[Chimera-users] Chimera inquiry: .py to .u3d conversion

Hurt, Darrell (NIH/NIAID) [E] darrellh at niaid.nih.gov
Mon Aug 13 12:45:01 PDT 2012

Hi Will,

Sounds like you might be trying to prepare a 3D PDF file.

I use Chimera to output a .OBJ file (File > Export). Then I import it using DAZStudio and then export as .U3D.

There are probably other ways to do this, but this works well for me.

NB: A .py file will not work — this file is just a list of instructions or recipe for recreating the scene — it does not contain any 3D information.

Hope that helps,

Darrell Hurt, Ph.D.
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From: Will Jones <joneswill03 at gmail.com<mailto:joneswill03 at gmail.com>>
Date: Monday, August 13, 2012 12:44 PM
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Subject: [Chimera-users] Chimera inquiry: .py to .u3d conversion


My name is Will.  I'm a researcher at the University of Iowa.  Our group has been using your Chimera software to visualize a model of our protein of interest.  It's been very helpful but I've run into a small issue that I'd like to ask your advice on.  I'm trying to convert the 3d image of the saved .py file into a universal 3D file (.u3d).  I have tried several types of conversion software including polytrans/nugraph, 3DVIA Composer, and CS5 Adobe Photoshop with no success.  Could you please tell me if conversion of .py to .u3d is possible, and if so how I might go about it.  Thank you, I appreciate your time.



Department of Biochemistry
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Class of 2012

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