[Chimera-users] will chimeraX support the BILD file format?

Francois BERENGER berenger at bioreg.kyushu-u.ac.jp
Thu Nov 16 17:17:26 PST 2017

On 11/17/2017 09:53 AM, Greg Couch wrote:
> We've been debating that.  The bild format has many commands. Which ones
> do you use?  I ask because I have code that implements the transforms,
> color, and shape commands, but not any of the line drawing, polygon or
> marker commands.  Does that work for you?

I use most of the drawing commands, to create graphical annotations
(arrows, boxes, spheres).
And I love the fact that they can be colored and made transparent.

The whole format is potentially useful to me.

This is a big advantage of Chimera over pymol for example.
Don't loose that.
Pymol is a mess for that and it forces you to go down to Python.
Going through a simple specialized text format like BILD is a huge win.

The BILD file format is trivial to generate by hands (for quick test)
and via any programming language (when in production).


>     -- Greg
> On 11/16/2017 04:35 PM, Francois BERENGER wrote:
>> Hello,
>> https://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/bild.html
>> I am a huge fan of this chimera feature, so I hope it will
>> not disappear (trivial to create graphical annotations by hand
>> or via a program).
>> Regards,
>> F.
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