[Chimera-users] Distance label

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Thu Jan 19 09:41:00 PST 2012

Hi Damien,
The font style and size for all (3D) labels collectively can be set in the Preferences (under Favorites in the menu), category: Background. 

Although you can move atom/residue labels with mouse Ctrl-right drag, that doesn't work for bond/pseudobond labels like the distance value.

If this is for a figure, consider first setting up the view and then using 2D Labels (under Tools... Utilities) instead of 3D labels.  This tool allows creating/moving labels, including symbols like Angstrom symbol, Greek letters, and arrows, anywhere in the 2D plane, and they can be in all different sizes and colors.  These are not associated with specific atoms and bonds and do not move along with the structure.

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Jan 19, 2012, at 2:06 AM, Damien Larivière wrote:

> Dear all,
> I often use the distance tool in order to display the distance between two atoms. It is possible to set several parameters to render the distance (line, stick, color, display the Angstrom symbol or not,...).
> I would like to increase the size of the label indicating the distance in Angstrom, and eventually to move the label somewhere else in the viewport. Is it possible to do that?
> Thanks
> Damien

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