ActiViz Product Family Introduced

March 1, 2001

Kitware announced today the release of ActiViz/COM and ActiViz/Tcl, the first new products in the ActiViz embeddable visualization product line.

ActiViz is a family of software products that allow you to embed active visualization tools into documents and applications that support ActiveX controls. Depending on your requirements, you can use Visual Basic, Tcl/Tk, and embeddable ActiveX controls to extend such applications as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Explorer, and Visual Basic. Using ActiViz, you can take advantage of the hundreds of imaging, 3D graphics, and visualization filters available in the VTK (Visualization Toolkit) open-source visualization system.

ActiViz/TCL is an embeddable control that lets you use VTK (the Visualization Toolkit) wrapped with Tcl inside of Microsoft documents. You can either load external Tcl scripts, or build the scripts into the application. The Tcl control can be embedded into Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Explorer documents. ActiViz/Tcl 1.1 is available for free download a 30-day trial application period.

ActiViz/COM is a complete Microsoft COM compatible interface to the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) software system. With ActiViz/COM, users can embed the power of 3D graphics, image processing, volume rendering, and visualization into any Microsoft application supporting embeddable controls. Users can create compelling 3D documents with Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Explorer, and Visual Basic using the VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) scripting language. ActiViz is based on the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), used around the world by research, commercial, and academic institutions. ActiViz/COM 1.1 is available for free download a 30-day trial application period.

Kitware, Inc. is a leading software development company providing products and services in the areas of medical image analysis, visualization and 3D graphics, supercomputing, computer vision, open publication, and software quality process. Kitware is known for its advanced open source software tools such as the widely used Visualization Toolkit (VTK), Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), and the CMake build management software. Established in 1998, Kitware is rapidly growing to support top research and development clients around the world; including such prestigious customers as the US National Labs (Sandia, Los Alamos, Livermore, and Argonne), the National Institutes of Health, the Army and Air Force Research labs, and a variety of academic, commercial and governmental research labs. Our commercial customers range from Fortune 500 oil and gas companies to small medical imaging start ups.

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