Recent Releases

July 24, 2014

VeloView 2.0 Released

The VeloView 2.0 release occurred at the SPAR International 3D Measurement & Imaging Conference, which was held from April 14 to April 17, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

New in version 2.0 of VeloView is the ability to record and display position packets. This capability is useful when a high accuracy GPS/IMU device is connected to the LiDAR sensor for geo-referencing.

Additional new features in version 2.0 include:

•    Measurement tools: ruler and plane fitting
•    Additional filtering options including laser selection and point subsampling
•    Additional cameral controls
•    Visualization of GPS track
•    Display of multiple simultaneous frames

More information on how Kitware and Velodyne have worked together on the development of VeloView is in the “Velodyne: A Case study in Open-Source Solutions” article on page six.

VeloView 2.0 and its source code can be downloaded from, and sample data is located on The VeloView 1.0 and VeloView 2.0 release videos can be found on Kitware’s Vimeo page.

CMake 3.0.0 Released

Significant changes were made to CMake in version 3.0. For example, the CMake language was extended with *Bracket Argument* and *Bracket Comment* syntax whose contents are not evaluated by CMake, and the CMake documentation was converted to reStructuredText.

Furthermore, the “add_library()” command learned a new “INTERFACE” library type, the “export()” command learned a new “EXPORT” mode that retrieves the list of targets to export from an export set configured by the “install(TARGETS)” command “EXPORT” option, and the “project()” command learned to set some version variables to values specified by the new “VERSION” option or to empty strings.

The source and binaries for CMake 3.0 are available to download from The documentation and the release notes can be found under the Help menu on CMake’s website.

CDash 2.2 Released

CDash—the open-source, web-based software testing server—has had another major release. CDash aggregates, analyzes, and displays the results of software testing processes submitted from clients around the world, conveying the state of a software system to continually improve its quality. This new release fixes more than 80 bugs and adds more than 10 new features including:

•    Support for JUnit and NUnit tests
•    Support for Perforce Web Client
•    Support for Redmine repository browser
•    Better support for PostgreSQL including version 9
•    The addition of developers statistics
•    News feed messages
•    New coverage presentation
•    Overall speed and robustness improvements

More information is available on

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ITK 4.6.0-rc02 Ready for Testing

On behalf of the ITK community, we are pleased to announce that the second ITK 4.6.0 release candidate is available for testing. ITK community members are welcome to test the release candidate and share their experiences on the mailing list, issue tracker, and Gerrit Code Review.

For details on obtaining the source code, please see the ITK Wiki page.

New features of the release candidate include:

•    CMake improvements
•    Filtering improvements
•    ImageO improvements
•    Infrastructure improvements
•    New remote modules
•    Registrationv4 improvements
•    Performance improvements
•    Wrapping improvements

In addition, the release candidate offers improved code coverage and style, as well as other bug fixes. For more details, please see

Final Bender 2.0 Release Candidate

Kitware is pleased to announce the final release candidate for Bender 2.0. Features in version 2.0 include a new approach to posing anatomical models by using the Finite Element Method (FEM). The numerical solution enabled by FEM allows the anatomy to be correctly repositioned, while preserving the volume of each organ.

Two highly successful open-source projects were integrated to provide the new features found in Bender 2.0: Cleaver (for generating multi-material tetrahedral meshes from labelmap volumes) and SOFA (for its extensive simulation engine and collision detection).

The binaries for the release candidate are available on The code can be found on, and the documentation is on the Bender Wiki page.


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