[Chimera-users] Color sub-region with marker

Xiaofeng Fu xiaofeng at brandeis.edu
Wed Nov 3 16:52:33 PDT 2010

It seems not as you mentioned, I am sure I have turned off the outline box for both volumes.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tom Goddard" <goddard at sonic.net>
To: "Xiaofeng Fu" <xiaofeng at brandeis.edu>
Cc: chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu
Sent: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 7:33:46 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] Color sub-region with marker

Hi Xiaofeng,

   The Chimera daily build with the outline box fix is not available 
yet.  You can simply turn off the outline box in the volume dialog Data 
Display Options panel.

   The Chimera daily builds are made automatically starting at 9 pm 
Pacific time and then put on the download web page if they succeed, 
usually after midnight.  The builds don't always work, so check the date 
on the download page for the build you want -- you'll need Nov 4 for the 
outline box fix.


> Hi Tom,
> The second problem was clear to me.
> Have you already uploaded tonight's Chimera build?
> Thanks,
> Xiaofeng
> ----- Original Message -----
> Hi Xiaofeng,
>     I fixed "measure contactarea" so it will ignore outline boxes in
> tonight's Chimera builds.
>       Tom
>> Hi Xiaofeng,
>>      The measure contactarea command can only handle surfaces consisting
>> of a single surface pieces.  Surfaces can have more than one selectable
>> piece, but molmap makes a single piece surface so I'm puzzled by the
>> error you get.  I see that if you have an outline box shown for the
>> molmap surface then that is considered a second surface piece and will
>> generate the error message you see.
>>      For your second problem, I can put markers on the clipping surface
>> cap using "place markers on surface" but the trouble is the markers are
>> clipped so you don't see them.  The near/far clipping planes clip
>> everything.  You do see half of a spherical marker (clipped in half) if
>> you hide the map after placing the marker on the clip surface.  I'd
>> suggest using Per-Model Clipping (menu Tools / Depiction) to clip just
>> the map surface -- that way you will be able to see the markers you
>> place on the clip plane.
>>        Tom
>>> Hi Tom,
>>> Thanks for your reply. The questions are:
>>> (1) When I follow your procedure until "measure contactarea #0 #1 12 color tan", it promotes "#0 has 2 surface pieces, require1" and stop working. I don't understand what that means(figure attached).
>>> (2) The question of number 3 at last time about how to put markers directly on the clipped plane is that, for example, in Side view window, when I move the front bar (normally the front and behind bar just cover the object) into the object to observe inside, I try to put markers on this capped plane inside the object, but it doesn't work even I have chosen "put markers on surface".
>>> Xiaofeng
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> Hi Xiaofeng,
>>>       The Chimera Color Zone tool has lots of limitations as you've noticed.
>>>       The jagged edges on the colored region when using color zone happen
>>> because the surface is made up of triangles and Chimera can only color
>>> each triangle vertex and then linearly interpolates colors across the
>>> triangle based on the 3 vertex values.  That can look bad.  Your
>>> solution of using the "subdivide surface" option in the volume dialog
>>> surface surface and mesh options panel will help reduce the jaggedness.
>>> There is one tricky solution that can produce a smoother edge.  It uses
>>> a command I just added a month ago called "measure contactarea".  The
>>> virtue of this approach is that it creates a new surface chopping the
>>> triangles at the edge of your zone to make a perfect smooth boundary.
>>> But it wasn't intended as a substitute for the color zone dialog.
>>> Instead it measures the area on one surface within a given distance of
>>> another surface and displays that contact area.  The first problem using
>>> this is that it doesn't use markers and a surface like color zone --
>>> instead it uses two surfaces.  So the first trick is to turn your
>>> markers into a surface.  If the markers are model #1 use
>>>         molmap #1 3
>>> to make a 3 Angstrom resolution surfaces for those markers.  Now to
>>> color a zone around those markers on volume data #0 use
>>>         measure contactarea #0 #1 12 color tan
>>> This will make a new surface matching volume surface #0 within a range
>>> of 12 Angstroms from surface #1 (the marker surface created with
>>> molmap).  It has beautiful smooth edges.  See the attached picture.
>>> You'll need a Chimera daily build to use "measure contactarea".  I
>>> suggest tonight's daily build, because I made some changes to "measure
>>> contactarea" to make the surface look very smooth.  Earlier daily builds
>>> had a less smooth edge, and less smooth colored region.  If you add
>>> "slab 2" as an option it will make the colored patch have thickness 2A
>>> (not shown).
>>>       1) You can't use different color zone radii on the same surface at
>>> the same time.  This is item 37 in the Chimera feature request list.
>>>         http://plato.cgl.ucsf.edu/trac/chimera/wiki/requests
>>> You can use the above trick multiple times to create color patches using
>>> different radii.
>>>       2) Not sure I understand this question.  I think you are asking if
>>> you can color inside rectangles and ellipses.  There's no way to do that
>>> now.  I'm not sure how you would describe the rectangle or ellipse with
>>> a marker since a marker is a sphere and those shapes have non-equivalent
>>> axes.  You can create such shapes with the Chimera "shape" command but
>>> you can't for instance color everything within such a shape.  The
>>> closest you can do is color near a traced path made with markers and
>>> links.  This basically lets you color in a cylindrical zone.  To enable
>>> this you use the bondzone command
>>>         http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/midas/bondzone.html
>>>       3) Not sure exactly what case you are interested in.  If you clip a
>>> surface you can place markers exactly of the "cap" surface that covers
>>> the hole left by clipping.  You would use the Volume Tracer mouse mode
>>> with "Place markers on surfaces" enabled.  If you wanted to place
>>> markers on single data planes of a volume you would enable "Place
>>> markers on data planes".
>>>         Tom
>>>> Dear Chimera users,
>>>> I always have problems when I color a sub-region of density map by markers. Rather than a zigzag, boundary, I try to create a smooth curve boundary of sub-region from a whole density 3D volume. In this case, if I just put one marker and select a big coloring radius, the boundary in cross-view will show a circle curve at the boundary, however if I use a very small coloring radius and put more and closer markers on the boundary, the boundary shows a sawtooth in cross-view, even I choose 4 times for subdividing surface. Or is there any other way to do this instead of markers? And I have several other questions:
>>>> (1) Is that possible to have different coloring radius in one Chimera session?
>>>> (2) except for ball shape, can we have more options on the coloring object with markers? For example rectangular, ellipse and so on.
>>>> (3) Is that possible to put markers directly on the clip planes?
>>>> Thanks in advance,
>>>> Xiaofeng
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