[Chimera-users] Nice postscript output from chimera.

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Jun 25 11:36:38 PDT 2004

On Fri, 25 Jun 2004, J B Procter wrote:

> Does anyone know of a way of generating postscript from chimera via a
> vector rendering of the structure, rather than simply embedding the
> rendered image ?

Just to be clear, the answer is no.  PostScript's imaging model does not 
match chimera's very well -- for example, molecular surfaces could be 
decomposed into single color triangles (PostScript does not support 
interpolating colors across a triangle), but the result would be for a 
particular resolution and the data would be significant larger than the 
image data for that resolution, so there is no advantage in the general 

> What would be even more fun is if one could generate a molscript
> diagram from a chimera view.

What aspect of the MolScript diagram do you really want?  Generating 
molscript input for a single molecule looks like it would be fairly easy, 
so you could use chimera as an interactive version of the MolAuto program.
A python script that generate MolScript input from the current chimera 
state would be a welcome contribution.  :-)  If there a visual aspect of
MolScript that you would like chimera to duplicate, please let us know.

 	- Greg

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