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

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Nov 21 14:22:25 PST 2017

Hello Francois,
I’m happy to report that thanks to Greg, the current daily build of ChimeraX reads BILD files!  The documentation isn’t in there yet,  but almost everything about it is the same as in Chimera.  There are even a couple of new features. The documentation is written and should be included in the next daily build.
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Chimera(X) team
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Nov 16, 2017, at 5:17 PM, Francois BERENGER <berenger at bioreg.kyushu-u.ac.jp> wrote:
> 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).
> Regards,
> F.
>>     -- 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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