[Chimera-users] Integrating chimera into a database

Eric Pettersen pett at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Aug 15 17:26:10 PDT 2016

Hi Caitlyn,
	Another possible option to be aware of is that Chimera can export to WebGL format, which can show the 3D structure in most modern web browsers and allow it to be manipulated with the mouse much in the same way it can in Chimera’s graphics window.  Well, rotation and scaling at least.  You can export to WebGL either with File…Export, or with the “export” command.
	The WebGL does lack some basic things, like showing text labels, so you would really need to try it out to see if it meets your needs.


	Eric Pettersen
	UCSF Computer Graphics Lab

> On Aug 15, 2016, at 4:49 PM, Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:
> Hi Caitlyn,
> The users would have to have Chimera installed on their machines in order to open Chimera sessions.  There is a “web data” mechanism for the browser to use Chimera as a helper app (analogous to Preview or Adobe for PDF files), but it requires Chimera on the end machine.
> <http://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/ContributedSoftware/webdata/chimerax.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 Aug 15, 2016, at 8:14 AM, McCafferty, Caitlyn (NIH/NEI) [F] <caitlyn.mccafferty at nih.gov> wrote:
>> Hi, 
>> I have a number of colored protein structures from chimera that are saved as python files. I would like to put these structures on a database so other users may access them. Is there a way (preferably using html) that a user could click on the python file and it would open up in chimera through the database-- even if the user does not have chimera installed?
>> Thank you,
>> Caitlyn McCafferty
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