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CranioGUI | FaceBase

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The CranioGUI was developed by the Shape-Based Retrieval of 3D Craniofacial Data project.

The project's priority was to create software tools that significantly improve access to 3D craniofacial data. CranioGUI can be used by the craniofacial research community to help analyze facial abnormalities. The software works on 3D head meshes and is general in that it can be used for analysis of multiple conditions. We have used it for quantification of the following disorders: craniosynostosis, plagiocephaly, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (which includes some mid-face hypoplasia), and cleft lip/palate.

CranioGUI Demo

Note: Due to new Java security restrictions, you may need to explicitly add to the allowed list of sites in your Java security settings. You can find instructions for updating the security settings for Windows and Mac here:

Because the Craniolin URL uses the protocol 'http://' instead of 'https://', you may encounter further warnings. You may safely disregard these warnings.

Launch the application (Java7)
(It will be downloaded if it isn't already installed.)

The application runs via Java Web Start. Please ensure you have the latest version of Java installed.

Launch the application (Java6)
(It will be downloaded if it isn't already installed.)

Download a sample data set of 3d craniofacial meshes.

Read the documentation and tutorial in Word or html format.

Source codes of the modules (cpp) are available here.

Here are tips for using the GUI:

CranioGUI Virtual Machine

VMWare Virtual Machine (VERY LARGE, 3.6 Gigabytes!) is available at

Unzip the file and use a recent version of VMWare Player (version >= 6.1) to open the Cranio.vmx file that you found in the unzipped file.

Start using the CranioGUI and LandmarkGUI applications as shown in video demonstration