[Bio-software] Re: plasmid drawing

Astala Vista via bio-soft%40net.bio.net (by rwmd1 from NOSPAMle.ac.uk)
Mon Oct 1 02:47:44 EST 2007

Sawsan Hamad wrote:
> Hello,
> What do you recommend for a free plasmid drawing program?

I use Savvy (http://bioinformatics.org/savvy/). Some might find it a bit 
limited in what it does, but its real strength is that it produces its 
ouput in SVG format which is fully scaleable.

I do the basic drawing of the plasmid in Savvy. The program renders the 
drawing in SVG which displays directly in my browser (Firefox). I then 
display the source code of the page and copy and paste that into a file 
that I then save.

This SVG code is fully editable in the open-source drwaing package 
Inkscape (http://www.inkscape.org/). You can alter the drawing, 
especially the annotation, in Inkscape.

I have an attached an example of a plasmid drawn in this way and saved 
as a PNG bitmap by Inkscape. I've also attached the edited SVG 
native-format file too. It's a no-cost solution, but perhaps a bit too 
geeky for some.


Raymond Dalgleish

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