[Chimera-users] Drawing with BILD commands directly from Chimera command line

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Jul 1 09:45:57 PDT 2013

Hi Dany,
Not exactly, other than using "open" to open the BILD file.

However, you might be interested in using the "shape" command instead.  The result is a little different (makes a surface model) but if it has all the shapes you need, it might be even better because you can make later modifications to the surface model.  For example, you could later change the color of the shape by selecting it and using the Actions… Color menu.

"shape" documentation, including examples:

There is also a "define" command that creates discs to show planes and cylinders to show axes, where the planes and axes are calculated from specified atoms:

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 Jul 1, 2013, at 2:29 AM, Dan Cohen <bojemoi at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
> Is there an option to type in BILD commands directly into the Chimera command line?
> (I know you can create a file with BILD commands and open it with Chimera but it would
>  be helpful just to open the command line and type them in)
> Thank you,
> Dany

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