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    Software: Jmol Tutorial-Authoring Template (JTAT)
    Submitted by Eric Martz; posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2008


    Jmol ( has emerged as arguably the best way to display rotatable, zoomable, interactive 3D views of molecules in web pages. A new Tutorial-Authoring Template that employs Jmol (JTAT) has been released today. That site also offers evaluations of several other Jmol-based website authoring tools.

    JTAT includes a Demonstration Tutorial that illustrates its capabilities, including zoom and slab sliders, comparing 2, 3, or 4 molecules side-by-side with synchronization of mouse-elicited rotations to maintain alignment, standard color schemes (DRuMS) and automated generation of the matching standard color keys, expandable details (hidden when not needed), option to center any atom, and support for animations and movies.

    Extensive, step by step documentation explains how to develop tutorials in JTAT by "filling in" the template.

    Molecular scenes can be developed and customized easily with menus and buttons at Proteopedia.Org, and the resulting molecular scenes installed into JTAT using Jmol state scripts. Tutorials on DNA Structure, Hemoglobin, Collagen, and Antibody that were developed in pre-release versions of JTAT are already available.


    JTAT and Jmol are open-source projects. JTAT is released under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike 3.0 License. Authors of tutorials in JTAT are encouraged to use that same license. Jmol is released under the GNU Lesser Public License.

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