Eclipse ImageJ Plugin Update Available


A new update of the Eclipse ImageJ plugin is available. This update comes with some nice editor improvements and now displays the image window information in the status line of Bio7 or (see screenshot below).

New in 1.53i (1.53.i25):

  • Updated ImageJ plugin to version 1.53i25
  • Improved the ImageJ macro editor speed. No more flickering editor markers if the files are bigger
  • Added a editor hoover to display editor hex color values and when selected the color and a hoover action to set the hex color with a dialog in place.
  • Added a sort and collapse action to the macro editor outline view.
  • Added the image information (which is normally displayed in the image window) to the Eclipse status line if a tab is selected or a stack/composite slider is moved.
  • Added an action to change the tab title color according to the color of the selected composite image channel.
  • Added a new color action for the new ImageJ message display method (tab title color and toolbar color)
  • Improved the outline redraw action for MacOSX

To update the ImageJ plugin in Bio7 open the Help->Install New Software dialog and select the ImageJ update site. If you have updated the ImageJ plugin before you can also execute the Help->Check for Updates action.

Bio7 3.2 Released


A new version of Bio7 is available. This update comes with a plethora of new features, improvements and bugfixes.

Bio7 3.2 Dark theme enabled using the spatstat package examples and plots.

For those who don’t know Bio7. The application Bio7 is an integrated development environment for ecological modeling, scientific image analysis and statistical analysis.

It also contains a feature complete development environment for R with an advanced R editor, R developer tools and interfaces to perform scientific image analysis with R and the embedded ImageJ application.

New and Noteworthy


  • Bio7 3.2 RCP (Rich Client Platform) built upon Eclipse 4.17
  • Bundled with AdoptOpenJDK 14.0.2 and JavaFX 15
  • Bundled with R 4.0.3 (Windows only!)
  • Added an image classification plugin for supervised and unsupervised image classification (using R and ImageJ – see R-Shell view context menu “Image Classification”). For an overview and details, see:

Image Classification plugin (Dark Theme enabled)

  • Menus and scrollbars are now dark on Windows, too
  • Improved the dynamic script menus. Nested folders can be hidden for complex Java plugins (see image classification plugin).
  • Updated several Java libraries (Groovy, POI, etc.)
  • Improved several view layouts (showing scrollbars if necessary)
  • Changed all SWT ExpandBars to CTabFolders to improve the display when the dark theme is selected
  • Added more default fast wizards actions to the toolbar menu (to create Bio7 projects with files in one action)

Opened fast wizard menu (Dark Theme enabled)

  • Added new API methods (e.g., an R script job interface)
  • Enabled the recognition of Eclipse supported ASCII control characters in the console (see preferences)
  • Improved the compilation of pure LaTeX files without the necessity to run Rserve
  • Improved the dark theme on Windows, Linux and MacOSX


  • Updated the ImageJ plugin to version 1.53g34 (see ImageJ release notes)
  • Improved the visual interface for debugging
  • The main view menu can now be extended dynamically from plugins
  • ImageJ macros updated
  • Toolbar menus improved
  • Converted the ImageJ toolbar menus to SWT to display the dark theme
  • Converted several ImageJ context menus to SWT (recognizable on HighDPI, Linux GTK)
  • For all changes since the last release, see:


  • Updated the embedded R application on Windows
  • The R plugin can now be updated individually
  • Added a new ‘Load Packages’ table to display installed R packages and if updates available (selected packages can be updated in this view, too)

Load Packages tab (Dark Theme)

  • Added a grammar rule for raw string literals to the R editor (thanks to Bart Kiers)
  • Added a database preference to store the XML database profile file in a different (secret) location.
  • Fixed some minor R-Shell bugs

R + ImageJ

  • Added an option to transfer ImageJ ROI groups or special ROI names as class signatures to R (ROI Manager transfer actions in the Image-Methods view)
  • Improved the ROI stack transfer for virtual stacks (to load and transfer disk resident image stacks)
  • Improved several functions for the new image classification plugin

Download and Installation:


Just download the *.zip distribution file from and unzip it in your preferred location. Bio7 comes bundled with a Java Runtime Environment, R and Rserve distribution and works out of the box.


Download and extract the installation file from
For Linux you have to install R and Rserve (see Rserve installation below!).


Download and extract the installation file from

If you start Bio7 a warning or error can occur because of the changes how Apple treats signatures! To allow Bio7 to start see this instructions for Yosemite, Sierra, Mojave and Big Sur:

First try to open the app with the context menu to allow the execution. If that won’t work try the following:

Yosemite: Open an app from an unidentified developer

Sierra: Open an app from an unidentified developer

Moave and Sierra: How to fix “Application” is damaged and can’t be opened error in macOS Mojave and High Sierra.

In addition for MacOSX you have to install R and Rserve (see below!).

Linux and MacOSX Rserve (compiled for cooperative mode) installation:

To install Rserve open the ‘Native R’ console in the ‘Console’ view and then execute the view menu action “Options -> Install Rserve (coop. mode) for R …” for different R versions (SSL 1.1 version for Linux Ubuntu > 19.10).
This will download and install Rserve in your default R library location, see video below (please make sure that your default Linux R library install location has writing permissions!):

How to install Rserve for Linux and MacOSX:

In cooperative mode only one connection at a time is allowed (which we want for this Desktop apl.) and all subsequent connections share the same namespace (default on Windows)!

Bio7 Documentation

For more information about Bio7 please consult the soon updated Bio7 User Guide.

A plethora of Bio7 videotutorials for an introduction can be found on YouTube.


Supervised Image Classification with ImageJ and R in Bio7


It’s a while ago that I wrote about supervised image classification combining ImageJ and R in Bio7 (see video here). Later I decided to create a classification Graphical User Interface for Bio7 to make this process easier and implement typical functions for convenience.

However it took some time to finish a first version of this plugin and also to create a first documentation – working on it when I had some time to spare.

Click on the screenshot below to see a video on YouTube:

The plugin uses mainly the Java API of ImageJ to load, transform and filter images for a feature stack and transfer ROI (Region Of Interest) selections of this stack (pixel values) to R to train and classify the data with dedicated R scripts. The GUI itself reuses a powerful ImageJ component to collect selections (ROI Manager) and is embedded in a flexible view container (can be dragged around and detached).

Until now the plugin supports several datatypes, conversions, filters (features) and a GUI to apply a trained R classifier on multiple selected images or directories with the selected features easily.

The simple R scripts which can be executed from the GUI are using by default the randomForest package to train and classify the images. Automatically the classified results are transferred back to ImageJ for visualization and post-processing, e.g.,  object detection or particle analysis.

For a reproducible workflow all selections (using ROI Manager methods) and current GUI settings can be saved, e.g., for classification workflows of different tasks (cell detection, landscape analysis, etc.).

The plugin itself can be downloaded and installed via Github (e.g., using the Eclipse EGit plugin) and then compiled dynamically. Later it will be shipped with the upcoming Bio7 3.2 release.

At all the plugin is concepted in that way that it can be extended easily (extending the GUI  interface using, e.g., the free Eclipse WindowBuilder plugin or simply extending the R scripts).
I tried to hold the source compact, as easy as possible and as complex as necessary.

The installation details and documentation can be found on the dedicated Github page:

If you have some suggestions or ideas for improvements of the plugin let me know.

If you don’t know Bio7 at all:

The plugin can be installed into the OpenSource software Bio7 which can be found here:

Update the ImageJ Plugin for Bio7


In Bio7 it is easy to update the Eclipse ImageJ plugin to the latest version. Open the main menu Help -> Install new Software dialog and add the following update site entry (see screenshot below) to install the update:

It might be recommended to externalize the default ImageJ plugin location (the plugins to extend ImageJ) in the Bio7 preferences (Preferences -> Preferences ImageJ -> Plugins Path) thus that the updates don’t overwrite the default location.

You could for example set the path to a local and remote Github repository to share the plugins with a team.

A change in the preferences will automatically update the ImageJ classpath at runtime (as in the ImageJ menu Help -> Refresh Menus).

ImageJ Plugin Update


A new ImageJ plugin update is available which can be installed into Bio7 3.1 (as an update) or Eclipse. Several new features are available.

Release Notes

  • Updated ImageJ plugin to version 1.52u28
  • Added a new thumbnail action to the context menu of the ‘Navigator’ view to open image and LUT files of a selected directory.
  • LUT’s can now be displayed (preview) in the ‘Thumbnails’ view. The selected LUT will be applied on the current supported ImageJ image (grayscale).
  • The Image info is now displayed as a popup in the ‘Thumbnails’ view (if you hoover over an item).
  • Added a ‘Detach All Images’ action (menu ‘Window’) to transfer all opened tab images to a view (which can be moved and arranged like a separate window)
  • Improved dark theme for AWT on Windows, MacOSX and Linux.
  • Added custom text properties to allow future dark themes or disable dark theme color schemes.
  • Improved the canvas layout for HighDPI displays on Windows.
  • Added new default macro editor templates.
  • Improved the default AWT fonts (using OS fonts).
  • Fixed a SWT memory bug not releasing native children of image tabs.
  • ImageJ Plugin Perspective with opened Thumbnail view (Windows)


To install the plugin the latest Java >=8 is required (only for Eclipse) and an installation of Eclipse or Bio7 3.1 (which is already bundled with OpenJDK 13.0.2).

The plugin can be installed from the Eclipse Marketplace:

As an alternative (and update for Bio7 3.1) open the Help->Install new Software dialog and add the following update site (see screenshot below):

Then install the following features (see screenshot below):

Note for Bio7 3.1:

When installing the update for Bio7 3.1 don’t forget to recalculate the JDT Project Classpath for Java Projects (Context Menu ‘Project Explorer’ -> Fix Project Classpath) for the updated ImageJ plugin location.