[Chimera-users] [chimerax-users] Color palettes - ColorBrewer support?

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Sep 8 13:20:56 PDT 2017

HI Oli,
Thanks for the suggestion. I agree these would be great to have in ChimeraX, and we certainly haven’t ruled it out… but (as you know) many things are vying for developer time.  I would certainly use those palettes if they were available.

We’re aware of Colorbrewer and actually its palettes have been in Chimera’s Palette Editor for quite a while:

However, they never got interfaced with coloring by value and the only direct use was for gradient-coloring the background… admittedly not the best use of most multicolor schemes.
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Chimera(X) team
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Sep 8, 2017, at 8:35 AM, Oliver Clarke <olibclarke at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I see in the help for the “rainbow” command that there is an option for web-fetched palettes – any chance for integrating support for ColorBrewer ( http://colorbrewer2.org/#)? 
> It has different very well-designed palettes for sequential (e.g. color by residue) divergent (e.g. color by charge or hydrophobicity) and qualitative (e.g. color by chain) data, and they are designed to be colorblind-safe etc. 
> It’s intended for cartography, but I have manually used their palettes for structural biology with pleasing results – the full set of palettes can be downloaded as JSON or in an excel spreadsheet.
> Cheers
> Oli
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