[Chimera-users] Chimera question with Mac

Thomas Goddard goddard at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Nov 30 14:22:06 PST 2009

Hi Corey,

   Using "vi" takes some learning while TextEdit is mostly 
self-explanatory except for the unfortunate situation that "plain text" 
is not a format in the TextEdit / Save As... dialog.  Many programmers 
use "vi".

   I think the little bits of machine code you have seen it TextEdit 
plain text output is because it encodes in unicode (UTF-8), an encoding 
that can handle international characters (Chinese, diacriticals, ...). 
Chimera should read unicode command scripts (I haven't tried though), 
but if you open such a file in an editor that doesn't know about unicode 
(e.g. vi) and you've use any unusual character you'll see weird binary 


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] Chimera question with Mac
From: Corey Fugate
To: Durga Velukumar
Date: 11/30/09 2:13 PM

> You need to use a text editor like Vi or pico, both of which are 
> included on your mac.  In you applications folder, go into 
> the utilities folder and ope Terminal.  cd to your Desktop (cd Desktop) 
> and open Vi by typing "vi" or "pico" (without quotes).  These programs 
> let you give whatever file extension you want (you want .cmd). I like Vi 
> (I'm just used to it, there are plenty of other editors out there). 
>  Below are links to a Vi tutorial -
> http://www.eng.hawaii.edu/Tutor/vi.html#conv
> Elaine and Thomas - often TextEdit puts in little bits of machine code, 
> this has caused me some grieve in the past, so I avoid that program at 
> all costs. 
> On Nov 26, 2009, at 5:25 PM, Durga Velukumar wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia and I'm 
>> using your system, UCSF Chimera, for my powerpoint presentation. I'm 
>> having some problems with trying to create a movie. I have a MacBook 
>> Pro, which I just got this recent August, and downloaded the latest 
>> Chimera version for the Mac. I'm trying to save the commands in a 
>> separate file, like TextEdit, but I don't know what type of file to 
>> save it as. I'm hoping to be able to open the file through Chimera to 
>> play the movie. I tried saving the commands as "movie.cmd" but 
>> TextEdit is not allowing me to save that type of file. Any help would 
>> be greatly appreciated.
>> Thank you,
>> Durga 

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