[Chimera-users] suggested feature/model panel

Eric Pettersen pett at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Jan 22 15:15:08 PST 2009

On Jan 21, 2009, at 5:05 PM, Matthew Dougherty wrote:

> 1) ability to create folders in the model panel so models can be  
> grouped
> 2) ability to have a model in multiple folders
> 3) ability to show/hide in a folder by a a single checkbox
> 4) ability to name the folder

These are good suggestions, and we have discussed adding some kind of  
grouping mechanism in Chimera given that there are a lot of situations  
where you want to treat a set of models as a single entity (e.g.  
multiple structures fit into a EM map).

I think #2 and #3 are in conflict though.  Really, I don't think you  
want #2 -- it's too confusing.  Say a model is in two groups:  you  
close one group -- what happens?  You hide one group -- what happens?   
You deactivate one group and move the other -- what happens?  Perhaps  
if you elaborated on the motivation for putting a model in multiple  
groups then some other alternative could be devised that provides what  
you need.

I'll open a change-request in our Trac database for "grouping  
mechanism" and include the above.  I don't really want to promise a  
timeline, but the issue is a concern of ours.


                         Eric Pettersen
                         UCSF Computer Graphics Lab

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