One of the most important features of itom is its plugin system. Using plugins, itom is able to communicate with many hardware components, such as framegrabbers, cameras, motor stages or other devices. Furthermore it is possible to develop user defined algorithms in C/C++ and put them into an algorithm plugin. The call to these algorithms is then possible via the Python scripting language or other plugins.

The itom setup already comes with many exemplary plugins. Other plugins are available as source files in the corresponding plugin repository (Plugins). Furthermore, the SDK of itom provide some template files for creating your own plugin using CMake and the development environment of your choice (see CMake Plugin).

Add a plugin to itom

Requirements to load a plugin library at startup of itom:

  1. The plugin library is contained in any subfolder of the folder plugin contained in the application (root) directory of itom
  2. If itom is build in debug, the plugin must be compiled in debug as well. The same holds for the default release versions.
  3. If the plugin depends on further 3rd party libraries, these libraries must be accessible by your operating system (on Windows: Their path must be contained in the PATH environment variable OR the necessary DLLs must be in the lib subfolder of itom or in the root directory of itom). Only if the plugin is able to load further libraries by means of a delay load mechanism, it is possible to also put 3rd party libraries in arbitrary folders.
  4. If your plugin depends on 3rd party libraries, please make sure that all plugins use exactly the same version of the same library.

Available plugins

The following plugins are contained in the open source plugin repository Plugins (and some of them are also already included in the setup of itom):

AndorSDK3 Andor Cameras supported by their SDK3
AvantesAvaSpec Avantes AvaSpec Spectrometer
AvtVimba AVT Cameras driven by Vimba interface
CMU1394 Firewire cameras supported by CMU1394 driver
CommonVisionBlox GenICam via Common Vision Blox
DummyGrabber Virtual camera providing random noise images
FileGrabber Virtual file camera (grabbing from image files)
FireGrabber Cameras supported by FirePackage from Allied Vision
Genicam Camera control of devices that support the GenICam standard
IDSuEyeCamera All IDS Imaging cameras
MSMediaFoundation USB Plug&Play Cameras, Webcams, including cameras from The Imaging Source
NITWidySWIR Cameras from company NIT (tested with USB2 WidySWIR 640U-S)
OpenCVGrabber USB Plug&Play Cameras and further cameras supported by OpenCV
PCOCamera PCO Cameras supported by the pco.sdk
PCOPixelFly PCO Pixelfly qet cameras with frame grabber board
PCOSensicam PCO Cameras supported by the pco.sensicam SDK
PGRFlyCapture Point Grey cameras (USB3) supported by Fly Capture driver
PmdPico pico flexx, pico maxx, pico monster
QCam Cameras from company QImaging
Vistek Cameras from company Vistek
VRMagic USB Cameras from company VRMagic (tested with framegrabber VRmAVC-2)
Ximea Cameras from company Ximea (tested with various xiQ USB3 cameras, mono & color)
AerotechEnsemble Axes from company Aerotech that can be driven using the Aerotech Ensemble interface
DummyMotor Virtual dummy motor with axis
FirgelliLAC One axis motor controller FirgelliLAC
LeicaMotorFocus Z-stage controller of Leica MZ12 or MZ12.5
NanotecStepMotor Motor-Controller Nanotec SMCP
PiezosystemJena_NV40_1 One axis piezo actuator from Piezosystem Jena (NV 40/1 CLE)
PI GCS2 Piezo controllers from Physik Instrumente - controlled by GCS2 commands (e.g. E753)
PI PiezoCtrl Piezo controller E662, E-816, E-621, E-625, E665 from Physik Instrumente
ST8SMC4USB (Standa) Motor-Controller STANDA 8SMC4-USB-B8-1
ThorlabsBP One or multi-axis piezo controllers of type Thorlabs Benchtop Piezo
ThorlabsISM Control Thorlabs Integrated Stepper Motors, e.g. K10CR1 Rotation Stage
UhlRegister Stages from Uhl (also compatible with Lang)
UhlText Stages from Uhl (also compatible with Lang and Merzhaeuser)
usbMotion3XIII USB Motion 3x III controller from COPTONIX GmbH (
CyUSB Any generic USB devices
DispWindow OpenGL based widget to show cosine and graycode sequences
GLDisplay OpenGL based widget to show any textures given by dataObjects
GWInstekPSP Power supplies PSP-405, PSP-603, PSP-2010 of company GWInstek
hidApi Any generic HID device
libUSB Any generic USB devices
LibModBus Modbus communication over TCP/IP and RTU
SerialIO COM-Ports (Windows), ttySx and ttyUSBx (Linux)
SuperlumBL Lightsource from company Superlum
SuperlumBS Lightsource from company SuperlumBS
ThorlabsPowerMeter Thorlabs Power and Energy Meter Consoles PM100x
MeasurementComputing Access to USB digital to analog converter
NI-DAQmx NI-ADDA Converter (requires NI-DAQmx Lib and DLL)
basicFilters Many filters for dataObject
basicGPLFilters Basic filter for dataObject (Despeckle,…)
dataObjectArithmetic Arithmetic calculations for dataObject
dataObjectIO Import/Export functions for dataObject
fittingFilters Fitting planes and surfaces
FFTWfilters Filter for FFT calculations
FringeProj Fringe projections methods
OpenCV Filters Wrapped algos for image processing
PclTools pointClouds and polygonMesh methods
RawImport Loading raw image format
Roughness Algo for roughness evaluation
X3P IO Load and Save x3p files

Plugin Development

If you have any hardware component that is not yet supported by itom or if you need to have a specific algorithm implemented as algorithm plugin, you have the following possibilities:

  • Start to develop your own plugin library and make this plugin available to anybody if you want to. More information about this can be found under Plugin Development
  • Since not all plugins are already available in the internet, ask us if for instance we already have the plugin you need.
  • Feel also free to contact us if you want us to develop a plugin for you.
  • Register to the mailing list and write further questions.