[slicer-users] Slicer 4.0 alpha

Julien Finet julien.finet at kitware.com
Thu Sep 16 11:24:23 EDT 2010

It has been a week since Slicer 4.0 alpha has been announced and we would
like thank everyone for all your feedbacks. We're grateful for the interest
Slicer 4 has already generated in the community.

I would like to emphasize, at the risk of repeating myself, that this is an
"alpha" release and Slicer 4.0 alpha is not ready for general/routine use.
We are now focusing on the beta release which will be out in December.
However, we suggest people to wait until January AHM for the initial
"public" release.

This is a tight schedule, so regretfully our ability to provide support for
users on the alpha and beta releases is going to be very limited until we
announce the first public release in January in order to focus our efforts
into feature development rather than fixing temporary and rapidly changing
bugs/install problems/questions...

Thanks again for your interest and patience,
On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 9:15 PM, Julien Finet <julien.finet at kitware.com>wrote:

> Hello Slicers,
> We are pleased to announce the alpha release of Slicer 4.0.
> Slicer 4.0 big novelty is the replacement of KWWidgets by Qt<http://www.slicer.org/slicerWiki/index.php/Slicer4:QtPort>.
> In addition, a lot of effort went into internal redesign and
> restructuration of Slicer for better consistency, maintenance and
> modularity. Compared to Slicer3, Slicer 4.0 has cut by up to 70% the number
> of lines of code necessary for most features (partly thanks to the automatic
> UI generation using Qt Designer). Slicer4.0 intends to be more user and
> developer friendly.
> Please be aware that Slicer 4.0 alpha is an early snapshot  of Slicer 4.0
> and it is still under active development. Many important features are still
> missing. A beta version will be released in December while the final version
> of Slicer 4.0 is for February 2011. Nonetheless, we are encouraging you to
> start using it now as we would like to hear from your feedbacks (by email or
> using the Mantis).
>  To download the binaries (Linux, Windows and MacOS), please go to:
> http://slicer.org/pages/Special:SlicerDownloads
> To build Slicer 4.0 alpha from sources (trunk), please follow the build
> instructions:
> http://www.slicer.org/slicerWiki/index.php/Slicer4:Build_Instructions
> For an image gallery of each component:
> http://www.slicer.org/slicerWiki/index.php?title=Slicer4:QtPort/Gallery
> We would like to particularly thank Alex, Dave, Nicole and Wendy for
> their effort into the production of Slicer 4.0. Special thanks to Ron and
> Steve for their advice, support and insight.
> Happy Slicing,
> Julien(J2) and Jean-Christophe(JC).
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