Originally, AmiraŽ was designed and developed by the Visualization and Data Analysis Group at ZIB. For a couple of years now it has also been commercially developed and distributed by the companies Visage Imaging, Berlin, and VSG - Visualization Sciences Group, France. While AmiraŽ is distributed by Visage Imaging, VSG distributes a derivative of AmiraŽ under the name AvizoŽ. Details about the history of Amira can be found in this Wikipedia article.
AmiraŽ remains the development platform for most of the research projects at the Department of Visualization and Data Analysis at ZIB. In order to provide a well-defined update of all research modules to research partners, an AmiraŽ release containing all research modules is built on a regular basis. This AmiraŽ version, which also includes most of AvizoŽ's functionality, is called ZIBAmira.
Research partners of ZIB are individuals or groups who actively participate in a joint research project aiming at joint publications, joint software development, and/or joint funding. If ZIBAmira licences are necessary for conducting the joint research project such research partners receive ZIBAmira licenses on an individual basis free of cost for the duration of the joint research project.
Research partners need to follow the subsequent instructions to obtain the software/license:
Obtain a download password. In order to download ZIBAmira you need a password for the download section. Please contact your project partner at ZIB to get the password.
Determine your Computer ID. Start ZIBAmira. The Amira License Manager will appear, showing the Computer ID. Send the Computer ID to your project partner at ZIB. Please also supply your name, address, email, phone number, institution, ZIB partner and a short description of the joint research project.
Enter the License File. After approval, you will receive a license file (password.dat) by Visage Imaging via email. This personalized, time-limited and host-specific license will be valid also for future ZIBAmira releases. Start ZIBAmira and import the license file in the Amira License Manager.