Plugins

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 Plugins repository. 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 Plugins repository (and some of them are also already included in the setup of itom):

Cameras

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

ThorlabsCCS

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)

Motors/Actuators

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 (www.coptonix.com)

DataIO

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

AD-Converter

MeasurementComputing

Access to USB digital to analog converter

NI-DAQmx

NI-ADDA Converter (requires NI-DAQmx Lib and DLL)

Algorithm/Filter

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.