[Chimera-users] controling multiscale models from command script

Tom Goddard goddard at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Jun 16 21:52:52 PDT 2009

Hi Richard,

  There is no command equivalent of the multiscale dialog, and other 
other Chimera commands don't know anything about the multiscale surfaces 
(none can even change the color or transparency as far as I know).

  Maybe the way to go is to not use multiscale, and instead make a PDB 
file with all the molecule copies (can use multiscale to do that) then 
use the "molmap" command to create surfaces for the desired chains, and 
the "volume" command to change colors, and other commands to show/hide 
ribbons and surfaces as needed.  This approach should work for a 
tetramer, but if you have a virus with 60-fold icosahedral it will be 
unwieldy because every chain will need separate molmap commands to 
create the surfaces.



  If that isn't practical it is possible to use Python code to do the 
things the Multiscale dialog does.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Chimera-users] controling multiscale models from command script
From: Marhoefer, R (Richard)
To: chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu
Date: 6/15/09 8:40 AM
> Dear Chimera Users,
> for the production of a movie file I like to control some attributes of a multiscale model e.g. the style and the surface transparency through a Chimera command file. Unfortunately I couldn't find many commands allowing to do so in the documentation. How could that be done?
> Kind regards,
> Richard
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