The VisAD visualization toolkit is a Java component library for interactive and collaborative visualization and analysis of numerical data. VisAD uses Bio-Formats to read many image formats, notably TIFF.


The visad.jar file has Bio-Formats bundled inside, so no further installation is necessary.


It should be possible to use a newer version of Bio-Formats by putting the latest bioformats_package.jar or formats-gpl.jar before visad.jar in the class path. Alternately, you can create a “VisAD Lite” using the make lite command from VisAD source, and use the resultant visad-lite.jar, which is a stripped down version of VisAD without sample applications or Bio-Formats bundled in.