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Luts Macros and Tools Updater

Tuesday 7 July 2009, by Gilles Carpentier

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This revision [1] of the Luts Macros and Tools Updater [2], built as a toolset, perfoms a live update of the ImageJ macros and LUTs repertories.

  • It looks for new and updated "Macros" (including "Examples"), "Tools" and "Toolsets", and installs them.
  • It looks for new Lookup Tables (LUTs) and installs them: more than 100 available among "Distribution", "Main Collection", "Other" sets.
  • The old versions of "Macros", "Examples", "Tools" and "Toolsets" are archived.
  • Installation reports are given.
  • It takes in charge the restoration/installation of LUTs folder, macros folder and macro sub-repertories, when removed by mistake, or in distribution without macros and luts folder (like Scion versions for example).

    What’s new in that version:

  • Now updates macros in "real time mode" instead of using static lists (kept as option) [3].
  • Added the "Examples" macros sub-repertory update [4].
  • Added almost 100 LUTs taken from the ImageJ web site [5]. The installed LUTs can be visualized through a "palette" [6].
  • It can be run from the "Toolset bar icon", and by the "Plugins -> Macros" sub-menu (ImageJ, not Jiji for now).


[1Carpentier G. Contribution: LUTs Macros and Tools Updater toolset, 1.1a revision, 07 July 2009.

[2Carpentier G. Contribution: LUTs Macros and Tools Updater, ImageJ News, 28 November 2006.

[3Carpentier G. Contribution. List Online Macros, a macro that generates a list of all the macros, tools and toolsets available on the ImageJ website. ImageJ News, 8 June 2009. Commented code here.

[4ImageJ macros repertories updatable: "Macros" master folder, "Examples", "Tools" and "Toolsets" sub-folders.

[5LUTs repertory of the ImageJ web site:

[6Mutterer J. Contribution: Show All LUTs macro, which displays a montage of all the LUTs in the luts folder. ImageJ News, 20 April 2006.

logoij ImageJ ( is a public domain Java image processing program inspired by NIH Image for the Macintosh. It runs, either as an online applet or as a downloadable application, on any computer with a Java 1.1 or later virtual machine. Downloadable distributions are available for Windows, Mac OS, Mac OS X and Linux. The author, Wayne Rasband (, is at the Research Services Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Gilles Carpentier, Faculte des Sciences et Technologie,
Universite Paris Est Creteil Val-de-Marne, France.

Special thanks to Alessandra Albano for the English correction of these sites.
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