[Chimera-users] save / restore camera angles

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Sun Jan 22 10:41:13 PST 2012

Hi Charles,
Sure, that makes sense. There are commands "save" and "restore" to save and restore the viewing "position" (positions of all the models and clipping planes).  A position does not include coloring, styles, etc.

We are also working on a new thing called "scenes" that include the position, plus colors and display styles, but they are still somewhat experimental.  I.e. they don't include everything you would want yet, and add much more size to session files than the "positions" do.  Scenes are saved/restored with the Animation tool (under Tools... Utilities) or the command "scene."

So I definitely recommend saving positions.  Caveat emptor currently on scenes, and to try scenes out you would need a daily build (Chimera 1.6, not the production release 1.5.3).
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 21, 2012, at 7:25 PM, Greenberg, Charles wrote:

> I'd like to be able to manipulate things at various angles and be able to return back to a fixed camera view for when I want to save an image. I want to take a series of images with things colored differently, but they won't look quite the same if I have to manually try to move the camera each images.  Does that make sense?  Thanks.
> --Charles

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