The RTI domes use a mixture of software common to most RTI projects plus some custom programs to help with the workflow from the camera to the output. See our quick video on one workflow.

RTI software

RTI Card Importer

This (Windows only) utility supports the copying of images from a memory card into the standard RTI file/directory hierarchy for processing using the rest of the software. Download (Windows) you may need to download microsoft .net Runtime if it fails to install. Documentation here.

RTI Processor

This (Windows only and .net required as above) utility creates a ptm from an image tree. It manages the process of combining the configuration file for the dome and the images captured for a specify object. Documentation download hereDownload

PTM Fitter

John Cupitt has optimised the ptmfitter to use multiple cores and less memory – resulting in a good speed-up for creating PTMs. It can fit 76 D800 36Mpixel images in 50s. At the moment it is incompatible with RTIbuilder but we’re working on it Download Win64 version

Dome installer for Mac

experimental all-in-one package for Macs here

RTI Builder (Universidade do Minho)

RTIBuilder is used to generate the lp configuration files used to locate the LEDs in 3D space. You need to use this if you move your lights/rebuild.


The RTIViewer (from CNR Pisa) is the normal way to view these images on Mac/Windows. It provides extra viewing features which are useful for enhancing the image.

Web Viewers

Gianpaolo’s web viewer allows RTI images to be viewed in a web browser. This is useful as machines without the RTIViewer installed can be used.

We (ECS & John Cupitt) added PTM viewing capabilities to the IIPimage viewer. We now have a demo available so you can see how it looks.

Other Imaging Libraries

Our team have written two image processing systems, one in C/C++ and the other in Java.

The VIPS imaging library is available to install on Linux/Windows/OS X and is extremely good at processing large/numerous images. It is used to provide some image processing algorithms by Wikipedia/Mediawiki. We use it to speed up ptmfitter. Latest source is on GitHub.

The Java based OpenIMAJ system includes tools for multimedia content analysis and generation.  Latest source is on Github.