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CACTUS: a universal, networked visual chemistry data manager for computation, analysis and visualization of arbitrary chemical information.
ChemCraft is graphics software for the visualization of molecular structures, vibrational modes, molecular orbitals and other properties from log files produced by GAMESS, Gaussian ab initio packages.
chemVISION: Reads in 3D molecular structure files in many formats, renders them in a variety of styles, and manipulates them in full 3D space. You can also query the structure interactively to identify chemical, geometric, and file content information, displaying the results with color-coded labels. Use the ZOOMING magnifying glass to highlight and enlarge portions of complex structures. Transfer 3D graphics into virtually all graphics-capable Windows and DOS programs. Available from
Molecular Arts Corporation
Hanover Corporate Centre
1532 East Katella Avenue, Suite 1000
Anaheim, California 92805-6627 USA
Tel: (714) 634-8100
Fax: (714) 634-1999
Chime is a browser plugin for display of structures.
EduChem HS Exceptional Teaching Concepts, Inc. is developing teaching tools for chemistry and science, primarily for the secondary educational market. Under the current design, the products have the potential to be used in Colleges and Universities at the entry level as well. EduChem HS consists of five independent modules:
- Periodic Table of Elements
- Molecular Database
- Molecule Builder
- Molecule Viewer
- Orbital Viewer
EduChem HS efficiently covers the curricula of most high schools. It addresses chemistry (and science) in an integrated fashion. It promotes thinking skills and has various levels of difficulty. Extended EduChem Tutorials are included in a convenient HTML format. On-line help for all the modules is available at all times. EduChem HS is extremely user friendly with the text adapted to the high school audience.
Modules easily communicate with each other. EduChem HS adjusts to the student's level of ability through easy menu options, and through more sophisticated options and tutorials. It is flexible and teacher modifiable. It allows group use, and is networkable.
The full version of EduChem (Windows 95 and NT only), has the additional capability to:
- perform geometry optimizations
- calculate electronic properties of atoms and molecules
- display molecular orbitals and isosurfaces
- add more functionality for orbitals
- build proteins
For additional information, contact:
- Exceptional Teaching Concepts, Inc.
- 100 George St., Suite A,
- Hamilton, Ontario
- L8P 1E2 Canada
- Phone (905) 521-1579
- Fax: (905) 521-2128
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flex is a 3-D display server that displays atoms and bonds passed to it over socket connections from client programs running on the same, or different computers. Flex is available from Michael Pique, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037; Tel: 619-554-9775; E-mail: email@example.com
FLIMSY is a molecular graphics and analysis program. Contact Nigel Richards, University of Florida, Department of Chemistry, Gainesville, FL 326211 USA, Tel: +1-904-392-3601, Fax: +1-904-392-8758
GEMM (Generate, Edit and Manipulate Molecules) is an interactive molecular graphics program used at NIH. It can be used to construct, view, modify and manipulate 3-D molecular structures. GEMM runs on SGI and supports the GL library. Contact Dr. B. K. Lee, NIH, Room 4B15, Bldg. 37 Bethesda, MD 20892 USA, Tel: +1-301-496-6580, Fax: +1-301-402-1344, E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Insight II is a 3-D molecular modeling graphics program for the creation, modification, manipulation, display and analysis of molecular systems and related data. The program consists of four modules: Viewer, Builder, Docking and AMPAC/MOPAC. It is available from Accelrys.
IRIS Explorer is a visual programming system for data visualization, animation, manipulation and analysis, designed for scientists and engineers to create applications for displaying and analyzing complex multi-dimensional datasets interactively.
The system has a programming component which developers can use for creating new applications, and a user environment in which the applications run. This dual purpose capability caters both to end users who wish to build on an existing software foundation and to application developers who wish to target specific markets effectively.
IRIS Explorer comes with approximately 200 computational modules for reading, manipulating, writing and displaying numerical data. Among other operations, modules are provided for sampling, cropping and slicing datasets. Other modules are provided for visualizing data in 1, 2, or 3 dimensions. There are approximately 40 modules for image processing, filtering, sharping and equalizing image data, and for performing arithmetic operations on image data.
Included with IRIS Explorer is a companion application for building modules. This window/menu driven application is called Module Builder or MBuilder. MBuilder utilizes a graphical user interface to help incorporate source code, (either C, C++, or Fortran) into a graphical computational module for use in the IRIS Explorer runtime enviroment.
Version 3.5 of IRIS Explorer is available for DEC Alpha/Unix, HP9000, IBM RS/6000, SGI/IRIX (6.x) and Sun/Solaris. Also Digital Alpha NT and Windows NT. For additional information, please contact
- Rick Guido/Mike Modica
Numerical Algorithms Group Inc
phone: (630) 971-2337
fax: (630) 971-2706
Marvin is a program that contains applets for drawing and viewing structures. It supports the display of numerous structures and works with all Java versions. The company does not provide source code, however, custom development projects can be addressed. Marvin can be previewed at http://www.jchem.com/marvin/. For additional information, contact
- Ferenc Csizmadia, Ph.D.
Valyog u. 7, H-1032 Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +3620 9570988
Fax: +361 3875944
MidasPlus is a molecular modeling and drug design support system developed by the Computer Graphics Laboratory at UCSF. The program allows real-time display of color, line and surface displays of several interacting molecules, while qualitatively monitoring the stereo chemistry. The complete model of the molecules is generated, however it is possible to view any sub-segment in isolation for clarification. Various display options are available. MidasPlus runs on SGI, DECstation 5000 (with PXG 3D graphics option) and NeXT workstations. Contact:
- Norma Belfer
MIDAS Software Coordinator
Dept. of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
513 Parnassas Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143-0446 USA
Molecular Images is an interactive 3-D molecular graphics software package for viewing and manipulating Protein Data Bank (PDB) macromolecular files on Windows platforms. The package consists of three programs:
- Psearch - for browsing and searching of keywords in lists of files including the PDB CD-ROM. Bitmaps can be associated with files for quick recognition. Selected files are launched into Molw.
- Molw - a fast, interactive viewing program for viewing, analyzing, and coloring one to several macromolecules. Residues can be mutated to new types, fit by bond torsions and rotation/translation and structures least-squares superimposed. Viewing options include stick, ball-and-stick, CPK or any combination of these. Options include dot surfaces, secondary structure ribbons, H-bonding calculation, B-Value analysis, nearest neightbour contacts, split-eye stereo, and printing. Molw uses WinG and custom line-drawing routines for the fastest possible graphics speed.
- Showcase - a molecular ray-tracer that can produce photo-realistic images from scenes set up in Molw (see Jan. 15, 1996 cover of C & E News). A full range of lighting options are available including ambient, diffuse, specular, transparent and reflective surfaces, depthcueing, shadows, multiple colored lights and fog. A background bitmap can be imported, labels added, and geometric objects added such as a floor and walls. Output can be printed ($300 inkjets work great), used as wallpaper and imported into your word processor or presentation graphics program. Animations can be made in conjunction with Microsoft Video for Windows or similar.
All the programs have context-sensitive online help as well as a printed manual.
A new 32-bit version for Windows 95 is now available and a MAC version is due this summer (sooner for those willing to beta test). For more information or a demo, e-mail email@example.com or see our web page at http://www.concentric.net/~molimage. Price: $295 commercial, $195 academic + tax, shipping and handling. Contact:
- Molecular Images
4541 Hidalgo Ave
San Diego, CA 92117
Voice mail/FAX (619)483-2051.
Molden is a package for displaying Molecular Density from the Ab Initio packages GAMESS-UK , GAMESS-US and GAUSSIAN and the Semi-Empirical packages Mopac/Ampac, it also supports a number of other programs via the Molden Format. Molden reads all the required information from the GAMESS / GAUSSIAN outputfile. Molden is capable of displaying Molecular Orbitals, the electron density and the Molecular minus Atomic density. Either the spherically averaged atomic density or the oriented ground state atomic density can be subtracted for a number of standard basis sets. Molden supports contour plots, 3-d grid plots with hidden lines and a combination of both. It can write a variety of graphics instructions; postscript, XWindows, VRML, povray, OpenGL, tekronix4014, hpgl, hp2392 and Figure. The Xwindows version of Molden is also capable of importing and displaying of chemx, PDB, and a variety of mopac/ampac files and lots of other formats. It also can animate reaction paths and molecular vibrations. It can calculate and display the true or Multipole Derived Electrostatic Potential and atomic charges can be fitted to the Electrostatic Potential calculated on a Connolly surface. Molden has a powerful Z-matrix editor which give full control over the geometry and allows you to build molecules from scratch, including polypeptides. Molden was also submitted to the QCPE (QCPE619), allthough the Xwindows version is considerably running behind on the current one.
molekel is an advanced Interactive 3D-Graphics system for Molecular Sciences. The program is a molecular graphics package for visualizing molecular and electronic structure data from the output of various Chemistry Applications including GAUSSIAN 94/98, GAMESS-US, ADF and many others. MOLEKEL is a GLUT / OpenGL application and is available for UNIX, LINUX and WINDOWS free of charge.
OrbVis is an online service (http://www2.ccc.uni-erlangen.de/services/orbital/) for the calculation and visualization of molecular orbitals. The service will visualize all MOs of any reseonable structure you create. It employs a combination of a VRML2.0 plugin and a JAVA1.1 applet with many display options to control the visual appearance. System Requirements:
- SGI: Netscape Communicator 4.04 with JDK1.1 patch; VRML 2.0 plugin
- WIN 9x/NT: Netscape Communicator 4.5 or higher; VRML 2.0 plugin
QMol is a program designed for displaying molecular structures and dynamic trajectories. The program (and source code) is freely available and runs on both Windows 95/98/NT and Linux. The program is available at http://lancelot.bio.cornell.edu/jason/qmol.html
Qmol is a program for viewing molecular structures and animating molecular trajectories. It is based on the molview demo program by Mark Kilgard (from his book, Programming OpenGL for the X Window System) and inspired by the Xmol program. Qmol does not try to compete with programs like VMD , MolMol , weblab and ICM, but instead opts for a fast, an easy to use user interface with a simple set of features. It supports the following:
- Display stick figure and space-filling molecular structures from a PDB file (more formats are possible if there is strong demand).
- Animate molecular trajectories stored in the DCD file format.
- Interactively measure bond lengths, bond angles and torsion angles.
- Dynamically adjust user selected torsion angles.
- Display atom labels.
Quanta is a 3-D molecular modeling graphics program for the creation, modification, manipulation, display and analysis of molecular systems and related data. The program consists of several modules for specific tasks and is available from Accelrys.
RAsMol structure viewer for Mac, PC/Windows and UNIX systems.
RASTER3D is a set of tools for generating high quality raster images of proteins or other molecules. The core program renders spheres, triangles and cylinders with specular highlighting and shadowing. Ancillary programs process atomic coordinates from Brookhaven PDB files into rendering descriptions for pictures composed of mixtures of ribbons, space-filling atoms, bonds, ball and stick, etc. Programs for previewing and figure composition are written for Iris workstations (GL graphics). Output modules are available for generating raster files compatible with AVS, ImageMagick, Sun and Iris display programs. Source is available free of charge from anonymous ftp: stanzi.bchem.washington.edu. Contact:
- Ethan Merritt
Department of Biological Structure SM-20
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195 USA
Re_View is a Windows program that enables the visualization and analysis of dynamic reaction data such as conformational analysis, reaction pathways, vibrational modes, etc.
Ribbons is designed to display molecular models as rendered images. The data required consist of atomic coordinates in PDB format and files of color coding information. Ribbons runs on SGI and Evans & Sutherland ESV workstations. Contact:
- Dr. Mike Carson
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Center for Macromolecular Crystallography, 252 BHS
79 THT University Station
Birmingham, AL 35294 USA
E-mail: CARSON@UABCMC.BITNET, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santorini is a molecular viewer tool. It can read XYZ coordinate files of atoms and display them in a 3-dimensional view. If your XYZ file contains several coordinate frames of the same bunch of atoms then Santorini can play the file as an animation. The program also allows you to calculate the radial distribution functions as well as isotropic elastic neutron scattering structure factor.
SciAn is a Scientific Visualization and Animation program for Silicon Graphics workstations and IBM RS/6000 workstations with the GL option. It is being developed at the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute at Florida State University with the support of the U. S. Department of Energy and the State of Florida.
UCSD MMS (Molecular Modeling System) is an interactive 3-D molecule display program which is used to represent molecules as line drawings, dot surfaces and wire frames electron density contours. Source code is included. Contact:
University of California
Department of Chemistry
0314, 9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093 USA
Vchem is a fully functional molecular viewer that is based upon the 3 D graphics standard OpenGL and runs on Windows 95 and Windows NT PCs. A freely downloadable version is currently available from Virtual Chemistry, 7770 Regents Road #251, San Diego, CA 92122; Phone/Fax: 619-587-8699; E-mail: info@VirtualChemistry.com.
VEGA was developed to create a bridge between most of the molecular software packages, like BioDock, Quanta/CHARMm, Insight II, MoPac, etc. In this tool have been also implemented some features that are useful to analyze, display and manage the 3D structures of molecules. VEGA is written in high portable code (standard C language) and can be executed on a lot of hardware systems simply recompiling the source code. The program is already tested on the following operating systems: IRIX (Silicon Graphics), Windows 9x/NT PCs, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, AmigaOS, etc.
VEGA On-line (VEGAWE, http://galaxy.farma.unimi.it/vegawe) is a server-based service for all Internet users that want use the VEGA features without install it on their computer. VEGAWE can convert several file formats, add hydrogen atoms, assign atom types and atomic charges.
- Dr. Giulio Vistoli
- Institut of Medicinal Chemistry
- Pharmacy School
- University of Milan
- Viale Abruzzi, 42
- I-20131- Milano
- Tel: +39-02-50317522
- Fax: +39-02-50317565
- URL: http://www.ddl.unimi.it
Visualize can display high-quality 3D renderings of molecules and surfaces, in real-time, and can also take advantage of hardware graphic accelerators (OpenGL). It can open PDB files, and display molecules using ball-and-stick, tube, vector, and CPK models. Simple operations for building molecules is included, and proteins can be built from PDB SEQRES entries. A wide variety of surfaces can be calculated, including Connolly, density contour, electrostatic potential contour, and full density plots, and rendered in different modes (dot, solid, wireframe), color spectrums, and transparencies. RHF, UHF, and ROHF energies can be calculated, including Moller-Plesset 2nd Order, GUGA Configuration Interaction energy corrections, and solvent energies (Polarizable-Continuum Model, Self-Consistent Reaction Field, and Effective Fragment Potential). Finally, the user can run Monte Carlo simulations or analytic gradient methods (such as Newton-Raphson) to find optimal geometries. A simple force field model is also included, for calculations on larger systems. Visualize runs on Windows95, 98 and NT systems. Full source code is also available. For more information and to download, visit the Website at http://www.compbio.net/downloads/visualize/index.html 0r contact Jason L. Douglas at e-mail address email@example.com
Viewmol is a program for the visualization of outputs from quantum chemical as well as from molecular mechanics programs. Currently supported formats include Gaussian 9x, Discover, DMol/DSolid, Gulp, Turbomole, and PDB files. Properties visualized include geometry (with various drawing modes), vibrations (animated or with arrows), optimization history/MD trajectories, MO energy level diagram, MOs, basis functions, electron density. Drawings can be saves as TIFF, HPGL, Postscript, input files for Rayshade. Viewmol uses separate "input filters" to process output files. Therefore it can easily be extended to read output of other programs.
VMD is a new package for the graphical display and visualization of biomolecular systems
VOID (Volume Overlap, Isotopy and Docking) is a program for computing the packing defects and the tunnels that connect them in protein molecules and for attempting to predict protein-protein associations. The program examines structures from the perspective of solid geometry rather than physical chemistry. It is available as program number 617 from QCPE
VoxBlast is a 3-D volume rendering program designed to create 3D projections from a series of images. It uses an alpha blending algorithm to create transparency effects. In addition, the user can create and apply color palettes, apply a lighting model, make 3D movies, use scripts and much more. VoxBlast can render data from many sources including MR, CAT, microscopes and voxel based molecular models. Contact:
- John Kesterson
305 West Lowe
Fairfield, IA 52556 USA
WINMGM, is a software package for visualization, manipulation and analysis of biomolecules ( Proteins, Nucleic Acids, Lipids,...). Visualization capabilities include real-time manipulation of high-grade graphics (CPK, ribbons,...), manipulation in relative or absolute coordinates of several molecules, rendering tools providing complex representations of "workstation quality". Construction and optimization tools for peptides and proteins include systematic search using stereo-alphabet combinatorial methods, Monte Carlo calculations, side chain optimization. Analysis tools include.properties calculation such as hydrophobic/ hydrophilic or electrostatic potentials, interdistance maps, Ramachandran maps, solvent accessible surfaces... Available on PC under MS-Windows 3.1, NT and 95. The WINMGM Demo version is located at http://www.Ibanez.li/~mr/index.html
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