Learn what's new in the latest release of Amira-Avizo Software

Thermo Scientific Amira-Avizo Software Version 2020.1 rolls out exciting new tools and enhancements. Read on for a quick introduction to these features and links to resources offering more information.

Amira-Avizo Software 2020.1 introduces a new look and feel based on dark, contrasting visuals. This new user interface offers a more modern appearance. For those of you who are using other Thermo Scientific electron microscopy applications, the user experience will be enhanced, as the look and feel is consistent across software suites. These enhancements provide better readability, which improves comfort by reducing eye strain. And they save energy, too. Additionally, support for 4K displays has also been greatly improved.


The 2D ScaleBar module has been enhanced to enable the display of bar length using the currently selected display unit, improving visibility regardless of image contrast.


New in 2019.4

New colormaps

2 new color maps are introduced in this version, invertedGrayScale and volrenYellowInverted. Your 2D and 3D visualization will benefit from these new colormaps when the background information in the image has a higher intensity than the structures of interest.

Figure 1: Tomogram of Golgi Apparatus, imaged with Cryo-EM. Top: standard grayscale, Bottom: invertedGrayscale, left: slice display, right: volume rendering. Data courtesy of Dr. Benjamin Engel, Dept. of Molecular Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany. Original publication of data: Bykov et al. 2017. Elife 6: e32493. doi:10.7554/eLife.32493

Convert image type module benefits of a simplified normalization

The module Convert Image Type has been enhanced to offer a simplified interface for normalizing intensities before casting, using explicit ranges and appropriate default values.


Easier script sharing

Absolute script path evolved to relative path in order to avoid the previous path update needed.
What is a relative path: A relative path starts from some given working directory, avoiding the need to provide the full absolute path.

With this version, when saving the recipe, the absolute path is replaced by a relative one if the change is possible. To do so, the recipe should be saved next to or below the script in the file tree. Of course, the file tree should be kept as is when sharing.

FEI TIFF color images

The 2019.4 version of Amira-Avizo for EM Sytems now supports the FEI TIFF color images.

Access to column of spreadsheet

With this new 2019.4 version, you can make statistical analysis for column containing scalar values using the new method ‘HxSpreadSheetInterface.Column.asarray’

New remote procedure call package

You can now send and receive Python commands via TCP/IP sockets from a Client to a Server that will interpret the command. It allows you to create Python script which generates a complete compute module workflow and execute it on the server side.

Fast image augmentation

The albumentations is now standard in the Python environment created with Deep Learning packages.

Amira-Avizo Software Upgrades

Amira Software, Avizo Software, Avizo Software for Industrial Inspection and Amira-Avizo Software for EM Systems 2020.1 are regular upgrades and will be provided free-of-charge to all users under valid maintenance.

These new versions also bring many improvements and fixes to known issues.

What was new

Amira-Avizo Software 2019.4
Released on January 2020

Amira-Avizo Software 2019.3
Released on November 2019

Amira-Avizo Software 2019.2
Released on June 2019