[Chimera-users] Z-slice transparency

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Nov 13 15:59:16 PST 2007

On Nov 6, 2007, at 9:22 AM, Tom Goddard wrote:
>  You may want to turn off depth cueing (dimming far objects) to get  
> a brighter plane display.  You can use menu entry Tools / Viewing  
> Controls / Effects and switch off depth cueing.  There is not a  
> Chimera command to do that.  Again a Python script could do it.  Or  
> you can setup your scene including depth cueing turned off, save it  
> as a Chimera session and then open that session before running a  
> movie making script.

Hi Lu,
I just wanted to mention it is possible to save the depth cueing  
settings in your preferences file; it is not necessary to save and  
restart a Chimera session.

In the Effects tool mentioned by Tom, you can uncheck "depth cueing"  
to turn it off, and then click "Save" to save the current settings to  
the preferences file.  Then, later uses of Chimera that refer to the  
same preferences file will automatically have depth cueing turned  
off.  (the wording is a little weird there because it is possible to  
have different preferences files in different directories, but if you  
didn't ever specify a nondefault location, you probably only have one  
preferences file)

Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                          meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

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