Innovative Technologies

Kitware is continually evolving and developing solutions in new areas. The toolkits and projects listed on this page are new, innovative technologies. We're building communities around these projects, as they evolve from an emerging idea to a well-performing solution. While these projects do not have the lengthy histories or large communities of our mature solutions, they are critical components of Kitware's open-source solution arsenal.

Kitware develops ActiViz to provide developers with an easy way to harness the power of VTK in a .NET environment. ActiViz generates C# wrappers around VTK, providing a powerful and developer-friendly interface to VTK.

BatchMake is a cross-platform, open-source tool for batch processing large quantities of data, either locally or on distributed systems. BatchMake uses a CMake-like scripting language and provides users with a central remote website for easy, online statistical analysis.

Catalyst is an open-source data analysis and visualization library designed to be tightly coupled with simulation codes. It can be directly embedded into parallel simulation codes to perform in situ analysis at run time.

Kitware collaborates with other team members on the Common Toolkit (CTK) project. CTK is designed to support biomedical imaging efforts not addressed through other software options. Current intiatives focus on DICOM image support, DICOM application hosting, widgets, and a plugin framework.


KiwiViewer is an open-source application for exploring geometric scientific and medical datasets on Android and iOS mobile devices with multi-touch interaction. KiwiViewer is a part of Kitware's VES toolkit—an open-source foundation for creating visualization apps for OpenGL ES environments.



  Kitware is the primary developer of the Lesion Sizing Toolkit, which provides an open-source modular platform for lesion sizing.


Midas Platform is Kitware's versatile, open-source, web-enabled data management solution. Midas provides a cohesive system for data management, visualization, and processing. At its core, Midas Platform is implemented as a PHP modular framework with a backend database (PostGreSQL, MySQL and non-relational databases).

Kitware is leading the Open Chemistry project, which brings together the leading collection of open-source, cross-platform libraries and applications for the exploration, analysis, and generation of chemical data. The project builds upon efforts by collaborators and innovators in open chemistry such as the Blue Obelisk, Quixote and the associated projects.

The Reconstruction Toolkit (RTK) is an open-source and cross-platform software for fast circular cone-beam CT reconstruction based on the Insight Toolkit (ITK). RTK is developped by the RTK consortium.




VES is the VTK OpenGL ES Rendering Toolkit, a C++ rendering library that uses OpenGL ES 2.0. VES is developed by Kitware, and enables mobile developers to harness the full functionality of VTK for their scientific and medical visualization mobile applications.



VolView is an open-source, cross-platform, interactive system for volume visualization that enables researchers to quickly explore and analyze complex 3D medical or scientific data.