ABC Atlas Update Notes - March 13, 2024

The Allen Brain Cell Atlas (ABC Atlas) has been updated with new features and improvements!

Slide View

Data sets comprised of spatial slices of tissue now offer new viewing options including the ability to scroll through slices while maintaining zoom and pan positioning.

  • Advance through slices in order using any one of the following mechanisms:
  1. use the arrow buttons at the top of the view
  2. simultaneously hold the Alt key on Windows (Option key on Mac) and scroll the mouse wheel
  3. hold the Alt key on Windows (Option key on Mac) and press the arrow keys
  • Show or hide specific slices to create a custom view by checking the box in the upper right hand corner of each slide to be shown.
  • To completely hide unselected slices, click “Hide unselected” from slide menu in the top left of the view.
  • Pick “Clear selected” from the slide menu in the top left of the view to clear all selections or uncheck all boxes.

The following data sets support Slide View. Support will be added for additional data sets in the future.

Cross-Project Search & View

  • Search for and select from all ABC Atlas-compatible data sets directly from the View Manager. It is no longer required to exit to the Data Catalog to search across projects.
  • To search for data, go to the View Manager tab in the left navigation menu, select “Add Visualization.” From the Search bar, enter your search terms or scroll to select a data set.
  • With this change, it is now also possible to view data from different projects side-by-side.


As always, thank you for being part of the AIBS community. Please let us know how we can improve the ABC Atlas to better serve your needs.

For complete user guide documentation see Introducing the Allen Brain Cell Atlas!