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# wellPlateReader
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This is the repository for the source code of *wellPlateReader*, a plugin for the [bioimage analysis software Icy](, which was developed by members or former members of the [Biological Image Analysis unit at Institut Pasteur]( This plugin is licensed under GPL3 license.     
Icy is developed and maintained by [Biological Image Analysis unit at Institut Pasteur]( The [source code of Icy]( is also licensed under a GPL3 license.     

## Plugin description

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Well plate support for Icy, with an interactive well plate viewer and batch processing capabilities within Protocols        
A more detailed user documentation can be found on the wellPlateReader documentation page on the Icy website:               

## Installation instructions

For end-users, refer to the documentation on the Icy website on [how to install an Icy plugin](      

For developers, see our [Contributing guidelines]( and [Code of Conduct](      

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## Main functions and usage

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Classname: `plugins.adufour.hcs.WellPlateImporter`

## Citation 

Please cite this plugins as follows:          

Please also cite the Icy software and mention the version of Icy you used (bottom right corner of the GUI or first lines of the Output tab):     
de Chaumont, F. et al. (2012) Icy: an open bioimage informatics platform for extended reproducible research, [Nature Methods](, 9, pp. 690-696    

## Author(s)      

Alexandre Dufour, Vannary Meas-Yedid, Daniel Felipe González Obando

## Additional information

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This project contains the code necessary to import and show well plates from Opera machines.

This project has been developed as a _Gradle_ project and can be opened with _Eclipse_ IDE.

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- WellPlateImporter

  This plugin reads the information of a well plate and then shows an interface with the available plates and their corresponding fields.

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In order to be able to work with this project you must have installed the following software:

- **Icy**, version or above. ( [Available here]( )
  - The following plugins should be already installed in order to execute BigImageTools:
    - EzPlug SDK
    - Protocols SDK
- **Eclipse**, version _Neon_ or above. Make sure to have the _Buildship_ plugin installed. ([Available here](
- **Icy4Eclipse** plugin for Eclipse, the latest version available. Follow [these]( instructions.

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1. Use your *Git* repository manager of preference to download this repository (you can use Eclipse Git perspective to do this). The repository URL is [](
2. Make sure the environment variable **ICY_HOME** is set to the location of your Icy installation. _**Note**: This could be tricky on Mac so make sure to follow [these]( instructions._
3. Open Eclipse and select the menu *File > Import...* Then select *Gradle > Existing Gradle Project*. Click *Next* the project root directory is demanded select the folder **WellPlateReader** inside the folder you downloaded the at. Finally, click *Finish* to create the project in eclipse.

Eclipse will download the dependencies specified in the ** file. When it finishes you should see the project without any problem on the project explorer of Eclipse. *If this is not the case, check that the environment variable ICY_HOME is correctly defined.*