Raster3D package for molecular graphics

Ethan A Merritt merritt at u.washington.edu
Tue Nov 29 01:59:15 EST 1994

This is an announcement of the availability of an updated version of the
molecular graphics program package Raster3D, as reported in the November 
issue of Acta Cryst. D (reference below).

The most recent update to the distribution kit was 28-Nov-1994.
Changes since the original Version 2.0 release include expanded documentation 
and a utility to produce black&white PostScript half-tone images.


			Photorealistic Molecular Graphics

	Raster3D is a set of tools for generating high quality raster 
	images of proteins or other molecules. The core program renders 
	spheres, triangles, and cylinders with specular highlighting,
	Phong shading, and shadowing using an efficient Z-buffer algorithm. 
	Ancillary programs process atomic coordinates from Brookhaven PDB 
	files into rendering descriptions for pictures composed of ribbons, 
	space-filling atoms, bonds, ball+stick, etc.  Raster3D can also be 
	used to render pictures composed in Per Kraulis' MOLSCRIPT program 
	in glorious 3D with highlights, shadowing, etc. (NB: you will need 
	MOLSCRIPT V1.4 to get the full benefit of this).  Output is to 
	pixel image files with 24 bits of color information per pixel.

	Raster3d is freely available but unsupported. 
	The current version is 2.02, last updated on 28 November 1994.

	The programs have been tested on DEC, SGI, IBM, ESV, and SUN
	unix workstations.  The code does not depend in any way on
	graphics hardware, so it should be portable to other machines
	as well.

	original implementation:
	Bacon, David J. and Anderson, Wayne F. (1988).  Journal of
	Molecular Graphics 6, 219-220 (abstract of paper presented
	at the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Molecular Graphics
	Society, San Francisco, 10-12 August 1988).  "A Fast
	Algorithm for Rendering Space-Filling Molecule Pictures."

	version 2.0:
	Merritt, Ethan A. and Murphy, Michael E.P. (1994).
	"Raster3D Version 2.0, a Program for Photorealistic Molecular Graphics"
	Acta Cryst. D50, 869-873.

	originally written by David J. Bacon and Wayne F. Anderson;
	extensions, revisions, modifications, ancillary programs by
	Mark Israel, Stephen Samuel, Michael Murphy, Albert Berghuis, 
	and Ethan A Merritt

	ftp:	stanzi.bchem.washington.edu   (
	www:	ftp://stanzi.bchem.washington.edu/pub/raster3d/raster3d.html

				Ethan A Merritt
				Dept of Biological Structure SM-20
				University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195
				merritt at u.washington.edu

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