[Chimera-users] Comments on residues in Chimera

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Wed Jul 1 13:20:05 PDT 2020

Hi Rohan,
I tried to change the subject line to something useful (for other people), but I am not sure what you mean.  If you mean labels for display in the graphics window, your choices are 2D labels or 3D labels.

3D labels are still flat themselves, but they move along with the labeled atoms or residues.  You can select an atom (Ctrl-click) and then add some label with menu: Actions... Label... other...  to enter whatever text you want.  Or menu: Actions... Label... residue... custom...   The command way is with command "label" (atoms) or "rlabel" (residues).

2D labels can be placed anywhere in the X,Y rectangle of the window and do not move with the structure.  Typically you would use those to make a nice figure for a publication, when you have already decided the structure position and do not plan to move it around any more.  See menu: Tools... Utilities... 2D Labels for the graphical interface.  There is also a "2dlabel" command, like for scripting movie content.

I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                       
UCSF Chimera(X) team
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Jul 1, 2020, at 11:00 AM, Rohan Marde <rohanmarde978 at gmail.com> wrote:
> How can I make comments on specific residues in UCSF Chimera?

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