Bio7 2.4 for Windows and Mac Released

July 1, 2016

(This article was first published on R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

A new release of Bio7 is available for Windows and MacOSX. The Linux version will be released soon, too. This release comes with a plethora of new functions, especially for the R editor.

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Release notes:


  • Updated Bio7 to use Eclipse 4.6 (Neon) as RCP basis
  • Updated the embedded Java Runtime Environment to version 1.8.92
  • Updated embedded R for Windows to R 3.3.1
  • Improved the toolbar layout and action alignments (CSS can be edited!)
  • Added a new ImageJ R analysis perspective


  • Added a new R debug perspective
  • Added a new and easy to use text preference field to execute Groovy script commands at startup (beside any scripts in the startup folder!) to open, e.g., a custom perspective, or startup R  if enabled.


  • The Quadgrid, Linechart, Piechart and the Points view are now embedded in a Swt JavaFX panel and can be fullscreened (F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 – F1 key is Windows only!)
  • Added a terminate (Java controlled) and kill R process (OS controlled) action to the main toolbar of Bio7.


  • At R/Rserve startup a new check for a running R instance is executed with an option to kill all running R instances (to avoid a wrong connection to a running instance from an crashed Bio7 R session).
  • Added  many new Bio7 R command key shortcuts
  • Added an install R packages script to install some useful default R packages for Bio7

R editor:

  • The R editor has been transferred to it’s own Github repository and can be updated as a plugin
  • Improved and formatted the display of the error messages
  • Improved massively the speed for parsing and marker creation
  • Added many new R editor key shortcuts to speed up editing
  • Added an action to the context menu to open the plot preferences
  • Added an action to the context menu to open the font preferences
  • Added a RServe formatR action to the context menu
  • Added a Profile script action for the profvis package to the context menu
  • Added a Profile script selection action for the profvis package to the context menu
  • Added a color dialog to the context menu. A selected R,G,B color will be displayed and set in the editor
  • Added an “Reload Package Completion” action to the context menu to load completion help for loaded packages (decrease warnings by known methods, increase available code completion templates – The same action is available in the R-Shell view evaluation textfield).


  • The Load/Remove packages(s) dialog has a new action to transfer available selected package names to the R editor (as ‘library(package)’)
  • Now warnings and errors are displayed more consistently. If a quick fix is available it will be indicated with a warning/error quick fix icon instead of a default warning/error icon
  • Added new quick fixes to the R editor
  • Quick fixes and warning messages can now be displayed and fixed by hoovering over the underlined editor marker
  • Added the automatic close of {braces}, (parentheses), [brackets], “strings” and ‘strings’. It can be disabled in the preferences
  • Improved the speed of the ‘Mark selected word’ action (scope independant) which can be enabled in the preferences

R editor refactoring

  • Added an ‘Extract Method’ action which parses and extract a method from a selected text if valid


  • Added an ‘Extract Variable’ action which parses and extracts a variable from a selected text if valid
  • Added a ‘Create new File from Clipboard’ action which parses and creates a new file from the clipboard text if valid in the project folder and opens the R file for editing
  • Added an ‘Extract Editor Selection to File’ action which parses and creates a new file from a selection if valid in the project folder and opens the R file for editing

R editor code analysis:

  • Added an analysis function to detect Unused Functions
  • Added an analysis function to detect if a function is available
  • Added an analysis function to detect if a variable is used
  • Added an analysis function to detect if a variable is available
  • Added an analysis function to check for wrong constants (na, true, false, null)
  • Added an analysis function to check for functions if a function (or variable) with that name is already defined
  • Added an analysis function to check for variables if a variable (or function) with that name is already defined
  • Added an analysis function to check if a function call argument is missing
  • Added an analysis function to check if a function call has to many arguments
  • Added an analysis function to check if the name of a variable assignment in a function call is wrong
  • Added an analysis function to check a function call with parameter on a parameterless function
  • Added an analysis function to check variables in function calls and square brackets
  • Added options in the preferences to enable/disable the code analysis functions


R Outline View

  • Added the display of loop variables to the outline view
  • Added the display of function call variable assignments to the outline view
  • Added the display of S3,S4, References and R6 classes to the outline view (S3 classes are only detected with class(x), References classes and R6 classes functions are not displayed nested!)


R editor code completion

  • The sorting of the code completion dialog has been improved
  • The code completion dialog now displays local defined variables and methods available in the current scope
  • Added a new function in the code completion popup dialog to open the template preferences faster


  • If the code completion is opened in a method call the arguments of the function will be displayed in a new table dialog. However if an function or variable is started within the method call the regular code completion is shown (for nested functions or variables call)


  • Added two actions in the hoover help dialog to open the help browser (?) or search in the Rdocumentation website


  • The code completion dialog can now be configured in the preferences to open automatically on key typing  (number of typed chars and chars can be configured, too).

R-Shell view

  • The R text is now validated with the Bio7 default R code parser
  • Added an error marker to the textfield if a parsing error occurs
  • Added code completions to the evaluate expression textfield (Ctrl+Space). Code completion is only available in nested calls after open parentheses


  • A help file browser can now be opened from selected text (e.g., nested function).
  • Native connection commands can now be executed in the evaluate expression textfield

R Markdown

  • Now JavaScript is enabled for the HTML-Browser by default
  • Added a new option to scale the JavaFX browser content if enabled  (handy for R markdown presentations). The JavaFX  browser can be fullscreened (F1,F2,F3 – secondary monitor…..)

Table view

  • Improved massively the speed of the close operation of a table sheet
  • Improved the CSV importer with more options to import data with a dynamic preview
  • The CSV importer now accepts clipboard data if selected
  • The preview table is now updated dynamically if changes occur



  • Updated ImageJ to version 1.51d
  • Added a subset of ImageJ2 libraries in a new ImageJ2 Eclipse plugin
  • Improved the ROI image pixel data transfer methods. Now selected ROI’s pixels are transferred. If no selection is available all ROI‘s will be transferred!
  • The ROI transfer methods now also accept points and lines (please note that line pixels are interpolated in the ImageJ results table by default)
  • The Bio7 ImageJ plugin can now be updated or installed individually
  • ImageJ panels can now be opened in a JavaFX panel embedded in SWT (experimental) if enabled in the preferences


  • Updated all Java libraries
  • Update the JavaFX SceneBuilder to version 2.2
  • The JavaFX SceneBuilder controller class created variables and methods are now ‘public’ by default.
  • Added support for LibreOffice 5. Now the Bio7 LibreOffice functions work again with LibreOffice 5.

Eclipse Neon features



Just download the *.zip distribution file from and unzip it in your preferred location. Bio7 comes bundled with the latest Java Runtime Environment, R and Rserve distribution and works out of the box.


Just download and execute the *.dmg installation file from

To use R and Rserve you have to install R for MacOSX.

In addition you have to install Rserve configured to use ‘cooperative mode’ (shared workspace in Rserve and R mode) which can be downloaded here:

In the R prompt type the following command to install the compiled package (replace with your file path!):

install.packages(“Users/yourName/Downloads/Rserve_1.8-4_Mac_cooperative.tgz”, repos=NULL)

You can also compile Rserve by yourself. For an HowTo please consult the Bio7 documentation here.


Added a tiny script to install useful default R packages for Bio7 to use all available GUI functionalities (e.g. rmarkdown, rgdal, spatstat, formatR, knitr, etc.). To install the scripts start Rserve and execute the action Scripts->RScripts->Install_R_Packages.

The script will install the R packages.

For MacOSX it could be that you have to select a mirror in the Bio7 Console (shell). Type in a number (1- …) and press return to start the installation if no shell message is displayed. The R installation script can be edited in /plugins/ Suggestions for improvements are welcome.



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