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Kitware's ActiViz .NET Tool is Now Free and Open Source


Kitware's ActiViz .NET Tool is Now Free and Open Source

Software developers can easily embed advanced 3D visualization in Microsoft .NET applications

Clifton Park, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) January 31, 2011

Kitware, a software service company that builds open-source platforms and develops advanced research solutions, today announced the release of the source code for ActiViz .NET under a BSD license.

The unique ActiViz .NET tool is used for generating C# wrappers around Kitware's Visualization Toolkit (VTK). VTK, which has been under development for more than 15 years, is an object-oriented C++ toolkit for advanced visualization and data processing used by thousands of researchers and software developers world-wide.

ActiViz .NET enables developers to combine the power of VTK with the many .NET framework objects for web and database access in order to quickly develop production-ready, interactive 3D applications in the .NET environment. Available as source code or as a pre-built WinForms Control, ActiViz .NET includes examples, online documentation, and supports IntelliSense in the .NET Framework

Originally a proprietary product, the release of ActiViz.NET as open source will grant developers the freedom to customize and utilize the software to meet their specific needs. “Kitware remains committed to building a strong open-source community around VTK,” said Lisa Avila, vice president of commercial operations at Kitware. “By releasing ActiViz .Net as open source, we hope to attract .NET developers who share our enthusiasm for free and open-source software.”

ActiViz will now join the other free software tools already provided by Kitware, such as MIDAS and VolView, which were released last year.

For more information on ActiViz.NET or download instructions, please visit the website.

About Kitware

Kitware, Inc. is a leader in the creation and support of open source software and state of the art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. Kitware leverages its open-source communities and diverse technical expertise to provide advanced custom solutions for a host of complex technical problems. Founded in 1998, Kitware's team is widely recognized for their major contributions to a variety of open-source software systems including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and ParaView. Kitware has made an impact in areas such as visualization, data publishing, medical imaging, quality software process, computer vision and informatics. Among Kitware's global customers and collaborators are a variety of academic research facilities, government institutions and private corporations worldwide. Kitware's products and services include software support, consulting, custom application development and training and productivity tools that leverage open source systems. For more information please visit


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