[Chimera-users] pymol get_view and set_view in Chimera?

Jan Kosinski kosinski at embl.de
Tue Feb 10 08:53:04 PST 2015

Dear Elaine,

I would like to be able to copy the position info to a chimera script 
rather than a session. With set_view/get_view it is possible. The one 
can write a script that sets window size, set view, load structures, 
change appearance, and render a figure. If one needs to change a file 
from which model is loaded, with script it involves quick edit of a text 

I seek for that just for convenience of having everything in one 
editable script rather than keeping a session with saved positions.


On 02/10/2015 05:21 PM, Elaine Meng wrote:
> Dear Jan,
> I believe "savepos" and "reset" are the Chimera equivalents, e.g.
> savepos name1
> [...move stuff around...]
> savepos name2
> reset name1
> reset name2 80
> What savepos saves sounds like the same stuff as in the pymol setview description, not sure why you rejected it as the equivalent:
> <http://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/midas/savepos.html>
> Chimera also allows saving/restoring scenes, which besides the position information also include display styles, colors, etc.  See the "scene" command:
> <http://www.rbvi.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/UsersGuide/midas/scene.html>
> Because scenes contain more information than positions, they can make Chimera session files rather large.
> I hope this helps,
> Elaine
> ----------
> Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.
> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
> Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
> University of California, San Francisco
> On Feb 10, 2015, at 7:19 AM, Jan Kosinski <kosinski at embl.de> wrote:
>> Is there an equivalent of pymol get_view and set_view in Chimera?
>> I am aware of savepos command, but I am looking for a feature like Pymol get_view command (http://www.pymolwiki.org/index.php/Get_View), which allows to copy the current view to a script as text and restore it using set_view (http://www.pymolwiki.org/index.php/Set_View).
>> Thanks in advance,
>> Jan

Jan Kosinski, PhD
Structural and Computational Biology Unit
European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg

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