The two main goals of OMERO.figure were to make it quick to get the layout of images right AND easy to adjust the settings of multiple panels at once.
Dragging and dropping of images is the most intuitive way of creating a particular layout. But aligning them all into a grid that is typical in most figures takes time. OMERO.figure has a “grid” button that will attempt to snap all the selected images into a grid with thin spaces between them. Also, when you copy and paste a row of images, OMERO.figure will position them directly below the original row with appropriate spacing. If you copy a column, it will be pasted as a new column to the right.
In a traditional figure creation workflow, you need to choose the settings of each panel at the time you export it from your imaging software. By ‘settings’ I mean:
- Channels on / off
- Rendering settings / levels
- Z section & Timepoint
- Zoom and pan
However, if you wish to change these once you have started to assemble your figure in Photoshop or Illustrator, you often have to go back and re-export the image.
With OMERO.figure, the first step is to bring your chosen images from OMERO into your figure. Then you can adjust all the settings of each panel as you construct the figure. If you want to change the Z-section or timepoint of a multi-dimensional image, you simply select the panel and drag the sliders in the viewer on the right.
In many figures it’s common to compare images with different experimental treatments by applying the same settings to each one. For example, turning the same channels on / off or selecting the same time points in multiple movies.
In OMERO.figure, you can syncronise the settings across multiple images by selecting the appropriate panels, then adjusting the settings in the ‘Preview’ viewer to the right.