[Chimera-users] Three suggestions

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Apr 8 10:00:52 PDT 2013

Hi Antoine,
I don't disagree, just wanted to mention in regards to #2 that you might consider using "alias" ... it can serve similar purposes to named selections, and there is a ~alias command for forgetting previously created aliases:


Although one possible use is to create shorter commands that do something, and that appear in an Aliases menu, another possible use is to refer to sets of atoms with your own names (e.g.  to refer to a set of important residues, or give different names to different domains, etc.).  I often use it in this manner.

I'm guessing that many people use named selections in Chimera because of Pymol "selections," but (in my opinion) Chimera aliases are the logical equivalent.

Thanks for your suggestions,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

On Apr 8, 2013, at 7:39 AM, Antoine Maillard wrote:

> Suggestion #2:
> Named selections: - I did not find out how to edit them (even "suppress" would add flexibility and reliability).
>                                 - The list is not refreshed as session is closed (Windows). Thus opening and closing sessions one after the other results in merging the "Named selections" of all sessions successively opened...

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