[Chimera-users] Regarding backbone images for protein structures

Eric Pettersen pett at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Mar 15 11:03:19 PDT 2010

Also, although the command for showing the minimal backbone is "show  
minimal" (as you stated) the command for showing the full backbone is  
"show full", not "show backbone".


                         Eric Pettersen
                         UCSF Computer Graphics Lab

On Mar 15, 2010, at 10:56 AM, Elaine Meng wrote:

> Hello Saurabh,
> Starting with Chimera 1.4 the default initial display of a molecule  
> is nicer:  ribbons instead of all atoms.  However, you can get all  
> atoms shown initially if that is what you prefer.  If you want that  
> all the time, just change your preferences (Favorites...  
> Preferences, go to "New Molecules" category, set "smart initial  
> display" to false, click Save).  If you just want it sometimes and  
> you are using the "open" command inside of Chimera, use "open  
> noprefs."  Or, just hide the ribbon after you open the structure if  
> that is what is bothering you, or use the all atoms Preset.
> This is not a bug.  This change and how to circumvent it (as  
> included above) are described in the 1.4 release notes,
> <http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/relnotes/1.4.html>
> I hope this helps,
> Elaine
> -----
> Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.
> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
> Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
> University of California, San Francisco
> On Mar 14, 2010, at 10:41 PM, Saurabh Gupte wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have been using Chimera for observing the 3D model of protein  
>> structures. For viewing the backbone structure, I used the  
>> following commands:
>> show backbone or show minimal
>> But in the latest production version 1.4, I am not able to view the  
>> backbone/minimal structure. The 3D structure is rendered properly  
>> but the above command do not seem to work. Have there been any  
>> changes in the format for above commands or have they been  
>> substituted by some other commands?
>> Thanks,
>> Saurabh
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