[Molvis-list] RasMol: binaries updated

Herbert J. Bernstein yaya at bernstein-plus-sons.com
Sat Apr 12 20:44:58 EDT 2008

11 April 2008:

The binaries for the recently released RasMol kit on
sourceforge have been updated to include new MS Windows, Linux, Mac
OS X 10.5 Universal Binary and Mac OS X 10.3.9 PPC binary kits. The
Mac and Linux binary kits include rasmol_install.sh and rasmol_run.sh
scripts. A recently discovered problem in the load command has been
fixed in these binaries.

If you downloaded a binary prior to 11 April 2008, you may wish to
download these updated binaries.

The widely used molecular graphics program RasMol has been upgraded
to include support for maps, for Bulgarian, Chinese, English,
Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish messages and menus, and
support for the wwPDB remediated PDB format. File releases are
available at http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/openrasmol.
Additional binaries will be added as more ports are completed.

RasMol was written by Roger Sayle in 1992, and has become an
important tool in both research and education in structural biology.
The program displays molecular images of PDB , mmCIF and many other
formats of macromolecular data. It uses simple menus and a simple and
effective command/scripting language.

The project CVS on sourceforge has been updated to this level.
Molecular graphics software developers are invited to contribute new
code. System managers and users are invited to contribute compiled

Many thanks to Roger Sayle who wrote RasMol and managed the
development of the program for most of the 1990s and to all the
people who contributed to the development of RasMol and who continue
to contribute. There are too many to list here, but please checkout
the names listed in the manual and the changelog.

Among the tasks in our queue are extension of the scripting language
for compatibility with PyMOL and Jmol via the Structural Biology
Extensible Visualization Scripting Language (SBEVSL), addition of
more language variants (including a full Chinese translation of the
RasMol manual), and more install kits. Come join the fun.

Work on RasMol has been supported in part by the U.S. Department of
Energy, the U. S. National Science Foundation, and the U.S. NIH
National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Any opinions,
findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this
material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect
the views of the funding agencies.

If you find RasMol useful, we hope that you will consider making a
donation to help support further development via the sourceforge
donation system.

Herbert J. Bernstein
yaya-hjb at users.sourceforge.net

  Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
    Dowling College, Kramer Science Center, KSC 121
         Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY, 11769

                  yaya at dowling.edu

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