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").
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
>> 2. ABIView - a free Windows viewer for ABI traces
>> 3. Chromas - a shareware Windows trace viewing package for $50
>> 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.