[Chimera-users] 3D to 2D

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Sep 30 10:14:21 PDT 2016

Hi Sameer,
You would have to be more specific about what you mean by “information,” but since you mention bild objects, I suspect the answer is no.

Of course Chimera has quite a few ways for measuring all kinds of things on atomic structures (distances, angles, RMSDs, residue-residue distance matrices, etc.) and density maps, and then reporting or writing out the values.  However, bild objects are just geometrical objects so there aren’t really commands to measure things about them.  Presumably if you had the bild file in the first place the object coordinates and dimensions would already be in there.

Maybe you want the coordinates as projected into 2D, as if you saved an image.  My only guess would be to save such an image file and then trace outlines in the image with some general mage-processing software.

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

On Sep 29, 2016, at 5:50 PM, Sameer K Singh <sameer.singh at einstein.yu.edu> wrote:

> Hi,
> I was wondering if it's possible to extract information from 3D plots in Chimera and render them as 2d plots.Specifically I'm trying to extract information from a .bild file displayed in chimera and display it as a 2D plot of some kind in an external program (eg: excel)
> Thank you very much.
> Best,
> Sameer

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