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Oma for Mac

By Developers of OMA Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 9, 2014

An acronym for Optical Multi-Channel Analyzer, OMA for Mac acts as a photometric image processing and display software. Though this app's framework is rather old, its main features can still come in handy.

Pros

Feature-rich: OMA for Mac offers a wide range of features including camera and digital I/O control, 2D vector field processing, macro scriptability, basic and complex image processing, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) processing routines, and the ability to display photometric images with custom color maps, all of which work as intended.

Plenty of macros: The official Web site of the software features many free macros and sample OMA images created by other users.

GNU Public License: OMA for Mac's full source code is available for download. However, you need to register if you plan to modify it.

Cons

Outdated programming language: The most recent version (version 3.0) of the app was built using Carbon framework, a relatively outdated language especially in the context of running applications on Mac OS. A new version is in the works, though. It will be Cocoa-based and will employ C++ image class.

No 64-bit mode: The upcoming version of this software will run in 64-bit mode and is expected to offer better performance.

Bottom Line

While OMA for Mac features a photometric image processing and display software that can still be useful to some, this app feels outdated, overall. It needs to be updated to properly compete with other similar applications. So wait until the new version.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.0

General

Release January 7, 2014
Date Added January 7, 2014
Version 3.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 311
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

The OMA program was developed by researchers as a way to investigate and post-process photometric images from CCD detectors used for laser-based imaging of reacting and nonreacting flows as well as for some spectroscopic applications. OMA includes processing routines for particle image velocimetry (PIV) and has macro scripting capabilities. Full source code is available.