[Chimera-users] how to display coordinate axes

Dr. Michael Peters mpeters at vcu.edu
Fri Jan 17 10:22:00 PST 2014

Thanks - I’ll try that.

Dr. Michael Peters
mpeters at vcu.edu

On Jan 17, 2014, at 1:17 PM, Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu> wrote:

> Hi Michael,
> If you mean axes that will move along with your structures and show how their current coordinate system(s) are oriented, there isn't a built-in option, but you can open the attached BILD object file in Chimera to display such axes. It shows the axes (X red, Y yellow, Z blue). The file should be named with the suffix .bild to be recognized automatically.
> The BILD text file is very small and simple.  You can edit the colors, 
> scale, offset etc. as desired.  The format is described here:
> <http://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/bild.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 Jan 17, 2014, at 7:53 AM, Michael H Peters wrote:
>> Hi:  I have a simple question - How do I display the lab or fixed frame coordinate axes?  I am using the windows 32 bit UCSF Chimera on my desktop.  In rasmol the command is "axes on".  I cannot find anything similar in Chimera.
>> Thanks for your help.  An axes display is critical if you need to know the spatial orientation wrt the lab frame.
>> Best wishes, Michael

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