ANNOUNCE: MacBoxShade v2.0

michael.baron at bbsrc.ac.uk michael.baron at bbsrc.ac.uk
Mon Mar 2 09:03:49 EST 1998

***ANNOUNCEMENT***** March 2nd 1998

MACBOXSHADE version 2.0 is now available from the BOXSHADE ftp server:

MACBOXSHADE is a program for pretty-printing multiple alignment output.
The program itself doesn't do any alignment, you have to use a multiple
alignment program like ClustalW or Pileup and use the output of these
programs as input for MACBOXSHADE. MacBoxShade is a version of the
VMS/Unix program BOXSHADE which has been given a full Mac user
interface, and a few different options. It requires at least system 7 to

NEW in version 2:

- Faster (3-4x) in calculating consensus and preparing RTF, PS or ASCII

- Colour PostScript output option;

- RTF and PS/EPSF colour selection now allow any colour for foreground
or background, as PICT did in version 1;

- Identity/Similarity matrix calculation;

- Marker line (ruler line) option;

- Sequence numbering at either end of the line (or both);

- Shading by residue type (as an alternative to shading by consensus);

- Allows any number of spaces or other characters after the sequence
name and after/before the sequence numbering;

- Fixes a number of outstanding bugs, including the printability of PICT
files. Gave up on the compact (new) PICT option because it always
printed badly. PICT files now have each residue placed individually as
the only way of getting around some inconsistancies of printers and
drawing programs.

As always, please send any reports of bugs or other problems with
MacBoxshade to:

Michael D. Baron Ph.D.		E-mail: michael.baron at bbsrc.ac.uk
Institute for Animal Health
Ash Road
Surrey GU24 0NF

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