Protein image software required (PMac)

Pascal Meunier pmeunier at bilbo.bio.purdue.edu
Fri Aug 16 16:47:04 EST 1996

In article <4v25dt$gq at winx03.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de>,
krasel at wpxx02.toxi.uni-wuerzburg.de (Cornelius Krasel) wrote:

> Richard P. Grant (rpgrant at molbiol.ox.ac.uk) wrote:
> > I'm looking for software (oddly enough) that will give nice protein ribbon 
> > output from a .pdb file.  I'd like to be able to take the output and
slap it 
> > into Photoshop for annotation. 
> > It must run on PowerMacs, and give me the option of rotating/tiling
the image 
> > freely.
> The Raster3D package doesn't run on PowerMacs (well, maybe, if you find a
> Fortran Compiler) but on Unix derivatives and gives nice protein ribbon
> drawings, especially if used together with Molscript. I don't know of *any*
> DOS/Mac-based software which produces images of comparable quality.

Have you tried the Macintosh software below?  It is of excellent quality.

> I recall some discussion to create a front-end for a raytracer which
> would accept pdb files as input, but I haven't seen any software yet.

I think MolView by Dr. Tom Smith accepts pdb files.  It is a Mac program
and is free.  With QuickDraw 3D, it allows the real time rotation of
molecules (quite impressive to see).  It can be downloaded from the
biology department at Purdue university WWW sites.  I think the URL is

Have a look also at the NCBI Biology workbench.  They work with another
Viewer (RasMol?) that works with the Mac and will let you look at
structures from pdf files and rotate them in real time.  Even better,
Netscape can be configured to automatically launch RasMol and display the
structure when you download a pdf file.

Pascal Meunier

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