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Visualisation program

Simon Andrews simon.andrews at bbsrc.ac.uk
Mon Aug 20 03:39:34 EST 2001

Raphaël Chaleil wrote:
> There's no doubt, Rasmol is the one you need, providing you 
> have the structures coordinates like PDB.
> It is fast effective, very easy to use, totally free and 
> available on most platforms.
> Of course, there are hundreds different programs to visualise 
> molecules but this one is the most simple.

I think this is overstating the case for Rasmol a bit!  Whilst it has
its good points it also has it's limitations.  It has very poor support
for multiple structures (though some extension patches have been made to
partially fix this), and many of its more advanced functions are only
available through a command line interface - not the most user friendly
thing to use.  Also, it's graphics, whilst very quick and smooth even on
slow machines, are not particularly pretty in comparison to many more
recent programs.

Rasmol certainly used to be the automatic choice for this kind of
viewing a few years back, but there are several other strong competitors
in that field now. (Several of which have already been mentioned in this



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