Software for viewing (and editing) ABI files on Windows

Tom Hall tahall2 at unity.ncsu.edu
Thu Oct 28 06:29:16 EST 1999

Actually, right now BioEdit does not support editing of ABI files.  Chromas (a
nice program, by the way) does, but the author also started charging for the
program.  If there's a high demand for it, ABI editing capability, and possibly
support for .scf files, can be added (actually "high demand" can consist simply of
someone wanting that feature -- I just like the sound of "high demand").

Tom Hall

John Barlow wrote:

> A number of people asked about software that allows viewing of ABI trace files
> (chromatograms) on the Windows platform.  There are quite many choices - some
> programs allow viewing and printing only, others provide sophisticated tools
> for contig assembly and proofreading.  Some programs are free (and very good -
> see BioEdit), other cost several thousands of dollars and are difficult to use,
> or have a confusing interface resulting from porting from the Mac.
> 1. BioEdit - free Windows ABI trace viewer with a lot of interesting functions
> (http://www.mbio.ncsu.edu/RNaseP/info/programs/BIOEDIT/bioedit.html).  Try this
> first.
> 2. ABIView - a free Windows viewer for ABI traces
> (http://users.cloud9.net/~dhk/abiview.html)
> 3. Chromas - a shareware Windows trace viewing package for $50
> (http://www.technelysium.com.au/chromas.html)
> 4. SeqMan II from the Lasergene package (http://www.dnastar.com/) - a good
> program costing ony about 1/5 of the price of another contender - Sequencher
> (http://www.genecodes.com/).  I routinely use SeqMan II to view, print,
> assemble, and proofread contigs from ABI traces.
> Cheers,
> John

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