Note: This list merely contains those programs that were used during the class and does not intend to be a comprehensive list of available programs.
-Protein Data Bank file viewers:
Rasmol: first generation pdb and molecule viewer: Very nice to get a first glimpse on
a protein. Also includes scripting capabilities, but this is somewhat complicated to handle. Runs
under Windows and Linux http://www.umass.edu/microbio/rasmol/
VMD (Visual Molecular Dynamics):
VMD is agreat program for viewing pdb - files and molecular dynamics simulations (in connection with NAMD),
Includes many structure visualization modes, many presentation choices. Easy scripting capability based on
TCL/TK or python. There are scripts available that add button capabilities to the program, which faciliates demonstrations during lectures and seminars.
This program will be dominantly used in the class. Runs
under Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Research/vmd/
SPDBV (Deep view Swiss pdb viewer): Also an advanced program with
capabilities partly exceeding those of VMD, however, the graphical presentation
is not as nice as with VMD. Runs under Windows and Linux. http://ca.expasy.org/spdbv/
a newcomer written in python which looks promising. Easy creation of presentations, in some ways similar to VMD. Runs under Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac http://pymol.sourceforge.net
-Program aimed at visualizing small molecules and outputs from calculations:
The molecule visualization programs use the output data from molecule calculation programs, such as Gaussian, Gamess, Mopac6 or others. Since these calculations on a high-quality level take a considerable time and are complicated to operate, the input and output files from
computations will be provided and can directly be used in the visualization programs.
Molekel: similar to molden, shows structure, orbitals, electron density etc.
Also shows animated vibrational modes, but does not include a drawn spectrum. Runs under Unix/Linux and Windows. http://www.cscs.ch/molekel/
Oscail / Móílín : A very nice GUI from Prof. P. McArdle, National University of Ireland, Galway, for drawing molecules and submitting jobs for calculation using
Tinker, Mopac6, Wingamess and Iconc. Mopac6 and Iconc (Prof. G. Calzaferri) is included, Tinker and Wingamess (Prof. Alex Granovsky) have to be installed independently. Runs under Windows. https://www.nuigalway.ie/crystallography/oscailsoftware/
Gamess / Wingamess : The ab-initio free program. Several versions (Gamess-UK, Gamess-US) and multiple compilations are available for Windows and Unix. The version used in the class can be found here: http://classic.chem.msu.su/gran/gamess/index.html
Tinker / Force Field Explorer: Modular molecular mechanics calculation package with FFE as GUI from
Prof. Jay W. Ponder, Washington University, St. Louis) . Runs under Unix/Linux and Windows. http://dasher.wustl.edu/tinker/
HEX : Docking program (Dave Ritchie, University of Aberdeen). Runs under Unix/Linux, Windows and MAC. http://hex.loria.fr/
FAST: FAST Alignment and Search Tool -Boston University. Runs in the Internetbrowser or offline under Linux and Mac http://biowulf.bu.edu/FAST/
Please note: Chime is not freeware, and MDL, that developed chime is not really updating it any longer and does not publish the source code. This clearly demonstrates the disadvantage of 'cost free' programs that do not come with a open source licence, for example that are not governed by GPL. I only included these links, since many authors still offer very nice Chime-based presentations (including me, I do not have the time to rewrite those). Do not create new scripts with Chime, there are much better alternatives, especially JMOL. This is Java -based, goes without additional plug-in installation and is platform -independent. More to this topic under the following page:
Molecular Visualization Resources -Eric Martz