Orthanc Explorer is not user-friendly enough for my use

Orthanc is designed as a lightweight service for medical imaging, where the word service must be understood in the sense of service-oriented architectures. As a consequence, Orthanc is conceived as a robust back-end server (command-line) that aims to provide the most simple and generic support of DICOM. To state it differently, the primary focus of the Orthanc project is not on the user interface.

However, Orthanc comes out-of-the-box with Orthanc Explorer, its default Web user interface. Orthanc Explorer is designed for administrative, low-level purpose. It is also used by the development team to test the features of Orthanc as they get introduced in the REST API. Orthanc Explorer is mainly targeted towards an English-speaking technical audience (notably system/network engineers, PACS managers, medical physicists, and researchers).

Non-technical audience (physicists, patients, administrative staff...) might expect an user interface that is more user-friendly than Orthanc Explorer, and/or that integrates more features (such as language translations, sorting resources, access control lists, tagging images, beautiful layout, tunable anonymization, modification of instances, paging if many patients, handling of timeouts, login/logout, Web diffusion to patients/physicians...). If you need such a more advanced user experience so that Orthanc better fits your clinical workflow, you will have to develop a separate, custom Web interface on the top of the REST API of Orthanc, maybe as a plugin. Any front-end Web developer could take care of this task using well-known JavaScript frameworks (such as Meteor, AngularJS, Ember.js...).

It is possible that an official plugin that provides a more advanced user interface will be developed in the future (provided we find funding for this development). In the meantime, you can also contact a company that provides commercial support on the top of Orthanc and that might have developed an advanced user interface. Currently, Osimis is the only company ensuring such corporate services, but others might show up in the future. A contact form is available on the official Web page of Orthanc.

Update (2017-10-03): A team of Master students from ULiège is currently working on creating a revamped version of Orthanc Explorer. You can get in touch with them on the public discussion forum.