[Chimera-users] suggested feature/model panel

Dougherty, Matthew T. matthewd at bcm.tmc.edu
Thu Jan 22 16:05:26 PST 2009

Hi Eric, 

You are correct about #2 & #3, there would be an ambiguity in the design & coding.

what I would propose: 
If a folder shuts off (hide), all multiple instantiations would be turned off.
If a folder turns on (show), it only turns the model on in that folder.
If a protein were in to two folders, it would require a third checkbox option of mixed, along with show & hide states.
definitely needs more analysis. Initially I would prefer #2 over #3

as for the motivation: each folder would represent a scenario, easy switching between scenes, improved convenience in working with dozens or hundreds of models.

> 1) ability to create folders in the model panel so models can be grouped
> 2) ability to have a model in multiple folders
> 3) ability to show/hide in a folder by a a single checkbox
> 4) ability to name the folder

I think #2 and #3 are in conflict though.  Really, I don't think you  
want #2 -- it's too confusing.  Say a model is in two groups:  you  
close one group -- what happens?  You hide one group -- what happens?   
You deactivate one group and move the other -- what happens?  Perhaps  
if you elaborated on the motivation for putting a model in multiple  
groups then some other alternative could be devised that provides what  
you need.
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