VIEW-Station Software Distribution : Tools for a
Platform-Independent Image Processing Workstation
Canon Information Systems Research Center in Japan has been
involved in developing UNIX workstation-based image process-
ing software called "VIEW-Station" (Vision and Image
Engineering WorkStation), and now they have completed the
pre-release version and are looking for trial sites. In
Japan, the software is already being used by more than 50
research groups. The principal aim of the project is to
provide a common base for image processing applications in
order to avoid unnecessary duplication of work.
The software runs on the configurations of either a worksta-
tion + image processing hardware, or a standalone worksta-
The VIEW-Station software comprises:
A C++ based image processing programming tool with
image-oriented data type facilities.
A set of image processing modules. The users can cope
with different image processing hardware just by
replacing this library.
A window tool for image processing based on the X Win-
dow System (X11R3 or X11R4). It provides a set of
various widgets specialised for dealing with images on
The software has been tested to run on Sun workstations (3
and 4) under SunOS4.0. However, the distribution will be in
a source form so that it may be possible to port to other
machines such as HP and DECstation with some effort.
In addition, they are working on further development of the
software, e.g. they are planning to release a command inter-
preter and a visual shell on top of the above mentioned
modules. They are looking for academic partners for that
They would like the software to be used by many people and
distribute for a nominal charge, though agreement with Canon
Inc. will be necessary. At the current stage, in Europe, the
distribution will be restricted only to academic sites.
As Canon Research Europe is representing the project in
Europe, if interested or any queries, please e-mail to the
Please make sure to include your name and address (e-mail &
postal). In return, we will send you more information.
Canon Research Centre Europe, 17/20 Frederick Sanger Rd.
The Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 5YD, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 483 574325 Fax: +44 (0) 483 574360