Jmol Tutorial-Authoring Template (JTAT)   --   September 8, 2010

Step-by-step instructions and a template for making your own interactive 3D molecular structure tutorials.
A resource available through the
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The JTAT Demonstration Tutorial shows how a tutorial prepared with JTAT looks, and illustrates the major tutorial features supported by the Jmol Tutorial-Authoring Template.

Tutorials presented in JTAT:
  • Antibody by Eric Martz and Frieda Reichsman. (This is in a pre-release version of JTAT).
  • Collagen by Karl Oberholser. (This is in a pre-release version of JTAT).
  • Exploring DNA by Andrew Carter. (Ported by Frieda Reichsman into a near final pre-release version of JTAT).
  • Hemoglobin by Eric Martz and Frieda Reichsman. (This is in a very early pre-release version of JTAT).
  • Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) by Eric Martz. (In the 2010 release of JTAT. The JTAT Download includes this MHC tutorial, ready to run offline.)
Jmol Tutorial Help, for tutorial users, is linked within JTAT Tutorials under "How To ...".

Authoring Instructions: How to create new tutorials in JTAT.

Download JTAT to use in authoring new tutorials (and it works off-line). This download includes the template viewable below.

View the Empty Template, ready to have molecular content inserted.
A tiny java io FileNotFoundException will appear at the top of Jmol, because no molecule has been specified yet. The template files are included when you download JTAT.

Version History.     Known Problems in This Version.
JTAT Credits

JTAT was largely designed and authored by Eric Martz, who extended and modified a working Jmol-based tutorial shell kindly provided by others. This shell began with dVR Builder developed by Tim Driscoll, which was influenced by the "two-frame" MDL Chime tutorial template shell developed by Martz 1997-1998. Martz, in turn, was influenced by the first browser-based tutorials with rotating molecules, using Chime, developed by David Marcey and Henry Rzepa in 1996. These, in turn, were reminiscent of the pioneering pre-Internet molecular visualization tutorials called Kinemages invented and authored by David and Jane Richardson in 1992. In 2007, Frieda Reichsman extended and adapted dVR Builder, employing some crucial code contributed by Angel Herráez. JTAT has benefited from feedback by Frieda Reichsman, Karl Oberholser, Ross Feldberg, and Angel Herráez. JTAT could not exist, of course, without the Jmol applet, which has been developed by a dedicated team of volunteers. Miguel Howard and Bob Hanson made particularly large contributions to effective rendering of macromolecules.