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January 01, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 1)


  • Quick graphics, multiple viewing options
  • No help guide
Platform: iPad/iPhone  
Cost: Free

Fans of the Pymol molecule visualization program, rejoice! Pymol is now available on-the-go via the iPad app of the same name. Users can pinch-and-zoom and move molecules about the screen with ease. Whether you choose to display your macromolecule as simple line drawings, cartoons, or surface plots (among other options), the graphics update nicely and do not lag as users manipulate them. The app allows users to choose different display options for polymers, ligands, ligand sites, and solvent, when applicable. Users can download structures to view from PDB, PubChem, PyMOL Dropbox, or a custom PyMOL server by the makers of the app. Once you’ve positioned the molecule exactly as you’d like, you can take a screenshot and either copy it to the clipboard or save it to either Dropbox or your photos.

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