[Chimera-users] 3D dashed lines

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Sat Nov 27 13:47:34 PST 2010

Hi Sundar,
Currently there is no dashed or dotted stick option for pseudobonds in the interactive view, sorry.  I don't know which tutorial image you mean -- I made the tutorials in the User's Guide and I'm pretty sure they don't have any such images.

I can think of one way to make dotted or dashed stick pseudobonds in a static image from Chimera, but that is with the "neon" command, which is not available on Windows. 

Raytracing with Povray from Chimera will make a static image with solid stick pseudobond even when it is shown as a line in the interactive view, but even if the line is dashed or dotted, the stick is continuous (unfortunately).  At least, that's what happened just now when I tried it in recent builds of both version 1.5 and 1.6.

I can't answer the Side View part, but it might be a graphics driver issue -- you could try updating your graphics driver.
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Nov 27, 2010, at 8:59 AM, M Sundaramoorthy wrote:

> I like to show pseudobonds (H-bonds, metal coordinations and distances) as solid dotted or dashed lines.
> To draw dashed/dotted line I can choose dashed line style in the Pseduobond attributes panel. But it works only with bond style 'wire' not with 'stick'. It can essentially draws flat lines. How do I show 3D dashed/dotted lines? Some images in the tutorial do have such lines represented as dotted (spheres) lines.
> Another problem I have is that the Side View panel shows the image but does not show the eye (the small square) and the clipping planes (vertical lines). I am using Chimera 1.5rc in Windows Vista.
> Thanks
> Sundar

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