[Pipet Devel] and a new idea!

J.W. Bizzaro bizzaro at bc.edu
Thu Mar 18 22:35:12 EST 1999

Boy, you guys now have a mailbox full of my messages ;-)

I did originally want to make the focus of Loci the production of
publication-quality figures.  This is where some of the comparisons to The GIMP
came in.  Every graphical locus is really supposed to be preparing an

Well, how about this:  We have a _central_ "canvas", where the user can grab
figures from other loci and drop them into the canvas.

The way I see it, someone can take a nucleotide sequence from one locus, drop it
onto the canvas, and then take the 3D structure of the DNA or RNA, and drop it
right below the sequence for comparison.

So, the user is really building a figure for publication.

The workflow system comes in to play now because I would like to see each figure
on the canvas dynamically updated by the originating locus.  E.g., the user
wants to go back and edit the sequence.  When this is done, the user won't have
to drag it back over to the canvas; Loci does it automatically.

I think it does sort of tie together the graphical loci, as they weren't so much
before.  You know, the user really does have a single task in mind.  They want
to publish their results.

Any comments?

J.W. Bizzaro                  Phone: 617-552-3905
Boston College                mailto:bizzaro at bc.edu
Department of Chemistry       http://www.uml.edu/Dept/Chem/Bizzaro/

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