[Chimera-users] Saving ribbons as PDBs?

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Apr 29 14:55:58 PDT 2014

Hi Maja,
I guess you don't really mean PDB files: those just contain the atomic coordinates rather than the representations.  I haven't done it myself, but from searching online I found a page that suggests you may be able to convert from VRML exported from Chimera into another format for Maya. 

Chimera can export OBJ but surfaces only, whereas VRML export includes ribbons.  The page above doesn't mention ribbons, however.  Chimera export can be done from the File menu or using the export command:

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Apr 29, 2014, at 6:31 AM, Maja Divjak <maja_divjak at yahoo.com.au> wrote:

> Hello Chimera Gurus,
> Is there a way to save ribbon structures as PDBs for import into Maya? I've found only the surface structures are saved in the PDB, even though I am working with the ribbon structure in chimera initially. If there is a way to do this, I would be mightily pleased! I used to export chimera domains as vrml files and then convert them to maya files and both the ribbon and surface structures would be included. You can reply to my work email at divjak.m at wehi.edu.au if you prefer.
> Thank you so much and best wishes,
> Maja Divjak, PhD
> Biomedical Animator
> Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

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