Differences between Linux, OS X (MAC) and Windows editions
The Windows edition has been developed since 1999, and its current version is 8.48. The Linux and OS X editions have been developed since 2015, and its current version is 1.x.
The Windows edition runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10.
The Linux edition runs on Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and any other Debian derivatives that support Debian (
Runs on OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks and 10.8 Mountain Lyon. It has not been tested on OS X versions older than 10.8.
Differences between OS X and Linux versions
The OS X and Linux versions are nearly identical, its differences are:
- The Pan Tool is not supported in OS X.
- The menu command Measurements -> Select is only available in OS X.
- Screen drawing is faster under OS X than in Linux.
Differences between Windows and non-Windows editions
Because the Windows edition has been developed for a longer time, it has more features than the other editions.
The only feature in the OS X and Linux editions that is not supported by the Windows edition is the Brush Selection Tool
Features only included in the Windows edition
- Magic Wand tool has more features.
- Can calculate statistics and generate charts and PDF files.
- Supports TWAIN scanners, includes an image database and video measurement and capture.
- Can find objects in images without using the Magic Wand.
- Includes image filters.
- Supports more image formats, like PSD and DICOM.
Measurement compatibility between editions
The Linux and OS X editions save measurements using the same format, therefore measurements saved by the Linux edition can be opened by the OS X edition and vice-versa. Measurements are saved using the
.BSEL file extensions. The images for the trial version have the
.BIM file extension.
The Windows edition saves measurements using the
.MSR file extension. The images for the trial version have the
.IMB file extension.
The Linux and OS X editions can open measurementes saved by the Windows edition (with some restrictions), but the Windows edition cannot open measurements saved by the other editions.