Originally, Amira was designed and developed by the Department of Visual Data Analysis at ZIB. It is now commercially developed and distributed under the product names Amira and Avizo by FEI Visualization Sciences Group. Details about the history of Amira can be found in this Wikipedia article.

Amira remains the development platform for many research projects at the Department of Visual Data Analysis at ZIB. For this purpose, ZIB maintains a version of Amira for Research Partners. Research partners are individuals who actively participate in a joint research project with ZIB aiming at joint publications, joint software development, and/or joint funding. ZIB can provide Amira for Research Partners for the duration of the project on an individual basis free of charge.

Amira ZIB Edition or ZIBAmira?

There are two variants of Amira for Research Partners:

If you do not know which version to download, please ask your contact at ZIB.

How to cite Amira?

If you are publishing research results for which you have utilized the software Amira, please acknowledge this by mentioning it. You can also cite the following paper describing the Amira software:

Detlev Stalling, Malte Westerhof and Hans-Christian Hege. Amira: a Highly Interactive System for Visual Data Analysis.
In: Charles D. Hansen and Chris R. Johnson (eds.), The Visualization Handbook, pp. 749-767, Elsevier, 2005.

or, in BibTeX format:

              title={{Amira}: a Highly Interactive System for Visual Data Analysis},
              author={Stalling, Detlev and Westerhoff, Malte and Hege, Hans-Christian},
              booktitle={The Visualization Handbook},
              editors={Hansen, Charles D. and Johnson, Chris R.},