Harold T. Stokes, Dorian M. Hatch, and Branton J. Campbell, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84606, USA,

Description: Stand-alone java application for viewing interactive distortions created by ISODISTORT.

Download installer for ISOVIZ (for interactive distortions)

  • Windows 64 bit
  • Mac OSX

    Download installer for ISOVIZQ (for interactive diffraction patterns)

  • Windows 64 bit
  • Mac OSX

    We recommend that you associate .isoviz and .isovizq files with the ISOVIZ and ISOVIZQ applications, respectively, to make opening a data file in either application more convenient. If you use the Firefox browser, it may also be convenient to configure Firefox with these associations so as to directly open the visualizations rather than saving them first.

  • Alternative command-line operation

  • ISOVIZ and ISOVIZQ jar files (any operating system)

    If the Java Runtime Environment (JRE versions 8-10, but not version 11 or later) is installed on your computer (Windows MacOS, or Linux, but not mobile-devices), and the jar files above have been downloaded to a convenient location, the ISOVIZ and ISOVIZQ applications can be opened from the command line as follows:
        java -cp yourpath/isoviz.jar isoapps.Isoviz
        java -cp yourpath/isoviz.jar isoapps.Isoviz yourdata.txt
        java -cp yourpath/isovizq.jar isoapps.IsovizQ
        java -cp yourpath/isovizq.jar isoapps.IsovizQ yourdata.txt
    One can either provide the name of the data file or browse to it from within the app. If you try to view a distorted structure with an exceptionally large number of atoms, you may need to increase the run-time memory allocated to the JRE by adding -Xmx256m as a run-time setting in the Java Console (increases allocation to 256 megabytes). Also, if you find that the application controls are not all fully visible, it may help to add -Dsun.java2d.d3d=false as an additional run-time setting.

  • The direct launch of interactive applets from within ISODISTORT has been discontinued due to the deprecation of Java Webstart and Java Applets by the java development community and the increasing difficulty of running applets in mainstream web browsers.

    Thanks to Manfred Riem (@mnriem) for wrapping the original Java applet as a stand-alone application and creating the Windows and MacOSX installers. There are plans to convert ISOVIZ to a JavaFX application. Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to this effort.