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XITE consists of display programs with image widget and graphical user interface as well as more than 200 command line programs and 600 subroutines for, all documented on-line. XITE uses its own image file format (BIFF), but comes with converters between BIFF and TIFF, pnm, sunraster, raw, MATLAB and ascii.

The command line programs and subroutine library are written in C and run under UNIX, Windows NT and Windows 95.

The display programs run under UNIX. They work with images of arbitrary size and pixel type on 8-bit PseudoColor and 24-bit DirectColor and TrueColor X11 displays. Images can be zoomed and panned, and colortables can be selected from a menu. The main display program, xshow, gives access to most of the other command line programs via a menu interface which the user can customize and extend to include local programs. Input images for the menu entries can be selected with the mouse, and output images appear on the display.

The available programs include operations such as statistics, merging, resampling, arithmetic/logical/relational operations, rotation, mirroring, affine transformations, convolution, filter design, Fourier/Hartley/Haar/Hough transforms, color manipulation, histogram transformations, global and local thresholding, binary thinning, edge detection, morphological operations, classification, image analysis and texture estimation.

A toolkit is supplied to simplify development of X11 based applications.

Current Version:   3.4

License Type:   Free,

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   Not for Linux. (there is prebuilt Windows distribution)

Targeted Platforms:

IBM RS/6000 AIX, SGI IRIX, PC Linux, DEC Alpha, SunOS, Solaris, Windows NT/95

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