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Stereo display infrastructure for Java

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Robert Deen
Total downloads from Open Channel to date: 10
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Jadis (Java Advanced Display Infrastracture for Stereo) provides a common interface for displaying Swing GUI components in stereo using either specialized stereo display hardware (e.g. liquid crystal shutter or polarized glasses) or anaglyph display (red/blue glasses) on standard computer displays. An application using this infrastructure will work without modification in either environment, allowing stereo software to reach a wider user base without sacrificing high-quality display on dedicated hardware.

Jadis is a low-level toolkit that accomplishes simply the display and management of components in stereo (including the JadeDisplay image display component). There are test programs submitted with this release that utilize Jadis to implement higher-level functions such as disparity adjustment and a stereo cursor. Jadis was built utilizing the Agile2D framework:

which has been modified to support stereo rendering. Interaction between Agile2D and Swing has been modified as well to support more efficient image scrolling and to minimize full component repaints when possible.

On the lowest level, both Hardware and Anaglyph stereo modes are rendered using native OpenGL libraries. OpenGL is accessed and managed from Java, using the JOGL library:

Note that version 1.1 or later of JOGL is required.

Almost all Jadis code is stereo-mode agnostic. Application developers only have to specify if a given component should be viewed by Left, Right or Both eyes. Anaglyph mode uses OpenGL's glcolorMask(), with Left components being drawn to the red channel, and Right components being drawn to the blue and green channels. Hardware stereo mode uses OpenGL's glDrawBuffer() to render Left and Right views in separate physical buffers.

Release 1.0 of Jadis is an Open Source release (using a BSD-style license).


  • Written in Java using standard mechanisms for cross-platform compatibility.
  • Support for any Swing component that uses the standard Java Graphics/Graphics2D rendering mechanism.
  • Uses OpenGL to perform all rendering and control stereo-capable graphics card (if available)
  • Designed to support most essential features of stereo image display:
    • Works with JadeDisplay
    • Capable of supporting stereo cursor rendering
    • Capable of vertical and horizontal disparity adjustment


  • Use of the Metal Look and Feel is preferred; Windows and Mac OS X look and feels have not been fully tested and debugged, and certain Swing components might not display properly. The Aqua L&F specifically plays tricks outside of strict use of the Graphics/Graphics2D rendering path, which will not work with Jadis.

  • Hardware stereo was tested only on limited platforms(Linux and Windows) using only NVIDIA Quadro4 graphics cards. It should however work on any platform whose OpenGL implementation supports it.

  • It does not work properly on a remote X-windows connection, for reasons as yet unknown.

  • When using "viewport within viewport" (for disparity adjustment, etc., as demonstrated by, painting outside the image boundaries might result in erroneous data showing up on the screen. Also, resizing the Swing window might result in "losing" the inner viewports' position knowledge.

  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard): Using jdk 1.6 beta currently Jadis doesn't work at all. Using jdk 1.5 Jadis works but operations like resizing the window generate an exception: Exception in thread "AWT-EventQueue-0" java.lang.ClassCastException: jpl.mipl.jade.jadis.agile2d.AgileGraphics2D at sun.awt.RepaintArea.paint( This happens only on Leopard; the same JDK works fine on Tiger and doesn't throw this exception. We have no access to Apple's java source code, so we can't tell for sure what's causing the exception. We are actively evaluating available options to running Jadis on Leopard, please contact us if you have any suggestions.
Usage Notes
Here is pseudo-code showing use of Jadis. For a complete sample program, see in the test directory.

// User creates standard Swing components for the left and right views
StereoJPanel stereoPanel = new StereoJPanel();
stereoPanel.add(swing_component1, "Left");
stereoPanel.add(swing_component2, "Right");
// Stereo panel could be treated as ordinary swing component and be managed
// by Swing's JViewport to support scrolling, for example
// then add Swing container that manages stereoPanel to the top-level frame
StereoJFrame stereoJFrame = new StereoJFrame();
// or add stereoPanel directly

// specify stereo mode for application to use
stereoJFrame.setStereoMode(Jade2D.STEREO_ANAGLYPH); // anaglyph is default


More extensive examples, exercising other stereo image features, including use of JadeDisplay, disparity adjustment, and stereo cursor display, are part of the download package under the "test" directory.

List of Test Programs Simplest test program that displays stereo pair Simple test program that uses JadeDisplay(s) and JAI to load and manage images Similar to Jadis_test but implements "viewport within a viewport" to allow vertical and horizontal disparity adjustment
More sophisticated test program that has GUI controls for disparity adjustments and stereo cursor display and control

Obtaining Jadis

Jadis is available (free) in Open Source form using a BSD-style license. The official distribution is handled by Open Channel (an organization that maintains software downloads for NASA).

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Installation and Platforms

Jadis requires Java J2SE 1.5 or later and JOGL (JSR-231) v1.1.0 or later.

The test programs, except for the simplest one, utilize JadeDisplay, and Java Advanced Imaging (JAI).

The above requirements are sufficient for displaying stereo in anaglyph mode.

For Hardware Stereo mode display the following is required:

- CRT or Front/Rear Projection Display (DLP-based) preferably capable of high refresh rate(100-120Hz)
- Graphics card that has stereo port and supports OpenGL quad-buffer stereo, such as NVIDIA Quadro4 series card.
- Liquid-crystal shutter glasses and stereo sync emitter.
Other stereo hardware configurations may work as well if properly supported by OpenGL, but have not been tested. Note that LCD monitors typically do not work well as stereo displays due to their persistence; CRT's are required.

To use Jadis, simply extract jadis.jar, and add it to your CLASSPATH using the standard mechanisms.

For X-windows platforms (generally Linux and Solaris), you'll most likely need to run JOGL with a special flag provided to Java at startup in order to avoid application lockup:

-Djogl.GLContext.optimize The sample programs simply require extracting and compiling. Assuming you've installed JOGL, and JAI is inside your JDK, the following will compile and run them for Solaris, Linux, or Mac OS X (from a terminal). Note that depending on your installation, you may need pathnames before each classpath component.

% javac -classpath jadis.jar:jogl.jar:gluegen-rt.jar

% java -Djogl.GLContext.optimize -classpath .:jadis.jar:jogl.jar:gluegen-rt.jar

% javac -classpath jadis.jar:jogl.jar:gluegen-rt.jar:jade_display.jar

% java -Djogl.GLContext.optimize -classpath .:jadis.jar:jogl.jar:gluegen-rt.jar:jade_display.jar

For Windows, use a ; instead of : between the classpath elements.

You may need to add JOGL and/or JAI to the classpath, depending on your installation.


Jadis is provided as-is. It was developed to support JPL space missions. It is being provided for download basically as a public service (your tax dollars at work). However, we are not paid to support the public users in any way, add features, answer questions, or even fix bugs.

That said, we DO support this product for our own uses. So please contact us to report any bugs you find, or to request features. While we can't promise to fix/add any, we can take that into account when prioritizing our own work. If the feature is useful to us, we might add it. If it's a bug, we'll probably fix it since it might affect us in the future too. If it's a question, we'll try to answer it.

Of course, since it is open source, you can also fix problems or add features yourself. While not a requirement, we would appreciate hearing about any changes you make to the code. Also, it would be nice to hear about the uses to which Jadis is put. This software was developed by Bob Deen and Oleg Pariser at the JPL Multimission Image Processing Lab (MIPL), under NASA sponsorship and funding. Public Release 1.0 is derived from VICAR delivery 36.0 (VICAR is the image processing system developed by MIPL).


Bob Deen
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Dr. MS 168-514
Pasadena, CA 91109


Bob.Deen at jpl dot nasa dot gov

Oleg Pariser
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Dr. MS 168-514
Pasadena, CA 91109


Oleg.Pariser at jpl dot nasa dot gov

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