OSA ISP is an image viewing application developed by OSA—The Optical Society—in cooperation with Kitware, Inc., and the National Library of Medicine. The software allows interactive viewing of a wide range of 2D and 3D image data formats including DICOM, TIFF, and JPEG images. Authors can use the tool to build custom views of image data that can be saved, integrated with peer-reviewed articles, and shared with readers through the OSA journals. See the OSA ISP Help Manual
Access to full OSA ISP authoring functionality is freely available for 30 days following activation. After 30 days, the software reverts to reader mode. In reader mode, one can interactively view data associated with OSA ISP articles but cannot load other data or use the authoring tools. Authors who need an extended license to use for preparing an OSA journal article should contact OSA staff.
For ISP links to work properly, you must have the OSA ISP software installed, and you must use Acrobat 7 or later. The following article describes how to change the behavior so PDF articles are opened up in a separate Adobe Reader window: http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=331025. See the section that starts with "Configuring the browser to open PDF files in an Acrobat window." Forcing the PDF to open in a separate Adobe Window may resolve problems with browser and Acrobat behavior. Another option is to save the PDF article locally and view it outside of a web browser.
The Adobe PDF Reader has a setting that allows you to specify what should happen when you click on a PDF link. The following article describes how to change the behavior so PDF articles are opened up in a separate Adobe Reader window: http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=331025. See the section that starts with "Configuring the browser to open PDF files in an Acrobat window." Another option is to save the PDF article locally and view it outside of a web browser.
Try these steps to get ISP working on a Macintosh:
Questions about the OSA ISP software can be directed to ISPHelp@osa.org or (202) 416-1938.
We recommend use of the free OSA ISP software for viewing ISP image datasets. With OSA ISP software, readers be able to view and explore the data through the same perspective as the authors, editors, and reviewers. However, the source data as provided by the author is available in the MIDAS repository and can be loaded into any capable software application. Tabular data, video files, and other media associated with a manuscript must be viewed through appropriate applications.
Authors can save customized views of their data as OSA ISP Sessions Files. The Session Files instruct the OSA ISP software to re-create the author's rotations, annotations, measurements, etc., and display them for readers. OSA ISP journal articles have links directly to ISP Session Files.
MIDAS is a searchable online repository of the datasets and data descriptions associated with an ISP article. Through MIDAS, readers can access authors' source data and custom data views.
Datasets displayed in OSA ISP software are saved on the user's local computer and can be accessed offline. It is also possible to download an entire data collection for an article from the article's MIDAS page. Both high- and low-resolution versions of the data collections are available.
The OSA ISP software is designed to provide a fast initial data view. To achieve this, both high- and low-resolution versions of the data are prepared. The low-resolution data is served up first by default while the high-resolution downloads in the background. Entire data collections can also be downloaded in either high- or low-resolution formats from the MIDAS article page.