[Chimera-users] Saving scenes

Tom Goddard goddard at sonic.net
Thu Sep 22 09:44:02 PDT 2016

Hi Josh,

  Chimera session files (menu File / Save Session) save the data, views, colors, display styles, what is hidden and shown.  The savepos and reset commands save and restore the positions of models and clip planes and view direction and zoom, just in memory (e.g. “savepos view1”,  “reset view1”).  Positions saved this way are also saved in sessions so after reloading a session you can use the reset command to get those positions back.  Savepos does not save the colors, display styles, or what is hidden and shown.  “Scenes” are created by the “Animation” tool (menu Tools / Utilities / Animation) and the “scene” command and include positions, camera view, colors, display styles, what is hidden and shown.  Scenes try to capture exactly how the scene looks so they are like sessions but no file is used (although the are preserved in session files).  So to save the current scene use command “scene s1 save” and to restore it “scene s1 reset”.  Like savepos/reset you can save as many scenes as you want with different names.  Scenes are a more recent feature and are not completely reliable — they don’t record everything and sometimes the cause errors saving sessions.


> On Sep 22, 2016, at 5:38 AM, Broyde, Joshua E. wrote:
> Dear Tom,
> I hope you are well. I was wondering how to save a particular view (i.e. with specified zoom, atoms displayed and angle of view) in Chimera? Currently, I simply save this as a different session, but I was wondering if there is a better or easier way?
> Josh

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