Kitware Announces the Release of KiwiViewer in the Apple App Store

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The newest application from Kitware allows interaction with 3D geometric datasets on the iPad

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Kitware, one of the fastest growing open-source companies in the country, today announced the release of a free, interactive application for the exploration of geometric datasets in the Apple App Store.

This new application, named KiwiViewer, allows users to access 3D datasets from email attachments or through Dropbox and easily pan, zoom and rotate with intuitive multi-touch gestures on an iPad.

“We are very excited to be expanding our cross-platform solutions to mobile devices,” said Brad Davis, a technical leader at Kitware. “KiwiViewer is Kitware’s first application designed exclusively for a mobile device, and we are actively working to port existing toolkits, such as VTK, onto mobile platforms.”

Built on top of Kitware’s new VES toolkit to support OpenGL ES rendering and multi-touch interaction, and portions of VTK for data loading and filtering, KiwiViewer can load STL, OBJ and VTK surface geometry files. Kitware is currently working with several commercial customers to develop additional functionality and customized mobile applications.

Kitware plans to release both VES and the KiwiViewer application as open source by the end of 2011. In addition to the open-source release, Kitware hopes to expand KiwiViewer onto additional mobile platforms such as the iPhone and Android-based devices.

Kitware will be attending MICCAI from September 18-23 in Toronto, and VisWeek from October 23-28 in Providence, where the company will be highlighting KiwiViewer and providing demonstrations. If you would like to arrange a meeting at either of these events to discuss mobile computing projects or KiwiViewer, please contact Kitware at kitware(at)kitware(dot)com.

KiwiViewer development is supported in part by Kitware and the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing (NAMIC).

About Kitware
Kitware, Inc. is a leader in the creation and support of open source software and state of the art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. Kitware leverages its open-source communities and diverse technical expertise to provide advanced custom solutions for a host of complex technical problems. Founded in 1998, Kitware's team is widely recognized for their major contributions to a variety of open-source software systems including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and ParaView. Kitware has made an impact in areas such as visualization, data publishing, medical imaging, quality software process, computer vision and informatics. Among Kitware's global customers and collaborators are a variety of academic research facilities, government institutions and private corporations worldwide. Kitware's products and services include software support, consulting, custom application development and training and productivity tools that leverage open source systems. For more information, please visit


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