Molecular Graphics Visualisation tool.
BioMolecular Structures Group
Glaxo Research & Development
Greenford, Middlesex, UK.
RasMol is an X Window System tool intended for the visualisation of
proteins and nucleic acids. It reads Brookhaven Protein Databank (PDB)
files and interactively renders them in a variety of formats on either an
8bit or 24/32bit colour display. The complete source code and user
documentation for the UNIX/X11, IBM PC/MSWindows and the VMS/DecWindows
versions may be obtained by anonymous ftp from ftp.dcs.ed.ac.uk
[184.108.40.206] in the directory /pub/rasmol. All the source code is
contained in the file RasMol2.tar.Z and the MS Windows source code and
executable in the file raswin.zip. Both of these files include on-line
help, hypertext documentation and the previous (dated) version of the
PostScript user reference manual.
Please remember to use "binary" mode when transferring files between
UNIX and MSDOS systems. Check that the file size is the same before and
after transfer. The MSWindows error "No Memory for Application" is
symptomatic of transfering "raswin.exe" in ASCII mode (corrupting it).
The program is intended for teaching and generating publication
quality images. The program has both a menu system and a full featured
command line interface. Different parts and representations of the
molecule may be coloured or displayed in a number of formats independently.
Currently supported formats include wireframe, ball and stick, backbone,
space filling spheres and solid or strands ribbon models. The space filling
spheres may even be shadowed. The molecule may be manipulated using the
mouse, the scroll bars, the interactive command line or from a dials box
(if one is attached). The resulting image may be saved at any point in
PostScript, GIF, PPM, Sun rasterfile or Microsoft BMP formats. For more
details see the RasMol user reference. On a SparcStation, it can shadow
a 10,000 atom spacefilling protein in less than 10 seconds.
The current version of the program has been tested on sun3, sun4,
sun386i, SGI, DEC & E&S mips based machines, DEC Alpha (OSF/1 and OpenVMS),
VAX VMS (under Dec Windows), IBM RS/6000, hp9000, sequent compiled under
both gcc and (typically) the native compiler. The version for Microsoft
Windows requires version 7 of the Microsoft Optimizing C Compiler or
Visual C++ Compiler and the Microsoft Software Development Kit (SDK).
The source code is public domain and freely distributable provided that
the original author is suitably acknowledged. Any comments, suggestions or
questions about the package may be directed to either "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Thank you for acquiring a copy of the RasMol distribution. I hope you
enjoy it! If you like the program and decide to use it, *Please* send me a
short email message to that effect, together with any comments or suggestions
for improving the program. If you appreciate the large amount of work that
has gone into creating RasMol, a small donation of $40 US or #25 GBP to the
address below would be welcome.
Department of Computer Science
University of Edinburgh
The King's Buildings,
Edinburgh EH9 3JZ
Tel: (+44) 081 966 3567
(+44) 031 650 5163