Software for viewing (and editing) ABI files on Windows

KIM dkim at hector.NMSU.Edu
Thu Oct 28 09:00:23 EST 1999

I think Perkin-Elmer has a program for viewing and editing ABI traces, and
they have it for no charge.  I cannot remember the name, but you might try
a search at their WWW site.

Tom Hall <tahall2 at unity.ncsu.edu> wrote:
: 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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