl()/setl() by (x,y) or by index

Further changes:

  • replace use of ImagePlus::getBytesPerPixel() with ImagePlus::getActualBytesPerPixel() where needed