Dnatools, revision 152

Søren W. Rasmussen swr at crc.dk
Wed Nov 4 10:48:50 EST 1998

NEW in version 5.1, revision 152:

A bug which prevented sending 'long' e-mails (sequences and primer orders) has
been corrected. Apparently NCBI has changed the mail-blast program to
Gapped-BLAST. The auto-build header function has been modified to accept also
the output from Gapped blast searches when done at NCBI.

Several changes have been made to the collection of SAGE programs. I believe
that all the programs now work (Create SAGE Tag Files, SAGE Tag File Tools,
and Search With SAGE Files). Printing SAGE tag distribution histograms
may still not work with all printers (it has only been tested on a
HP LaserJet 6P)

Recording the inifile caused some problems. I hope they are now corrected.

The help file has been updated.


The zip file DT_51152.zip, 7.562 Mb, contains new setup files for DNATools 5.1
revision 152. After downloading the zip file, just un-zip it and run the setup
program to start using DNATools.


The zip file 51152_EXE.zip, 1.149 Mb, contains updated versions of
dnatools.exe and dnatools.hlp. If you already have DNATools installed and
want to update, you can download the revised exe and help files. Then locate
the DNATools directory on your PC and overwrite the old files. Remember to
close all programs before you replace the files. Note that it is NOT possible
to run the update files without first installing DNATools.


In the absence of a manual, you have to consult the extensive context
sensitive help to get information on the various functions of DNATools.


Please note that DNATools runs on Windows 95/98 and NT but NOT on
Windows 3.x or MACs.

A 233 MHz Pentium with at least 48 Mb of RAM is recommended if you intend
to work with more than a few files in the same project.


To register your copy, I need your FULL NAME and the VERSION and REVISION
numbers of your copy. DNATools will remind you 1 month before the test perion
expires. The cost of a single user licence is $100.

Future revisions will be available at the above ftp site. You can upgrade
without limitations within your 3 month test period. Thereafter, if you
decide to keep using DNATools, a licence number is required.


DNATools has been developed over several years primarily inspired by my
frustrations with commercially available programs. For specific tasks - like
merging 1,000 sequences into a contig, or performing detailed analyses on
protein sequences - you still need more sophisticated (and more expensive)
programs. For the daily handling and primary analyses of sequences, I hope
you will find DNATools useful. Today, many more complex functions (e.g. mail
blast servers) are available on www. These programs in conjunction with
DNATools actually comprise a fairly comprehensive toolbox for sequence
handling and analysis.


Please note that using DNATools is ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK! A great deal of
effort have been invested in correcting errors and bugs. This does, however,
not imply that ALL errors and bugs have been removed.

DNATools is continously being modified and extended and I would appreciate
very much your comments and suggestions regarding bugs, modifications, new
functions etc.

November 07, 1998

Soeren W. Rasmussen

swr at crc.dk

Dr. scient. Søren W. Rasmussen
Carlsberg Laboratory, Department of Physiology
10 Gl. Carlsbergvej, DK-2500, Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone  45 3327 5230 / 45 3616 2259, Fax 45 3327 4766
E-mail swr at crc.dk

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