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    If you have Flex files from an older Opera system, you may receive a message from Bio-Formats stating that you need a LuraWave LWF license code to decode these files.

    Decoding Flex files using the MBF distribution

    The MBF Plugin Collection legally bundles the LuraWave LWF decoder module: McMaster University purchased a redistributable license from LuraTech (see below).

    Steps to use:

    1. Download ImageJ 1.x and unpack it
    2. Download the MBF Plugins Collection
    3. Merge the MBF plugins into your ImageJ 1.x folder
    4. Use File › Open… to convert your .flex files to OME-TIFF using Bio-Formats

    Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we cannot elaborate on the technical details of how the MBF collection provides this functionality, nor can we legally make this feature available within ImageJ2 or Fiji.

    Purchasing your own license

    Alternately, the LuraWave decoder is proprietary software which you can (theoretically) purchase from LuraTech. However, we do not know the details of who to contact, nor how much it costs to do so.

    See also

    Linkert, M.; Rueden, C. T. & Allan, C. et al. (2010), “Metadata matters: access to image data in the real world”, The Journal of cell biology 189(5): 777-782, PMID 20513764 (on Google Scholar).