Raster3D Version 2.3 (beta release)

Greg jquinn at best.com
Fri Apr 25 14:17:45 EST 1997

Is it just me, or does anyone else have big problems in downloading the
files from the web site? The anonymous FTP site quoted also refuses
me access ('user anonymous unknown').

Ethan A Merritt (merritt at u.washington.edu) wrote:
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: 				RASTER3D
: This note is to announce the release of Version 2.3 of the Raster3D 
: molecular graphics package. This is a beta release, but the full 
: version will not differ substantially from the one now available.

: New features in Version 2.3 include
:    - internal light sources ("glow" lights)
:    - alpha blend channel in output image
:    - automatic generation of stereo pairs
:    - new patch for Molscript V1.4 to fix some long-standing bugs
:      in the Raster3D output mode
:    - file indirection in input files
:    - various new anti-aliasing options, rendering options, and
:      more flexibility in the "rods" utility

: The README file for the current version is appended below.

: 				Ethan A Merritt
: 				merritt at u.washington.edu

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: 				RASTER3D

: 	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 3.2b (20 April 1997)

: 	Bacon, David J. and Anderson, Wayne F. (1988).  
: 	Journal of Molecular Graphics 6, 219-220.

: 	Merritt, Ethan A. and Murphy, Michael E.P. (1994).
: 	Acta Cryst. D50, 869-873.

: 	Merritt, Ethan A. and Bacon, David J. (in press).
: 	Methods in Enzymology Vol 277 Part B.

: 	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

: 	web -  http://www.bmsc.washington.edu/raster3d/raster3d.html
: 	ftp -  anonymous ftp site currently down (sorry)

: 	contact:		Ethan A Merritt
: 				Dept of Biological Structure Box 357742
: 				University of Washington 
: 				Seattle WA 98195

: 	Email:			merritt at u.washington.edu

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